With songs like “My Testimony,” “Tell The World” and “I Shall Leap,” Marvin Sapp, Lecrae and Le’Andria Johnson have been listed as some of this year’s top Gospel recording artists.
Trusted music publication Billboard revealed its “Best of 2012” list earlier this month, listing all three acts and fellow inspirational recording artists including Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, Jessica Reedy and Isaac Caree on the Best Albums and Songs charts.
Following the compilation effort “Wow Gospel 2012,” Marvin Sapp is listed at no.2 on the Gospel Albums chart with “I Win.” Led by the breakthrough song “My Testimony,” the album is his fourth (solo) studio album.
Lecrae follows Marvin Sapp at no.3 on the chart with “Gravity,” his sixth studio album. Released through Reach Records, “Gravity” includes efforts like “Mayday,” “Tell The World” and “Lucky Ones” (as well as contributions from Mali Music and Rudy Currence).
William McDowell (“Arise”), James Fortune & FIYA (“Identity”), Fred Hammond (“God, Love & Romance”) and the Joyful Noise soundtrack round out the top seven respectively.
“Sunday Best” (BET) winner and recent Grammy Award winner Le’Andria Johnson comes in at no.8 on the Gospel Albums Chart with “The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson.” Led by the single “Jesus,” the album also features inspirational and moving songs like “I Shall Leap,” “He Was There” and “Struggle Not.”
Mary Mary (“Go Get It”) and Tamela Mann (“Best Days”) round out the top 10.
The year end “Best Of” chart is “ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS and sales data as compiled by Nielsen Soundscan” according to Billboard.