Marvin Sapp has raised the bar and broken records with “Here I Am,” his anticipated follow up to 2007’s “Thirsty”.
Not only debuting atop the Gospel Albums chart, Sapp’s “Here I Am” debuted at no.2 on the Billboard 200 chart in the company of mainstream acts including Ludacris, Lady Antebellum and Raheem Devaughn.
With 76,000 copies moved in its first week of release, “Here I Am” is not just Sapp’s best debut but the highest charting Gospel album in the 54-year existence of the Billboard 200. Up until this week, no gospel album had reached higher than No. 3 – a rank that was met by Kirk Franklin & God’s Property with their 1997 album “The Nu Nation Project.”
Speaking of the album’s success, which was fueled by the inspirational single “The Best In Me,” Sapp told New York radio listeners “All I wanted to do on this CD was pour out what God poured into me. I’m grateful for the opportunity to minister in song and I hope this is just the beginning of where this CD is going.”
“Here I Am” is also no.1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, Top Christian Gospel and Top Christian/Gospel Digital Albums chart.