MARVIN SAPP MAKES HISTORICAL DEBUT ON BILLBOARD TOP 200

MARVIN SAPP’S HERE I AM IS HIGHEST DEBUTING GOSPEL RELEASE EVER ON BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 CHART

HERE I AM Debuts #2 on Billboard Top 200; #1 on Billboard Gospel; #1 on Billboard R&B Chart;

#1 on Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Chart; #1 on Christian/Gospel Digital Albums Chart
#8 on Overall Digital Albums Chart

Here I Am DVD is #1 on Christian Music Video Chart

Marvin Sapp’s new CD & DVD HERE I AM has debuted at the top of 6 Billboard sales charts and marks the first time in the 54-year history of the Billboard Top 200 chart that a Gospel release has landed in its #2 position. This is the biggest first week release from a Gospel artist since the release of God’s Property in 1997, and is also the highest digital first week ever for a Gospel release.

James “Jazzy” Jordan, EVP Verity Gospel Music Group says: “This history-making release week is special in many ways. It’s a celebration of Marvin Sapp’s ear for music and heart for people, both which consistently lead him to songs that the masses want and need to hear. It is also a great day for Gospel music. To have a release that impacts the mainstream as well as Christian and Gospel charts at such a magnitude, is a benefit to the entire Gospel music genre and really is a shining moment for the entire music industry.”

Tom Carrabba, EVP/GM JIVE Label Group adds: “Marvin enjoyed an incredible run with his record-breaking last album, and he continues to raise the bar with ‘Here I Am.’ His debut this week demonstrates that good music transcends categorization, and it is rewarding to see Marvin’s hard work and dedication pay off.”

Marvin Sapp says: “I am tremendously honored and extremely excited today! All I wanted to do on this CD was pour out what God poured into me, and sing the songs that He told me I needed to sing. I am grateful for the opportunity to minister in song and I hope this is just the beginning of where this CD is going.”

Thousands of fans came out to see Marvin Sapp during release week appearances in Chicago at The Music Experience and in Atlanta at Stonecrest Mall. Additionally, March 18 was proclaimed Marvin Sapp Day in Dekalb County. Larry Johnson, Commissioner of Dekalb County District 3, surprised Sapp with the proclamation during his Stonecrest Mall appearance.

HERE I AM, the follow-up to Sapp’s 2007 breakout project Thirsty, was recorded live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a shining example of the gift of music that resides in Marvin Sapp and has received glowing reviews from media including USA Today and The Washington Post.

The CD’s first single, “The Best In Me,” is currently #1 at Gospel radio and #20 with a bullet at urban radio. According to Billboard, it has already surpassed the 2008 peak of Sapp’s seminal “Never Would Have Made It.” “The Best In Me” also recently achieved the largest position jump (#78 - #14 Hot R&B/Hot Songs Chart) in 18 years by a gospel track, as well as the largest jump in four years among all genres.

Marvin Sapp will appear March 25 on Gospel Music Channel’s Joyful Noise Café, and March 29 on The Tavis Smiley Show. He will also appear this summer at The Essence Music Festival.