Christian music had a great 2018 with many artists such as Lauren Daigle, MercyMe and Cory Asbury expanding their reach to mainstream audiences. The new year is already showing promise as well as some other prominent musicians gear up for the release of their albums and EPs.
Daigle's Look Up Child debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart following its release in September, beating out popular secular musicians such as Drake, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B that week.
Asbury's "Reckless Love" was heard by millions of others as pop superstar Justin Bieber covered the worship song on social media pages. MercyMe's "I Can Only Imagine" made it back on the charts and radio after the film of the same name brought in $17.1 million domestically during its opening weekend, and over $83 million total, superseding expectations.
Here's a list of five Christian and Gospel artists who are releasing new music at the top of the new year.
Passion, Follow You Anywhere (January 4)
Passion - band made up of Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone - released its Follow You Anywhere album during the sold-out Passion 2019 conference at the top of the new year.
The 10-track album features collaborations with Crowder and Sean Curran. The 40,000 young adults who gathered in Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, D.C. for the conference were among the first to hear the new collection. Follow You Anywhere was the first time the band recorded an album at the conference's home base, Passion City Church in Atlanta.
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