Kelontae Gavin's Debut Album 'The Higher Experience' Launches Near Top Of Billboard Charts

Marcus Lundin May 10, 2018 01:45 AM EDT
Kelontae GavinCover for Kelontae Gavin's 2018 album The Higher Experience.

19-year old Gospel artist Kelontae Gavin's debut album The Higher Experience has turned out to be a success. The 11-track project debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Album Sales chart, No. 4 on Billboard's Combined Christian/Gospel Digital Albums Sales chart, No. 7 on Billboard's Combined Top Christian/Gospel Album Sales chart, and No. 94 on Billboard's All-Genre Top Album Sales chart.

The radio single "No Ordinary Worship" is also climbing its way up on multiple Gospel charts. The single jumps to No. 11 (up from No. 18) on the Gospel Digital Song Sales chart, to No. 14 (up from No. 20) on the Gospel Airplay chart, and to No. 16 (up from No. 25) on the Hot Gospel Songs hybrid chart, with over 109,000 on-demand streams only last week.

The Higher Experience was recorded live at Fresh Start Church outside Atlanta, Ga., and is an electrifying old school musical church service showcasing the singer's voice. The New York Times' pop critic Jon Caramanica hailed Gavin "a live-wire prodigy" for his stage presence and well-seasoned vocal gymnastics.

Gavin rose to fame in 2014 on the heels of a YouTube video of him singing the contemporary hymn "I Won't Complain," at his Summerville, S.C. high school cafeteria. The video has amassed over one million views since it was first published, and eventually led to Gavin's signing with Marquis Boone Enterprises (MBE) and Tyscot Records in 2016.

For more on Kelontae Gavin's upcoming projects and full tour dates, please visit his official website.

Upcoming Kelontae Gavin Tour Dates: 

5/11: Greater Grace Temple Detroit, MI 

5/12: Chesapeake, VA 

5/18: Inspirational Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH 

5/20: New Direction Church, Indianapolis, IN 

6/2: Love Life Church, Camilla, GA 

6/3: New Life Worship, Capitol Heights, MD 

6/10: Hillwood Missionary Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR 

6/22: Jekalyn Carr's "You Will Win" Conference, Southaven, MS 

6/23: Musical Soul Food Festival, Chesapeake, VA 

6/23: Youth Explosion, Cartersville, GA 

6/30: Intimate Worship Experience Baton Rouge, LA 

7/7: Hart to Hart Lawn Care, Little Rock, AK 

7/22: Healing Center Community Church, Levittown, PA 

8/4: Faith Management, Rocky Mount, NC 

8/14: Back to School Workshop, Mobile, AL 

9/15: Life in the World, Savannah, GA 

12/2: Urban Ministries, Erie, PA

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