Charles Jenkins Wins Big At The Stellar Gospel Music Awards

159755159-CharlesJenkinsandFellowshipChicagoCharles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s year-long journey hit a high point at the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards with five wins, including Song of the Year, CD of the Year, Choir of the Year, Traditional Choir of the Year and Recorded Music Package of the Year. The Stellar Gospel Music Awards aired live on GMC from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN with subsequent airings to follow. The award show will also air in syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets across the country, January 24, 2013 through March 3, 2013 (check local TV listings for dates and times in your area).

“It was a stellar weekend,” said Jenkins. “They could not have given me enough time on stage to thank everyone who contributed to our success.” The awesome journey began with the release of the record-breaking and critically-acclaimed #1 CD project, The Best of Both Worlds, which included the #1 praise and worship anthem, “Awesome,” penned by Jenkins, who is a GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter.

Immediately following the Stellar Awards, Jenkins headed to Washington, DC to participate in a series of Presidential Inauguration activities, including a performance at the African American Church Inauguration Ball “Keepers of the Flame,” to commemorate the Inauguration and second term of President Barack H. Obama. Jenkins performed “Awesome” and joined a list of distinguished guests. The organization honored Muhammad Ali, Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., Bishop Phillip R. Cousin, Sr., Andraé Crouch, Ed Dwight, Joycelyn Elders, MD, Bishop William H. Graves, Sr., Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, Vernon E. Jordan, Esq., Hugh Masekela, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Jessye Norman, Beny Primm, MD, Cecily Tyson, Rudy Dee and Elaine R. Jones, Esq.

Today, Tuesday, January 22, Jenkins delivered a prayer at the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. “It is an amazing honor to participate in such a significant moment in history as the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King as it is divinely aligned with the Inauguration of our President—it has truly been a once in a lifetime experience,” says Jenkins.

159755252-CharlesJenkinsandhisfamilyAs Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s awesome journey continues, the award-winning and famed producer Mark Burnett (Shark Tank, The Voice, The Apprentice and Survivor) has produced a music video for the hit anthem “Awesome,” featuring scenes from his new television series The Bible, which will air on the History Channel, debuting March 3, 2013.

Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s #1 debut CD project, The Best of Both Worlds held the top position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart for three consecutive weeks. The Best of Both Worlds was the highest debut for a new artist in 2012 and the 10th best-selling gospel album for an artist in 2012. The single, “Awesome,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song chart, and remained at #1 for 20 weeks. “Awesome” also entered at #1 as the Best Selling Christian/Gospel Song on Amazon. “Awesome” is the third best-selling digital gospel song of 2012. The single has remained at #1 in listening audience at gospel radio. In Billboard’s magazine year-end issue, Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s “Awesome” landed at #2 on the Gospel Songs chart, #5 on the Gospel Songs Imprints chart, #6 on the Gospel Songs Labels chart, and #20 on the Gospel Albums chart for The Best of Both Worlds.

Jenkins is the founder, CEO and President of Inspired People Music, an independent label based in Chicago, IL.

New Artist Charles Jenkins Garners Eight Stellar Award Nominations

Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s “Awesome” has and still is the most popular post here on!  It comes as no surprise that Charles Jenkins has earned eight Stellar Award Nominations: Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (awarded to songwriter), New Artist of the Year, CD of the Year, Choir of the Year, Traditional CD of the Year, Traditional Choir of the Year and Recorded Music Package of the Year.

The album, “The Best of Both Worlds”, debuted at #1 and the hit single “Awesome” spent 15 weeks on Billboards Top Gospel Songs #1 spot!  They have had an incredible year!  From performing as a special request for Jay-Z and his Made In America music festival, to the Essence Music Festival, to their own successful summer promotion tour, what is next for Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago? Well for starters they will release a DVD/CD compilation of The Best of Both Worlds on November 20th and they will take to the stage once more, this time at the Grand Ole Opry House for the 28th Annual Stellar Music Awards! Check out my Interview Charles Jenkins HERE and HERE!

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Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago- New Project?!

After the very successful release of the their hit album “The Best of Both Worlds”, Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago ready a new DVD project.  The Best of Both Worlds DVD is a powerful Sunday Morning worship experience, which includes performance selections of 11 songs featured on the CD.  The project is set to release on November 20, 2012.  The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Album chart and stayed there for three consecutive weeks.  The albums hit single “Awesome” remains at the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Song chart, for the 14th consecutive week! Check out the track listing for the DVD, which will include some bonus footage!

  1. The Vision (b-roll footage)
  2. The Best of Both Worlds (spoken word by Charles Jenkins)
  3. Fellowship Medley (performance)
  4. Worthy Is Your Name (performance)
  5. Joy Will (performance)
  6. The Anthem (b-roll footage)
  7. Awesome (performance)
  8. Close To You (performance)
  9. Days of Elijah (performance)
  10. Grandma (b-roll)
  11. A Word For Me (performance)
  12. I Will Live (performance)
  13. Praise On My Mind (performance)
  14. Church (b-roll footage)
  15. Releasing My Faith (reprise)
  16. Inspired People Music (b-roll footage)

Fellowship Chicago and Pastor Jenkins have enjoyed many live performances and a successful summer promotion tour.  They were even the only personally invited gospel act for Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival this past memorial day weekend.  Charles Jenkins is head a superb group of talented singers.  Listening to the album, you feel right at home with the great blend of old school and new school, gospel music.  Make sure to pick up the DVD which is sure to be a treat! For more on Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago, check out my interviews with him HERE and HERE!

Artist Interview | Catching Up With Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago

 The most popular post on I CHOOSE GOSPEL still remains  the Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s “Awesome” post I shared with you all back in March, when this simple worship anthem was just gaining momentum on gospel radio.  Later, I was honored to Interview Pastor Charles Jenkins and talk about the anticipated release of their album “Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago Live: The Best of Both Worlds.”

Currently the smash single “Awesome” is #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Songs chart for the 11th week in a row.  After debuting at #1, the album continues to dominate within the Billboard Top Gospel Album chart!  I was over-joyed when I received an email requesting another interview with Charles Jenkins!  And then came news that Jay-Z requested Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago to be apart of his Made In America Music Fest!! I am so happy for him and Fellowship Chicago! With the album released, reviews coming in, a successful promo tour, an Essence Music Fest stop, Charles Jenkins was able to call back into I CHOOSE GOSPEL and catch us up on all that has been happening and how Fellowship Chicago is handling things.  Check out our conversation below, Enjoy!

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Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago To Perform At Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Fest

It just keeps getting better and better for Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago!  I recently spoke with Jenkins again and will bring that interview to I CHOOSE GOSPEL soon, but check out the news we’ve just received!  This is super dope!!

 Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artists Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago are scheduled to perform at Jay-Z’s Made in America Music Festival during the Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, September 2, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the Park Stage. Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago will perform for an hour, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Jay-Z and his management team personally requested Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago. Jay-Z wanted to open Sunday’s festival with gospel music.  Jenkins and Fellowship are the only gospel artists scheduled on the line-up.

Made in America Music Festival begins on Saturday, September 1 with Jay-Z as the headlining performance. Pearl Jam is scheduled to close the festival on Sunday evening. The line-up includes performances by artists from various genres, including hip-hop, R&B and rock. Artists scheduled to perform include Beyoncé, Skrillex, Drake, Miike Snow, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Run DMC and numerous others. More than 1oo,000 people are expected to attend Made in America during the Labor Day weekend. The festival will have three stages and a DJ tent.

Jenkins’ hit anthem “Awesome” held at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 11 consecutive weeks.  The single remains at #1 in listening audience at gospel radio.  The album, The Best of Both Worlds, moved up three spots this week to #5 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. The GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter penned the #1 praise and worship hit song.

Huge congrats to Pastor Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago!! I’m so excited for them!  GOD IS AWESOME!!!


Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago The Best of Both Worlds Debuts At #1

(Chicago, IL – June 20, 2012) – Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artist Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s debut album, The Best of Both Worlds debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and the hit praise and worship anthem, “Awesome” remains at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.  The Best of Both Worlds also enters at #41 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.  Jenkins is a GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter, and the writer of “Awesome.”  The Best of Both Worlds, which was released on Jenkins’ newly formed independent label, Inspired People, is the first #1 debut by a new artist this year.

I am very happy for Pastor Charles Jenkins and the Fellowship Choir.  The album is great, filled with an awesome blend of traditional and contemporary sounds. Truly the album lives up to its title!  My favorite tracks are “Awesome”, “Days of Elijah”, “I Will Live” and “Releasing My Faith ft. Karen Clark Sheard”  and the reprise!!! WOW!  This whole album leaves you feeling good! It has something for everyone.  Get the album out now available everywhere!

I truly have to THANK Pastor Jenkins, Fellowship Chicago and their FANS, because had it not been for them, I CHOOSE GOSPEL would not be on the climb like it is now!  Check out some of the blog posts and a special interview I had the honor to do with Pastor Jenkins.  Congrats again!!

  1.  The Best of Both Worlds Promo Tour Dates
  2. Interview with Pastor Charles Jenkins
  3. Awesome Lyrics and Video
  4. Awesome Nabs #1 Gospel Song Spot

Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Nab #1 Spot on Billboard and iTune Charts

Check it out… (Chicago, IL – June 11, 2012) – Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artist Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s hit praise and worship anthem, “Awesome” enters at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song chart. Jenkins is a GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter, and the writer of “Awesome.”  He is also the senior pastor of the historic and legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. In only four short weeks, the single, jumped from #7 to #4 and now to #1.  The #1 radio hit and church anthem is the first single from the Charles Jenkins Presents Fellowship Chicago: The Best of Both Worlds CD, which is available in stores and online today, Tuesday, June 12. The single also entered at #1 as the Best Selling Christian/Gospel Song on Amazon and  #1 Christian Album on iTunes In May 2012, Jenkins’ label, Inspired People and EMI Gospel signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement.

On May 18, Jenkins kicked-off the promotional tour for the CD at the I Hear Music Conference at the Aronoss Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. To date, Jenkins has made promotional visits in Atlanta, GA and Chicago. Jenkins will return to Atlanta for the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Conference on Wednesday, June 27, and then head to the ESSENCE Music Festival on July 6th, 7th and 8th in New Orleans, LA. Other key promotional dates include Houston, TX (Tuesday, June 12); Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC (June 13); Philadelphia, PA (Thursday, June 14); New York, NY (June 15); back to Chicago for an in-store live performance and autograph signing at Wal-mart (Saturday, June 16); Atlanta, GA (Wednesday, June 27); New Orleans, LA (Friday, July 6, Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8); Indianapolis, IN (July 13); returning to Philadelphia on Thursday, August 2; and returning for the third time in Atlanta on Saturday, August 4.

Pastor Charles Jenkins and Inspired People Ink Distribution Deal With EMI Gospel

 The posts I’ve done on him continue to be the most popular posts here on I CHOOSE GOSPEL!  Check out the new news I CHOOSE GOSPEL received on Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Live!

 GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter Pastor Charles Jenkins and Inspired People record label sign an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with EMI Gospel/EMI Christian Music Group.  Pastor Charles Jenkins Presents Fellowship Chicago Live’s debut project, The Best of Both Worlds will be in stores and available online everywhere on June 12. Jenkins, the senior pastor of the legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, is a dynamic, inspirational and visionary religious and community leader.  Since taking the helm at Fellowship as senior pastor almost twelve years ago, at age 24, succeeding Reverend Clay Evans, Jenkins has more than quadrupled weekend attendance at services (now over 8,000 members), and created a variety of life changing programs and services for children, youth, and adults within the church and in the community.

With the production and release of this CD as well as future releases, Jenkins continues a long musical tradition at Fellowship, which released 25 albums under the leadership of Jenkins’ predecessor, Reverend Clay Evans. “We are excited about our [Inspired People] new partnership with EMI,” says Pastor Jenkins. “The new deal will allow us to expand our global message, and spread the word of God through multiple media platforms. Inspired People’s mission is music with a movement for God and for good.”

“Once in a while a song comes along that is already familiar the first time you hear it,” says Larry Blackwell, Vice President and General Manager of EMI Gospel. “Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Live have delivered that type of song with ‘Awesome.’ It’s simple worship, an anthem for the church. EMI Gospel is excited to partner with Pastor Jenkins and Inspired People to take this offering and help write a new chapter in the legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church’s musical ministry.”

As part of the distribution deal, Pastor Jenkins will lead the way for gospel music to enter into the digital age by utilizing download card technology offered through Digi-Cards Midwest/NuFace Entertainment.

Jenkins’ new praise and worship anthem, “Awesome” is #11 this week on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.  “Awesome” has a memorable melody and powerful message that is earning praise from radio programmers/announcers, church leaders and supporters all across the country. “It is a rarity that a new song skyrockets in its first research in the Top 10,” says Elroy Smith, Inspirational Format Director and Operations Manager of Praise 103.9 in Philadelphia. “‘Awesome’ and Pastor Charles Jenkins have fallen into this category at 103.9 Praise and it is #1 at “103.9-The Light-in Raleigh. This song is on the right track to become a classic inspirational song and that’s AWESOME.”

“Awesome” is available on iTunes and other key online music outlets. In addition, numerous retailers are receiving calls about purchasing product.  “We have been bombarded with calls about the single and album,” says Darryl King of Sound of Market, in Philadelphia, one of the nation’s leading independent music retailers for over 2o years.  “Charles Jenkins is a dynamic preacher, singer and worship leader who has taken the gospel world by storm with his intoxicating and sanctified worship song ‘Awesome.’ The requests for this song by individuals and churches have reached feverish levels among our Gospel customers. ‘Awesome’ is sure to become a staple of Sunday mornings and an instant church classic. The release of the up and coming CD has all the makings of being, AWESOME!”

Congrats to Pastor Charles Jenkins!! I am very happy for them! I pray the best is still to come for Fellowship Chicago! You can catch a Special Interview I had with Pastor Charles Jenkins as well as Watch the Video for “Awesome”.  Follow Pastor Charles Jenkins on Twitter  | Purchase the single “Awesome” on iTunes | Official Website for Fellowship Chicago Music | Official Website for EMI Gospel

 Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago Live Presents: The Best of Both Worlds will be available online and in stores everywhere June 12, 2012.  Make sure you go out and support this legendary choir!