Worship leader Hezekiah Walker's "Better" climbs from 3 to1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay Chart. "Better" becomes his third No. 1 on the list, following "Souled Out," with LFC (14 weeks at No. 1, 2009), and "Every Praise" (27 weeks, 2013-14). On Hot Gospel Songs, "Better" pushes 10-7 (up 19 percent in overall activity).
Following his global hit anthem "Every Praise" and 2013 album Azusa the Next Generation, the chart-topper sets the stage to continue creating powerful inspirational music and bringing his signature ministry style to fans everywhere on this first single, with this new album marking his sophomore Azusa project, slated for Summer 2016 to be released under the umbrella Azusa Inc./eOne Music.
Hezekiah Walker teamed up again with Gospel hit-maker Donald Lawrence on the production of "Better," and hit the stage at the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards to debut the song. Walker thrilled the crowd in Las Vegas in some of the show's most celebrated moments, with two unforgettable live performances - performing "Better" for the first time on television, and performing in a heralded reunion with his longtime brotherhood/fellow Gospel superstars Donald Lawrence and Ricky Dillard for a poinant medley tribute honoring the late Gospel great O'Landa Draper.
Walker's signing joins him with eOne Music's acclaimed roster of iconic pioneers and contemporary artists that continue to drive Gospel and inspirational music forward, which includes The Reigning Queen of Gospel Pastor Shirley Caesar, Karen Clark Sheard, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Todd Dulaney, William McDowell, Martha Munizzi, Deitrick Haddon, Michelle Williams, and more.
Hezekiah Walker says: "I'm honored and humbled to continue to deliver music that makes a lasting impression on people all over the world. 'BETTER' is a Smash Hit that I'm proud of."
Phil Thornton, eOne Music's Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational, says: "eOne Music is excited to join forces with Hezekiah Walker, whose prodigious gifts have continued to make an unparalleled impact on Gospel for 30 years. Uplifting and spiritually guiding countless people across the globe with his hits, we can't wait for fans to hear 'Better' - a unifying decree that's a powerful introduction for the new music to come on his fifteenth album!"