This week, Fred Hammond's Worship Journal: Live becomes his 10th No. 1 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. The new album debuts with 6,000 sold. This 12-track LP is Hammond's fourth consecutive set to bow at No. 1, following 2014's I Will Trust (Dec. 6, 2014; 10,000), United Tenors: Hammond, Hollister, Roberson, Wilson(April 13, 2013; 15,000) and God, Love & Romance (Feb. 18, 2012; 26,000).
"Father Jesus Spirit," the lead single from Worship Journal, bumps 17-15 on Hot Gospel Songs, helped by its 15-14 jog on Gospel Airplay (up 6 percent).
WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE is Hammond's first live recording in 17 years and features the popular single "Father Jesus Spirit." Filled with the dynamic ministry and acclaimed live musicianship that has made him one of gospel's most popular and influential artists over the past 30 years, WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE follows on Hammond's most recent chart-topping release I Will Trust (2014).
"This album is very autobiographical but I think my listeners will find a lot of the themes to be universal," said Fred Hammond. "We all struggle. We all worry. We all question our paths. We all need inspiration. Belief in our Lord and Savior and his ability to deliver us through all of that - that's what I wish for my listeners to always carry with them."
Maintaining a busy schedule throughout the rest of 2016, Hammond will bring his stellar live concert performances to fans across the country, with a national tour kicking off in conjunction with his new album's release. Helming the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour, the star-studded annual tour he founded, Hammond kicks off the third consecutive year of the Festival of Praise Tour on October 1, 2016 in Seattle, WA, welcoming a revolving all-star artist lineup that includes Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J, and comedian Earthquake. Running through December, Hammond plans to take the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour to over 50 cities, hitting Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Austin, his native Detroit, and more.