J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise score their 10th #1 Billboard Hot Gospel Songs this week as "You Deserve it" climbs to the pole position. Supporting its push to the top, the track gains by 9 percent on Gospel Airplay, where it rises to a new peak (4-3), and debuts on debuts on Gospel Streaming Songs at No. 8. It dips to No. 2 on Gospel Digital Song Sales (1,000 sold) after seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.
JJ Hairston is the Director of Youthful Praise. He is a member of Turner's Faith Temple C.O.G.I.C., Int'l. in Bridgeport CT under the leadership of two gospel music legends, Bishop J.C. White and Evangelist Gloria White.
JJ is a native of Brooklyn, NY, where he attended Mt. Sinai Cathedral, C.O.G.I.C. where his grandfather, Bishop Clarence Sexton Sr., was the Pastor. However, his love for gospel music began at his current church when his friend, Shawn Brown, asked him to come to choir rehearsal. It was then that James gave his heart, as well as his voice, talent, and his feet to the Lord. Inspired by the writing ability of his friend Shawn and his pastor, Bishop White, James began writing his own songs such as "He is the Spirit" and "Garment of Praise." Since then, James has been called upon to write and direct for many well-known artists.