Passion's Worthy of Your Name is the best selling Christian album this week in the US. The set debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart with 15,000 equivalent album units (14,000 in traditional sales), according to Nielsen Music.
"There was so much prayer and expectation as we were writing these songs," Stanfill tells Billboard. "We take very seriously the opportunity to lead 55,000-plus 18-to-25 year olds. More than just words and melodies, this album captures God moving in the hearts of His people. You can hear and feel it, the sound of the Jesus Generation lifting up their King."
For Passion, formerly known as Passion Worship Band, Worthy marks the worship collective's eighth Top Christian Albums No. 1, all of which have bowed at the summit. The act first led with Passion: Awakening in 2010.
The release features 11 live songs, recorded at Passion 2017 earlier this year along with two studio tracks. In conjunction with the album debut, Passion released a series of videos including a live performance and story behind the song for "Glorious Day" as well as a story behind the album video. Watch the live performance below:
More than 55,000 18-25 year olds from 90 countries and all 50 states packed Atlanta's Georgia Dome for the annual conference, bringing young adults from around the globe together to proclaim the name of Jesus. Spearheaded by Passion Founders Louie and Shelley Giglio, attendees heard from renowned speakers while joining in worship led by Passion (helmed by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone), Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Hillsong UNITED.
This year, students made history by sponsoring more than 7,000 children through Compassion International, the most children to ever be sponsored at one event. Attendees fulfilled all remaining sponsorships in the countries of El Salvador, Rwanda, Tanzania and Indonesia as well as hundreds in Bolivia. Students have also continued to fight modern-day slavery through support of The END IT Movement along with gathering tens of thousands of new towels and socks for local Atlanta homeless shelters.
The album follows in the footsteps of beloved top-selling Passion releases, including last year's Salvation's Tide Is Rising, which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Digital Albums Chart and No. 6 on Billboard's Top Albums Chart. Worthy Of Your Name is available now.