Christian/gospel collective Influence Music debuts at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart with its first full-length Touching Heaven with 4,000 equivalent album units. The entirety of that sum is from traditional album sales, as the set starts at No. 29 on the Top Album Sales chart.
Influence Music (Matt Gilman, Melody Noel, Michael Ketterer and Whitney Medina) is based at the Influence Church in Anaheim Hills, California.
The album was recorded live at Influence Church in October 2016 and introduces brand-new, original music from Influence Music including the track "I AM," which went viral on Facebook, gaining over 1 million views and 22 thousand shares on its acoustic version.
Matt Gilman from Influence Music shares, "These songs have brought about deep healing, refreshing, restoration and inspiration to our writers, artists and community. The vulnerability in these songs have allowed there to be a marriage between authenticity and creativity."