It was announced on Friday that Zach Williams, Provident Music Group/Sony Music artist and current GRAMMY winner, received a GRAMMY nomination for the upcoming 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Recognized for Best Contemporary Christian Album, Survivor: Live From Harding Prison, Williams won the category this past February for his Deluxe LP Chain Breaker. This is Williams' third GRAMMY nomination in three years. He received his first nomination at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards for his record-breaking radio chart topper, "Chain Breaker."
The Recording Academy will present the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards and broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. As the only peer-selected music award, the GRAMMY is voted on by the Recording Academy's membership body of music makers who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.
The nomination adds to Williams' increasing list of awards and nominations. Most recently he won for Artist of The Year at this year's GMA Dove Awards®. He also was named New Artist of the Year at last year's show and won Dove Awards for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for "Chain Breaker" in 2017 and "Old Church Choir" in 2018. He was also nominated for a Billboard Music Award as well as an American Music Award, among others.
Survivor: Live From Harding Prison is a six-song project recorded live earlier this summer from the Nashville-based prison where Williams and his band performed an acoustic set of his hits, along with Bethel Music's "No Longer Slaves," for 250 men who are currently incarcerated. The project, Williams' most personal album to date, was produced in partnership with local non-profit, Men of Valor. Video footage from the recording can be found on Williams' YouTube page.
MUSIC: When it released in the early fall of 2016, "Chain Breaker" was an instant hit, holding the No. 1 spot at radio for an astounding 15 weeks. The song was then followed by "Old Church Choir," which became the most successful Christian radio single in over a decade, maintaining No. 1 at radio for 20 weeks and was the second longest running No. 1 single in Billboard's Christian radio history, naming Williams the first debut artist to have two back-to-back No. 1 singles. His third single, "Fear Is a Liar," reached No. 2 and the most current song at radio is the EP's title track "Survivor." The songs are all featured on Chain Breaker, Williams' GRAMMY® Award-winning debut LP.
TOURING: After headlining his own tour earlier this spring, Williams toured throughout the summer and fall, and is currently on The Little Drummer Boy | The Christmas Tour with for KING & COUNTRY throughout December. Pictured below is Williams from this past weekend's sold-out tour stop in Chicago. In 2019 he will join Casting Crowns on their U.S. spring tour. For the most updated schedule please visit his tour page.
ABOUT ZACH WILLIAMS: As a husband, father, singer, recording artist, songwriter and worship leader, GRAMMY® winner (Best Contemporary Christian Album, Chain Breaker) and multi-GMA Dove Awards winner, Zach Williams continues to make history. Achieving two consecutive radio No. 1 hits for 35 weeks as a debut artist ("Chain Breaker," "Old Church Choir") Williams' music comes from a place of humility and honesty as his songs are a direct reflection of God's redemption in his life.
"Chain Breaker," his official RIAA-certified gold record-breaking single, has impacted millions of people around the world, earning Williams his first GRAMMY® nomination (Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, 2017) a Billboard Music Award nomination (Top Christian Song) and a 2018 American Music Award nomination for Favorite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational.
He's won four GMA Dove Awards (Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year; Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, "Chain Breaker" and Pop/Contemporary Song "Old Church Choir") and a K-LOVE Fan Award ("Chain Breaker," Breakout Single). Williams was also named Billboard's 2017 Top Christian Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year. Apple Music chose him as Artist of the Week (2016), while "Chain Breaker" was the top track of 2016 on iTunes' Christian Songs chart and also reached No. 12 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. Williams has also been awarded by BMI with a Citation of Achievement for "Chain Breaker," recognizing the song for its national popularity and reach.
"Old Church Choir" also received national recognition thanks to a young girl feeling the spirit of the song during a performance at her church in Tennessee. At press time, the video, which can be viewed here , has received more than 56 million views to date. For more information, please visit ZachWilliamsMusic.com