Singer and songwriter Tauren Wells earns his his first No. 1 as a lead artist on Billboard's Christian Airplay chart this week. His song "Known" drew 5.4 million audience impressions in the week ending Dec. 16, according to Nielsen Music. This is Wells' second Christian Airplay No. 1 and first in a lead role. Crowder's "All My Hope," featuring Wells, was Wells' first #1.
"This isn't really possible without the support of my team, along with radio, and, of course, the amazing fans who I write these songs for," Wells tells Billboard. "This message [in 'Known'] is so close to the heart of God and I'm grateful that it being at the top of the charts means that so many people are hearing it."
Wells, a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, debuted Hills and Valleys in 2017, his first full-length solo project and the follow-up to his debut EP, 2016's Undefeated. His hit single "Hills and Valleys" was one of the most streamed Christian songs of 2017, according to Spotify. Along with featuring Wells as the cover artist, Spotify also placed the song as the first track on their Top Christian Hits of 2017 playlist.
On the heels of the release of Hills and Valleys, Wells was chosen as the opening act for Lionel Richie's All The Hits Tour with special guest Mariah Carey, hitting 22 major markets through the summer of 2017. His single "Undefeated" served as the soundtrack for the internet-famous Dude Perfect's "World Records Edition" episode on YouTube which, along with another Dude Perfect video featuring the No. 1 single "Love Is Action," has garnered more than 100 million views combined. "Undefeated" is also licensed by Fox Sports and heard regionally during NBA coverage. Additionally, the music video for "Hills and Valleys" has had an astounding 16 million views to date. His latest music video, for "When We Pray," is already close to two million views and can be viewed here.
He and his wife of eight years, Lorna, are the proud parents to three boys, Kanaan, Lawson and Navy, who was just born in December. The family resides in Houston, Texas.Be sure to visit TaurenWells.com for the most updated tour schedule and for more information.