Marvin Sapp stays at Gospel's top

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Marvin Sapp.jpgMarvin Sapp's blockbuster CD continues its momentum and this week reclaims the number one spot on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart. Released July 3, 2007, "Thirsty" has been in the number one position longer than any other Gospel CD released in the last year.

The powerful hit single "Never Would Have Made It" has made history as the longest number one song at Gospel radio. The song is currently Number one at Gospel radio, where it has been for 29 weeks. "Never Would Have Made It" is also tied as the second longest number one radio single across all formats.

With a recent surge of airplay at Urban Radio, "Never Would Have Made It" is number 13 on the Urban AC Chart and is in rotation at such stations as WMMJ (Washington), WBLS (New York), WRNB (Philadelphia), WWIN (Baltimore), KJLH (Los Angeles), WMXD (Detroit), WVAZ (Chicago) and more. Additionally, "Never Would Have Made It" is one of Sony BMG's top 20 selling ringtones. Marvin Sapp will perform "Never Would Have Made It" on the Dove Awards Wednesday, April 23. He received a Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.

Though Sapp has stayed busy promoting "Thirsty", his work in ministry is still thriving. As a pastor, Sapp continues to oversee Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which next month will move into a new 17 acre property formerly occupied by the Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese.

Further, he and his wife Dr. MaLinda Sapp have founded the Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology (GREAAT), which will open in Fall 2008 with the support of the Grand Rapids Public School District. According to Billboard, Zomba Gospel was the number one Gospel label in 2007 and held the number one position on the Gospel Albums chart for 28 weeks overall last year.

A division of Zomba Label Group, Zomba Gospel is comprised of Verity Records; Gospocentric Records; Kirk Franklin's Fo-Yo Soul Entertainment; Quiet Water Entertainment; F. Hammond Music and New Life Records. Zomba Gospel is based in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and Nashville.