Omar Maskatiya, charts director at OCC, said, ‘The popularity of Christian and gospel music to date has largely been demonstrated through its vibrant live sector. We can now, for the first time, shine the spotlight on those artists who are enjoying significant success through recorded music too.’
More than 600 Christian and gospel albums were released in the UK last year. The biggest seller was Friar Alessandro, who became the first friar to sign a major label record deal.
Launched in partnership with the charity Compassion, the new chart is released every Monday afternoon and broadcast on Premier Christian Radio.
The first number one was ‘Zion’ by Hillsong Ltd followed by ‘Without Words’ from Bethel Music and ‘10,000 Reasons’ by Matt Redman.
To see the current week's chart, and for exclusive clips and recordings from the top 10 artists, visit premier.org.uk/chart, and watch some of our exclusive recordings and interviews below:
From his new album God's Great Dance Floor Step 01, here's Martin Smith with 'Awake My Soul'
From Worship Central's Let It Be Known album, here's 'The Same Power' performed by Ben Cantelon
Still in the top 10, Matt Redman talks about his album 10,000 Reasons