Andrea Helms’ New CD Project, Moving Forward, Debuts at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart
(Houston, TX – March 19, 2012) –Music World Gospel recording artist and BET’s Sunday Best’s Season 4 first runner-up Andrea Helms’ new CD project, Moving Forward, debuts at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and #3 on the Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart. Moving Forward also debuts at #11 on Billboard’s Independent chart, #66 on the Top Current Albums chart and #77 on the Top 200 chart.
Andrea’s Moving Forward, which was released on March 6, is a collection of new recordings of songs from some of her highlight performances on Sunday Best. On her first single, “Yesterday,” she offers a powerful, soulful and bluesy turn on Mary Mary’s song. Her version of Richard Smallwood’s classic “I Love the Lord” is uniquely her own. She also puts her own spin on the highly popular praise and worship song, “Because Of Who You Are,” written by Martha and Daniel Munizzi, as well as on Donald Lawrence’s songs “The Heaven Are Telling (A Mighty God We Serve)” and “Encourage Yourself.”
One of the most talked about moments of the season was when Amber Bullock and Andrea Helms performed a duet, “Moving Forward,” penned by Ricardo Sanchez, during the show’s finale. Andrea and Amber offer a powerful rendition of that song for this CD. Andrea is especially drawn to the song, “Changed,” on the CD because it relates to her testimony about how God saw her through a severe bout of postpartum depression that had resulted in her having suicidal tendencies.
Music World is also preparing to release another addition to the Sunday Best brand—season three’s first runner-up Elder Goldwire McLendon’s first solo CD, The Best of Elder Goldwire McLendon. The CD, which features new recordings of songs he performed on Sunday Best, will be available online and in stores on April 24, 2012. The spirited and charismatic 81-year-old gained a large and devoted group of fans as he made his way toward the show’s finale, where he was first-runner-up to Le’Andria Johnson.
Music World Gospel is releasing over 40 projects this calendar year as the label continues its tremendous growth on the Billboard Sales chart. With the release of Andrea’s Moving Forward, the label now has three albums in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Two of the three titles include releases by GRAMMY® Award winner, Le’Andria Johnson. The Evolution of Le’Andria Johnson and The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson Deluxe Edition land at #5 and #9 respectively. The label also has five albums in the Top 20, including Brian Courtney Wilson’s So Proud, which moves to #17 with a six percent increase at traditional retail outlets, a 32 percent increase at non- traditional retail outlets and an eight percent increase with digital sales. Amber Bullock’s Thank You lands at #20 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Music World Gospel has six titles in the Top 25 with Juanita Bynum’s Diary of Juanita Bynum 2 at #24 and seven titles in the Top 40 with Vanessa Bell Armstrong’s Timeless at #39.
Overall, Music World Gospel CD titles represent 22 percent of the Top 40 sales on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.
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In 2002, Music World Entertainment President and CEO Mathew Knowles founded Spirit Rising Music, now known as Music World Gospel. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Music World Gospel is a premiere faith-based record and management company under the umbrella of Music World Entertainment/Music World Music. Music World Gospel is the largest owned and operated African American Gospel label in the world. The company is dedicated to developing creative and innovative approaches to producing and promoting gospel, sacred, and inspirational music worldwide. Its mission is to reach, inspire and empower a diverse audience around the globe. Music World Gospel features a roster of award-winning recording artists, joint ventures and special projects including Trin-i-tee 5:7, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Courtney Wilson, Micah Stampley, Juanita Bynum, Le'Andria Johnson, Amber Bullock, Elder Goldwire, Andrea Helms, Michael Pugh, Pastor Rudy Rasmus, ESSENCE Gospel, Ultimate Gospel, the Most Powerful Voices, The Gospel Superfest, Spirit Rising and The Pastor Rudy Experience brands. Music World Gospel’s joint ventures and partnerships include Universal Music Christian Group, Fontana Distribution, Integrity Africa, BET, ESSENCE Communications, Son Flower Records, Interface Entertainment, Dr. Bobby Cartwright, Jr., and James Fortune and Fiya World, LLC. The company has achieved record breaking success on the sales and radio charts, with several artists' albums and singles debuting atop Billboard and Christian Music Trade Association charts and remaining in the Top 5, 10 and 20 positions for as many as 100 weeks and counting.
ABOUT MUSIC WORLD MUSIC
Music World Music was founded by Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment. Music World Music has had an unprecedented impact on the history of music around the globe, with record sales exceeding 300 million worldwide. Knowles established several recording imprints under Music World Music, including Music World Gospel, Music World Country/Compadre and Music World Kids. Music World Music was crowned by Billboard magazine as one of the Top Imprint Labels of the decade (2000-2009). With successes across multiple genres, including pop, R&B, gospel, dance, and country, as well as soundtracks and special themed projects, Music World Music has produced over 100 award-winning, platinum and gold albums. Music World Music was also named the #1 Dance Imprint Label in 2009 by Billboard magazine. Under Music World Music, Destiny’s Child became a global phenomenon and was named the Best Selling Female Group of All Time in popular music, selling over 100 million records and collecting nearly 200 awards, including GRAMMY® Awards, World Music Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Awards (U.S., Europe and Asia), Billboard Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and countless others. Under Knowles’ guidance, both Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé experienced spectacular success during the decade between 2000 and 2009. Destiny’s Child was named on Billboard magazine’s Top 10 Artists of the Decade (2000-2009) and, as a solo artist, Beyoncé was crowned Billboard’s number one Artist of the Decade—Female (2000-2009) and number 4 Top Artist of the Decade (2000-2009).