Casey J Hits #1 And Makes Billboard Chart History
Pop-Up Worship Princess Casey J hits No. 1* on Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Airplay chart this week with her rousing spiritual anthem “I’m Yours.” This news marks a big achievement in the former elementary school teacher’s career. It’s the first time in the history of the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart that any artist’s debut album has spawned two number one songs on the survey.
“The things that have been happening for Casey J are simply amazing,” says the cherubic singer’s manager Marquis Boone of MBE Enterprises in Duluth, GA. “We have a great team and we just praise the Lord for all of these great accolades that have been coming to Casey J’s ministry.”
“I’m Yours” zooms to the top of the chart just a week past the anniversary of her first radio single “Fill Me Up” debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart on March 7, 2015. “Fill Me Up” went on to spend 14 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart and eight non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on its Hot Gospel Songs hybrid chart that tabulates airplay, streaming and sales. This new chart milestone comes on the heels of the Atlanta native winning the Stellar Gospel Music Award as New Artist of the Year a few weeks ago and she’s grateful for the public’s acceptance of her “I’m Yours” radio hit.
“My basic purpose in creating`I’m Yours’ was to create a prayer that God would put into my own heart as a worship artist,” she confesses. “I’m constantly aware that what I do doesn’t matter if God’s grace isn’t on it. It’s my honor to share this prayer with others and I hope it sparks the same prayer in them.”
“I’m Yours” and “Fill Me Up” both hail from Casey J’s best-selling album “The Truth” (Marquis Boone Enterprises, LLC/Tyscot Records, LLC), a live set recorded at Atlanta’s Fresh Start Church where she serves as the Sunday morning worship leader. The soul-lifting project debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums sales chart last spring and has held a spot on the chart for 45 weeks. On March 27th Casey J hits the road as the host of the “New Artists on the Block” concert tour featuring Bri (Briana Babineaux), C West and Kelontae Gavin.
Casey J has been called the Pop-Up Worship Princess because of her spontaneous picnic concerts where she and a guitarist Pop-Up in a city with 24 hours notice and announce a meeting place (usually a public park) via social media for she and her fans to get together and worship God in an organic manner without the formality of a church building. “I’m a flower child at heart,” she laughs. “I love when we can come together and worship God from a pure place amid nature and curious strangers who would never walk into a church but just walk over and join us in our worship.”