Collection debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart
Hiding Place – GRAMMY-nominated artist Tori Kelly’s new passion project – has set the record for the most first-week streams ever for a gospel album. The collection, which was produced by 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Kirk Franklin, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and had the highest-selling week of any 2018 gospel album. Hiding Place also topped Billboard’s Gospel Streaming Songs and Gospel Digital Song Sales charts plus the Apple Music Christian genre chart.
Kelly was joined by Kirk Franklin and a choir when she performed the lead single, “Never Alone,” on The Late Late Show with James Corden earlier this week. She and Franklin will also perform at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards, which will be held October 16th in Nashville and air on TBN on Sunday, October 21st.
Tickets are now on sale for her Hiding Place Tour, which will kick off on October 18th with a sold-out concert at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The headline run includes shows at Warner Theatre in Washington DC (October 28th – sold out), Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (November 8th), New York City’s Riverside Church (October 30th) plus two sold-out nights at the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles (November 16th & 17th).
Half of the songs on Hiding Place were penned by Franklin alone while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists – the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in his decades-long career. The collection also features guest artists Lecrae, Jonathan McReynolds and The Hamiltones.
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