We are weeks away from the New Year, which means, the most important 2015 year-end lists are being revealed.
Turning our attention toward Gospel, EEW Magazine, courtesy of Billboard, is giving you in depth insights into which artists were most impactful over the past 12 months.
See how some of your favorites fared, like: veterans Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp; a new generation of leaders, Tasha Cobbs and Anthony Brown; and breakout artist, Casey J.
Tasha Cobbs crowns the year-end top gospel artists recap — ahead of Anthony Brown & Group Therapy at No. 2, and Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago at No. 3. Cobbs also leads the Hot Gospel Songs tally with “For Your Glory.” The Georgia native’s smash single arrived on the weekly list back in 2013, and spent 14 weeks at No. 1. It followed her debut chart hit, “Break Every Chain,” which reigned for 12 weeks on the list.
Her One Place Live album spent six weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Top Gospel Albums chart, and closes out the year at No. 5 on the Top Gospel Albums recap (one step above her Grace EP).
The No. 1 title on the year-end Top Gospel Albums tally is the Wow Gospel 2015 compilation, while Everyday Jesus from Anthony Brown & Group Therapy is in second place. Fred Hammond’s I Will Trust is No. 3, while Marvin Sapp’s You Shall Live is No. 4.
Sapp is also the year’s top male gospel artist (and the No. 5 act overall). His You Shall Live spent five weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Top Gospel Albums chart, marking the third chart-topper for Sapp. He previously led the list with Thirstyand Here I Am.
Casey J — who notched an eight-week run at No. 1 on Hot Gospel Songs with “Fill Me Up” — is 2015’s top new gospel artist. The No. 1 success of the track paved the way for her debut album, The Truth, which also hit No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums.