Pastor and anointed worshiper, William McDowell, made UK chart history last week. His most recent album, ‘Sounds of Revival’, went straight into the UK’s Official Christian and Gospel Album Chart at Number 1!
Why has this made UK charts history? Well, it’s because McDowell is the very first US gospel artist to reach the Number 1 spot in the weekly chart since its launch in 2013; something that recent gospel album releases from Tasha Cobbs, Deitrick Haddon and Kirk Franklin hadn’t managed to achieve. Up until this point, the chart’s top three spots had been dominated by the likes of Hillsong, Rend Collective and Matt Redman.
‘Sounds of Revival’, released on 22nd January 2016 and featuring hit worship single, ‘Spirit Break Out’, demoted the Hillsong album, ‘Open Heaven/River Wild’, which had been in the Top 20 for 15 weeks, and had held the Number 1 spot for the previous two weeks. This week, McDowell has managed to maintain a Top 5 position.
Pastor William McDowell’s chart success with his gospel/worship album comes as well needed encouragement that, contrary to popular belief, UK Christians DO buy gospel albums – especially if the artist’s first name is William and last name is McDowell.