Influence Music We Believe Live Album hits No. 1

The debut album from Influence Music, We Believe Live, has taken this week’s No. 1 position on the Nielsen / SoundScan Praise & Worship chart. (The chart compiles digital and physical sales and then ranks albums based on total U.S. sales.) The album topped long-time powerhouse artists including Hillsong United, Passion, and Chris Tomlin. Additionally, the album broke into the Top 200, a feat not often reached by worship albums. (The Billboard Top 200 ranks albums in all secular and Christian genres.)

“Having so much momentum around a debut album is unique. It really shows the strength of the songs and the power of our movement,” said Josh Babyar, director of new media for the Assemblies of God (U.S.), which created Influence Music.
According to Sol Arledge, COO of the AG, by focusing on three up-and-coming worship leaders from within the Assemblies of God—Kurtis Parks from National Community Church in Washington, DC (Mark Batterson, lead pastor), Clayton Brooks from The Oaks Fellowship in Red Oak, TX (Scott Wilson, senior pastor), and Ryan Williams from River Valley Church in the twin cities area (Rob Ketterling, lead pastor)—the goal was to capture the sound of the movement. “We have so much talent and heritage inside of our local churches,” Arledge said. “We wanted to put some of that art on a platform that unites us in worship.”

Recently, the three artists led worship for the Influence Conference, General Council’s opening service and the youth service on Wednesday night. “It was so powerful,” said Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of AG. “Having this team, all leaders from different regions of our movement, humbly leading the body in worship really ushered in the presence of God in a very special way.”

The group will reunite on Sept. 3 at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), where We Believe Live was recorded during the school’s annual 7:14 Prayer conference. They will lead the student body in worship during the university’s spiritual emphasis week.

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