Kanye West is having a major moment right now. He’s taken a break from the secular rap music he’s known for and gotten into the praise music movement.
Kanye released his album “Jesus is King” in 2019 and it soared right to the top of the Billboard charts here in the US. Even though it’s a praise album it didn’t break the Grammy Award-winning artist’s streak of his past nine records getting into the chart upon their first release.
This album makes the rapper tied with Eminem for the most consecutive number-one albums on the charts. The album also broke Kanye’s previous streaming record and is the fifth-largest streaming album of all of 2019.
There have been almost 200 million on-demand streams of this new album.
There have been many attendees of Kanye West’s current tour who have walked in as non-believers.
At one of his concerts in October of 2019 in Los Angeles, it’s said that 2,000 members of the audience made the decision to allow Jesus into their hearts and professed their newfound faith.
His previous albums and celebrity were famous for being highly inappropriate and in your face.
He presented with a huge ego and a god-complex of his very own. Everything from calling himself Yeezus to snatching a mic from a young Taylor Swift, he was notorious for being all about one person, Kanye West.
So, what brought on this change? In interviews, Kanye has expressed his newfound faith and has declared himself a born again Christian. He’s decided to devote his life and art to God.
Once packed and riotous concerts have become Sunday Service events. He has his own gospel choir. He’s doing Christian remixes of popular mainstream songs to bring them into the praise music catalog.
Kanye declaring his born again faith is causing a huge moment also in the Christian church. There has been a surge in the popularity of searches on Google about the bible. People asking questions and wondering about faith.
Since the release of the album, topics like “Jesus” and “What do Christians believe?” have seen a huge spike in popularity.
With this spike in interest, the American Bible Society even offered to provide a free bible to anyone who needed one in this time of transition and so they could learn more.
There’s no stopping in sight it seems with Kanye’s new attitude. He released a second Christmas album called “Jesus is Born” in December.
He says he will continue to make faith-based and praise music. He truly believes that God has given him a gift that he’s prayed for and that people are loving.
Everything that is new always has buzz. But, these seem to be worth a listen. They are gaining popularity in the Christian market and have been bringing Christianity to even more people than ever before.
If you would have said 5 years ago that we would be listening to Kanye West in church we may have laughed but now, there is an alternative. It’s great music and it keeps Jesus first.
Try out something new and listen to this new voice in the praise music mix.
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