MOBILE, Ala. – February 19, 2009 – New Integrity Music/Gateway Create artist Kari Jobe enjoys the No. 1 CD at Christian retail and the top-selling spot for a week on iTunes Christian album sales chart. Kari Jobe, which sold more than 11,552 units in its first week of sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, also marks the highest Christian and gospel music debut by a new artist since Mandisa’s first CD release in 2007.
In addition to the top spots on Christian SoundScan’s Christian retail chart and iTunes Christian chart, Jobe’s debut CD, which was produced by Ed Cash and includes songs written by Jobe, Cash, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche and Mia Fieldes, claims the No. 4 spot on the overall Billboard Top Christian & Gospel Albums for the week-ending February 15, selling only less than two WoW compilations and Innocence & Instinct, the new release from Red.
"This is literally a dream come true for me and I am at a loss for words right now. I am so grateful for the response to my album and humbled that so many people are engaging and connecting to the heart of God through these songs,” said Jobe in response to her successful first week.
The debut CD is earning its share of critical success alongside record sales. Says CCMMagazine.com, “With the powerhouse nuances of Natalie Grant and the singer/songwriter vulnerability of Mindy Smith, new Integrity worship artist Kari Jobe is more than a fresh face and pretty voice…With producer Ed Cash’s (Chris Tomlin, Bethany Dillon) competent hands at the creative controls, Jobe’s self-titled debut seeks to establish her as more than just a worship leader, but also as a fully-equipped artist.”
Jobe has been traveling this week to promote her new CD. She started with a standing room only release party and concert at her home church, Gateway Church in the Dallas area and also visited churches in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
“I’m Singing,” the first single from Kari Jobe, is also making its way across the country at Christian radio. Written by Jobe, Cash and Tomlin, “I’m Singing” is now “new and active on the AC chart” with spins at WPOZ in Orlando, FL; WCSG in Grand Rapids, MN; KLTY in Dallas, TX and WMUZ in Detroit, MI.
The child of traveling ministers, Jobe began singing when she was only 3 and knew by age 10 that she wanted to lead worship. She spent time studying at Oral Roberts University, Christ For The Nations Institute and Dallas Baptist University where she finished her Psychology/Pastoral Ministries degree before joining the Gateway Church staff.
More information on Kari Jobe can be found at http://www.karijobe.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/karijobe.
For more information on Kari Jobe, visit the JFH Artists Database.
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