Gospel newcomer Brian Courtney Wilson has become one of Contemporary Gospel Break Through Artists of 2009. His debut Top 10 single, "All I Need" is listed as the overall #19 Hot Gospel Song of 2009 from his inaugural CD, "Just Love". Brian is signed to Spirit Rising/Music World Music, the faith-based music division of Music World Entertainment. Billboard magazine year-end results are in and Spirit Rising/Music World Entertainment is named the #10 Hot Gospel Songs Label for 2009. The stats for the new artist continues to grow as we usher in the new year.Wilson's "Just Love" debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart and at #6 on Billboard's Top Christian Album chart. The album has remained in the Top 15 on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart since its release in June. For an artist who is driven by faith, Wilson is a rarity among his peers. Stylistically, he falls into the urban inspirational side of the R&B and Gospel spectrums, but one listen to his remarkable debut album,Just Love, reveals he’s not concerned with merely wielding his convictions in the ace of those with ears to hear. Produced by Stan “STANtastic” Jones(Yolanda Adams, The Williams Brothers), Just Love reveals Wilson is a man who wants to let his own life’s walk do the talking. Love songs to God and fellow men give way to expressions of earthly, marital affection. Unconditional love is at the forefront of “Believe,” a gorgeous tune Wilson dedicates to his beloved wife Stacey that has all the makings of a future wedding classic. Regardless of the brand of love Wilson sings about on "Just Love", every word that comes out of his mouth is an outpouring of the grace that has been lavished upon him.“Every good thing that’s happened to me it’s happened because of God’s favor and grace in my life,” Wilson says.“Even the stuff that he’s calling me to do, I can’t do it on my own. I can work as hard as I can, but ultimately God provides the increase.”
Indeed, Just Love was fashioned from a deeply spiritual place, yet possessing all the trademarks of a winning contemporary R&B album. It combines under one roof Wilson’s various influences, including the soulful expressiveness of Donny Hathaway, the worshipful fervor of Fred Hammond, and even the sharp lyricism of tunesmiths like John Mayer and Nichole Nordeman. Nearly autobiographical in content, Just Love represents the different corners of Wilson’s life, as if his testimony had been put to music. Rousing first single “All I Need” is one of the early peaks of the disc, a heartfelt cry that finds Wilson imploring God to touch his life. As a counterpoint, “No Other” is the celebration after the Master’s touch—a floor-stomping, club-ready slice of rhythm and praise that declares Wilson’s unflinching dependency on God and God alone. Currently, "All I Need" is #12 with 2.3 million in audience and "Already Here" is #14 with 2.6 million in audience on Billboard Gospel Single Chart, making Wilson one of the few artists with two strong and active singles in the Top 15. "All I Need" was named Song of the Year at the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards. The producer, Stan Jones received an award at the event as Producer of the Year for his work on Brian Courtney Wilson's album. "Brian Courtney Wilson is one of the break-through gospel artists of the year," said Mathew Knowles, founder, president and C.E.O. of Spirit Rising/Music World Music."He has brought a new sound to contemporary gospel that has been well received by radio, the media, the church community and everyday fans who love great music. This ground-breaking success story has grown organically and is the foundation for Brian and Mathew Knowles a long-term career with this talented artist." Since its release, "Just Love" has received rave reviews from the gospel community. Christianity Today.com exclaims, "Roll out the red carpet. It's not every day that music industry mogul and famed father Mathew Knowles (Beyonce, Trin-i-tee 5:7) hand selects a new artist for his label's tight-knit roster. But after hearing singer/songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson's smooth grooves and smokey vocal chops, Knowles signed him on the spot. Marrying slick R&B with inspirational messages and straight-up church soul sangin', the singer/songwriter makes a noticeable mark for a newcomer…With a wide appeal and high profile backing, Wilson could be gospel music's next big thing."Gospel Music Channel continues "Once again, Music World Entertainment is flexing their gospel music muscle with debut artist Brian Courtney Wilson's 'Just Love.' Don't let your ears be fooled; it's not the O'Jays singing on track one, the title track of the CD. But 'Just Love' reveals a bit of Wilson's personality, musical influences and his history, as he sings of his appreciation for his church in Houston, Texas "Just Love" is certainly a satisfying debut."
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