A quiet milestone for gospel music

A gospel album is the Number 2 selling album in the country this week, which is something that apparently never has happened.

Marvin Sapp’s newest, Here I Am, added to that milestone by coming in at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and had the highest digital sales ever for a gospel album

With sales of 76,000 copies this past week, Here I Am is the hottest-selling gospel album since Kirk Franklin’s 1997 album God’s Property.

Sapp may be best known for “Never Would Have Made It,” his huge hit on the gospel charts from his album Thirsty about three years ago.

He’s also well-known for his 1990s tenure in the gospel supergroup Commissioned (powerhouse Fred Hammand was a founding member). In addition, he’s pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.