Interview: Pastor Charles Jenkins Talks “Awesome” Success, Stellar Awards, Becoming Pastor at 24 and Much More
Check out this entertaining yet informative interview we did with Pastor Charles Jenkins. In the interview we talk about everything that’s been going on with him lately, as his hit single, “Awesome” is now in its 11th consecutive week at #1. He reflects on how it feels to have the song received so well, and the honor of hearing everyone from the elderly to young children sing it. He also does a funny impression of what those two groups sound like singing the song. We discuss the hard time he had when he began pastoring his church at the young age of 24 and he reveals his upcoming Stellar Awards performance. As always, I don’t want to give too much away so listen to the interview for yourself below!
Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago’s hit anthem “Awesome” continues its #1 streak on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 10 consecutive weeks. The Best of Both Worlds remains at #6 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and was #1 for three consecutive weeks since its release in June 2012. Jenkins, a GRAMMY®Award-winning songwriter, penned the #1 praise and worship hit song, “Awesome.”
Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago received nine first round ballets for the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, including “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year” (awarded to songwriter), “New Artist of the Year,” “CD of the Year,” “Producer of the Year” “Choir of the Year,” “Traditional CD of the Year,” Traditional Choir of the Year,” and “Recorded Music Package of the Year.”
“Awesome” has resonated worldwide with choirs, gospel lovers and consumers all over the world. Radio, retail, media and pastors have been huge champions of the record. Jenkins recently was invited by Bishop T.D. Jakes to perform the song on his TBN program. “I believe Pastor Charles Jenkins’ ‘Awesome’ has reminded a troubled nation of the AWESOME God we serve,” says Jakes. “It’s amazing how uplifting it is for the soul.”
“Awesome” is a universal song with a universal message. The song is a global success and has been a number one selection by choirs in churches of all denominations and cultural backgrounds. Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago have been ministering this song to standing room crowds all over the country including New York City’s Central Park, Atlanta’s Centennial Park and Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Manpower conference in Dallas, among others major events and conferences. In addition, The Best of Both Worlds continues to receive rave reviews from industry leaders, artists, producers and consumers. Fans fill Twitter and Facebook daily with high praise for both the album and song.
The Best of Both Worlds, which was released on Jenkins’ newly formed independent label, Inspired People, is the first #1 debut by a new artist this year. Also, the album’s debut and the single, “Awesome” achieved #1 status on the Billboard sales and radio charts simultaneously. In May 2012, Jenkins’ label signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with EMI Gospel.