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All-Star Collab 'The Blessing: Live' Debuts on Christian Charts: 'We Pray This Song Will Bring Peace'

Kari Jobe
Lizette Sandoval

Kari Jobe

It's also the highest-charting faith-based hit on Digital Song Sales in over four years.

Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Elevation Worship's new worship track "The Blessing: Live" rockets onto the streaming-, airplay- and sales-powered Hot Christian Songs chart, dated April 4, at No. 3.

Jobe and Carnes wrote the song with Elevation Worship's Steven Furtick and Chris Brown on Feb. 27 and the acts recorded it at the Elevation Ballantyne campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 1.

"We had no idea that the timing of this song would fall at such an incredibly sensitive time for our globe," Jobe tells Billboard, referencing the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

"People are in great need of being reminded of the promises in the word of God. I'm so thankful that His promises are promises of peace and strength. He says that in this world we will have trouble, but to take heart because He's overcome it. He's always with us, in every season. He's a good God who loves to protect and bless His people. We pray this song will bring great peace in the midst of uncertainty and sickness."

"The Blessing" bows with 12,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, as it starts at No. 1 on Christian Digital Song Sales. It enters the all-genre Digital Song Sales tally at No. 4, marking the highest rank for a faith-based track in over four years, since the Dec. 5, 2015-dated chart, when Jordan Smith's version of Christian band Selah's "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" arrived at No. 3 (with 138,000 sold). Smith won NBC's The Voice that year.

(In 2018, Lauren Daigle's crossover smash "You Say" hit No. 5 on Digital Song Sales. It continues atop Hot Christian Songs this week for a record-extending 80th week at No. 1.)

"The Blessing" also drew 1.3 million U.S. streams in the tracking week, good for a No. 14 start on Christian Streaming Songs.

The track marks the fourth Hot Christian Songs top 10 for both Jobe (who earns a new personal-best placement) and Elevation Worship and the first for Carnes. It's also the highest debut for all three acts.

The song drew further mainstream exposure when Selena Gomez covered it, with friends Anna and Liz Golden, and posted their performance on Instagram, where it has been viewed 7 million times.