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Jokia Tops Gospel Airplay Chart With 'Yahweh': 'My Hope Is That This Inspires Others'

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Plus, H.E.R, Tauren Wells and Jordan St. Cyr add top 10s on Billboard's spiritual charts.

Jokia's launch single "Yahweh" ascends 4-1 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart dated April 17. In the week ending April 11, the song gained by 20% in plays, according to MRC Data.

The song was solo authored by the 22-year-old Jokia, who hails from Killeen, Texas. It was released on her own label, Jokia Music.

"Seeing 'Yahweh' at No. 1 is just one of the many small reminders that God is with me," Jokia tells Billboard. "Being an independent artist is not easy, but my hope is that this inspires others to keep going and trust God for His process."

"Yahweh" is the first track from Jokia's debut EP, expected this summer. (Its title is the Hebrew name of God that is often taken as meaning, "He brings into existence whatever exists.")

Meanwhile, Jokia lands the first rookie No. 1 by a solo woman on Gospel Airplay since Keyla Richardson's "So Good," which led for a week last August.

A TOP 10 'TOGETHER' On the airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot Gospel Songs chart, H.E.R and Tauren Wells' "Hold Us Together" blasts in at No. 7. It ranks at No. 38 on Hot Christian Songs, following its arrival at No. 20 three weeks earlier.

The song drew 483,000 U.S. streams in the week ending April 8 and is being promoted to Christian and gospel radio by RCA Inspiration.

H.E.R. achieves her first Hot Gospel Songs top 10 with her first entry on Billboard's faith-based charts. She has posted nine entries, including four top 10s, on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.

Wells likewise earns his first Hot Gospel Songs top 10, in his second visit to the survey, after "Trenches," with Donald Lawrence & Company, reached No. 18 last September. He has notched six top 10s on Hot Christian Songs. His most recent, "Famous For (I Believe)," featuring Jenn Johnson, hit No. 3 last November and went on to lead Christian Airplay in January.

BURNING IT UP Jordan St. Cyr's freshman track "Fires" becomes his first top 10 on Hot Christian Songs, lifting 12-10.

On Christian Airplay, the song, which St. Cyr co-penned, rises 8-6 for a new high, up 8% to 6.4 million impressions. It also drew 1.2 million streams and sold 1,000 downloads in the tracking week.