"I've been watching these charts since I was a kid, dreaming about being at the top," he says.
R&B/gospel vocalist Tim Bowman Jr. scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart (dated May 28), as Listen, his second full-length, starts with 3,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Bowman Jr.'s 2012 debut, Beautiful, began at its No. 8 peak (2,000 sold).
"I'm ecstatic to be No. 1 on Billboard," he says. "Growing up in a professional music family [his father is a Billboard gospel chart vet, as his is aunt Vickie Winans], I've been watching these charts since I was a kid, dreaming about being at the top. It's amazing that day is actually here."
Listen's lead track, "I'm Good," topped Gospel Airplay Feb. 27, marking Bowman Jr.'s first No. 1 among four appearances. The new set's follow-up single, "Your Love," goes to radio Monday (May 23).