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On My Side, the new solo album from Kim Walker-Smith, bows as her first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated May 13), earning 9,000 equivalent album units (7,000 in traditional sales) in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.
Walker-Smith is likely best known for her role as the worship leader of Jesus Culture, created as the youth outreach ministry for Redding, California-based Bethel Church.
On My Side follows three prior Top Christian Albums top 10s for Walker-Smith. Still Believe reached No. 2 in 2013, as did Home, with husband Skyler Smith (No. 2, 2013), while When Christmas Comes jingled to No. 7 in 2014. Jesus Culture has collected seven top 10s, beginning in 2010, including the No. 1 Unstoppable Love, in 2014.