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‘The Voice’ Contestant Brooke Simpson Brings ‘Amazing Grace’ Back to No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs Chart

Brooke Simpson's version of "Amazing Grace" starts with 25,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 7.

Brooke Simpson, competing for Miley Cyrus team on season 13 of NBC’s The Voice, sang hymn “Amazing Grace” on the show’s Dec. 3 episode, and the recording subsequently launches atop Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs chart (dated Dec. 23).

The hymn starts with 25,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 7, according to Nielsen Music.


North Carolina native Simpson reigns with her first Billboard chart entry, which marks The Voice‘s eighth No. 1 on Hot Christian Songs, all of which have debuted at the summit. It’s the first since Christian Cuevas version of Israel & New Breed’s “To Worship You I Live (Away),” which opened atop the chart dated Dec. 24, 2016.

The first and fourth times that competitors on The Voice topped Hot Christian Songs were also with “Amazing Grace,” by Meghan Linsey (May 23, 2015) and Braiden Sunshine (Dec. 26, 2015). The other such acts and their No. 1s: Jordan Smith (“Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Hallelujah,” “Mary Did You Know”) and Sundance Head (“Me and Jesus”).

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On Gospel Airplay, R&B/hip-hop-influenced Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago’s “Grace” (featuring Le’Andria Johnson) rises 2-1. Jenkins, the pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago, posts his third No. 1, following “# War,” which ruled for five weeks in 2015, and the 16-week 2012 leader “Awesome.”

Johnson achieves her first Gospel Airplay No. 1.