Published on May 8th, 2023 | by richvongod0
Charles Jenkins Releases His Anticipated New EP, “Gospel Music Changed My Life”
CHARLES JENKINS, is a celebrated hitmaker, label-head, and indie-music mogul with hundreds of millions of streams and views combined. He proudly releases his much anticipated new body of work, “GOSPEL MUSIC CHANGED MY LIFE”. “Gospel Music Changed My Life,” was introduced to fans across the world with the release of the lead single, “God Be Praised,” followed by the new fan-favorite inspirational song, “The Soul of A Woman”. The EP is globally available now on all streaming and digital platforms, via his Inspire People record label imprint.
GOSPEL MUSIC CHANGED MY LIFE,” is produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Warryn Campbell and Grammy-nominated producer Marcus Hodge. The EP flashes back to the 70s and 80’s with a range of soulful emotions laced with hip-hop inflections. This EP represents the story of a misguided teen who was put in the gospel choir for punishment as a 9th grader. Crystallized, as one of Gospel Music’s leading artists, Charles intends to use this EP and his story to reach at-risk inner-city youth with events, music camps, and concerts around the world.
It opens with happy overtones with the inspirational cut “Sweet Sunny Day” which promises to be a timeless classic. The EP moves to a jovial in-Memoriam song “Someday” that is so uplifting and bright you would never know it was celebrating a loved one who has departed this world. “The Grace of God” harkens back to the soul-stirring sounds of the Iconic James Cleveland with a dose of modern urban flair, promising to grab the heart of the listener. Charles’ remake of the legendary Andre Crouch’s “We Are Not Ashamed” is an offering of passionate crowd singing, and musical enjoyment simultaneously. The song invokes everyone to sing and offers a touch of “current, providing room for the listener to be contemplative, bob their head, and bounce. The EP closes with the southern, hand clapping, foot stomping “God Be Praised.”
“I listen to God Be Praised every morning, and then 3 times a day after that,” says Louis Carr, President of Media Sales for BET Networks.
He has earned a combined (18) Billboard #1’s, (9) Stellar Awards, Grammy recognition, a Soul Train Music Award nomination, (7) Dove Music Award nominations, (9) BMI Top Songwriter Awards, and closed 2022 with the Billboard #1 Song of the Year for Gospel Airplay.
Charles Jenkins is a celebrated hitmaker, label head, and music mogul. Most noted for his infectious anthems “Awesome” and “War”, Charles is back with timeless anthems that promise to touch the soul and entertain all who listen.
He has earned 18 Billboard #1’s, 9 Stellar Awards, Grammy recognition, a Soul Train Music Award nomination, and 7 Dove Music Award nominations. This spring Charles also received his 9th BMI Top Songwriter Award. He closed out 2022 at the #1 spot on the Year-End Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart with his hit “Never Knew Love.”
After over 10 years of success in the music business with hit songs such as “Awesome”, “War”, “Winning”, and “Never Knew Love” which has accumulated over 95.5 million streams, over 100 million views on YouTube, and 734,560 Shazams. The Florida native is a devoted family man. He is married to Dr. Tara Rawls and he has three beautiful children, Princess, Paris, and Charles III. As a beloved gospel figure, he has had the opportunity to perform at BET’s “Sunday Best,” “Celebration of Gospel”, and TVOne’s “Urban One Honors,” but he is no stranger to performing for a wide variety of crowds. He has had the opportunity to perform at the Jay-Z Made In America Festival, The Essence Music Festival, and D-Nice’s Club Quarantine at LA’s famed Hollywood Bowl in front of 17,000 attendees.
For 20 years, Jenkins served as the senior pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. His passion for service has been a phenomenal help to the city and the State of Illinois. He was pivotal in the passing of the Big Box Ordinance, which led to Walmart and Target stores arriving in Chicago. Charles was also an instrumental figure in Uber’s arrival to the city. He also helped restore 30 million dollars to the Illinois state budget, which led to the expansion of Walgreens and affordable medication for senior citizens.
Additionally, as a celebrated motivator and communicator, Charles has traveled around the world inspiring audiences. He was a featured speaker at a special National Prayer Breakfast event alongside the famed OS Guinness. Jenkins was also a speaker at President Barack Obama’s second Inaugural Prayer Service among many other notable events. He has received countless awards and citations for his service, including the BET Networks ICON Man of Change Award and the Black Enterprise Magazine’s Urban Business Game Changer Award. Charles Jenkins’s passionate journey has led him all over the world and onto almost every stage an artist can dream of. He is a hit songwriter and gospel music mogul embracing the next page of his musical journey.
His longtime fans will feel the same sense of familiarity and joy, while first-time listeners will be welcomed into a broader sense of community that Jenkins so proudly embraces.
“I’m embracing who I’ve always been and what I’ve always done” – Charles Jenkins