If anyone should feel blessed this month, its “The Voice” singer Koryn Hawthorne, her debut single “Won’t He Do It” has spent a record 26 weeks atop the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. She is the FIRST female artist to hold the #1 position for this long and is also gaining attention on Youtube as well as her video for the single has received over 1.4 million views. The success for Hawthorne has seemed to get progressively better as time goes on. Hawthorne, who was a finalist on the eight season of “The Voice” released her debut album “Unstoppable” in July and since it’s release has sat comfortably at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart for over 8 weeks now.
This success is a testament to just how hungry gospel music fans are for new faces and music in a culture that doesn’t get as much recognition as it deserves. Hawthorne is breaking the mold of classic gospel artists by bringing an upbeat and fresh sound to a genre that craves innovation, and her success is proof that the genre is steadily growing and capable of competing on the charts.
Hawthorne’s success is not limited to producing hit songs and albums, the singer is also a recurring cast member of the hit television series Greenleaf which airs on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. She is also touring nationwide this month and next month with Jonathan Mcreynolds on the Make Room Tour.
Hawthorne is nominated for New Artist of the Year as well as Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year at the 49th Annual Dove Awards and will also be performing on the show which will air on October 16th. As much as we’d like to stay impartial its hard not to root for her considering her hard work and dedication.