pastor charles jenkins and choir*Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Live’s hit praise and worship anthem, “Awesome,” enters at No. 1 as the Best Selling Christian/Gospel Song on Amazon and No. 10 on iTunes Top 200 Christian/Gospel Songs chart.  The single moves to No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.  Charles Jenkins Presents Fellowship Chicago Live: “The Best of Both Worlds will be in stores and online everywhere on June 12, 2012.

Jenkins will kick-off the promo tour on May 18 at the I Hear Music Conference at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tour will resume in Atlanta on Monday, June 4 (see promo dates below—more dates and locations will be added in the coming weeks). Jenkins will also be a featured artist at the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Conference on Wednesday, June 27, in Atlanta and during the ESSENCE Music Festival weekend on July 6th, 7th and 8th in New Orleans.

Other key promo events include a CD release party in Chicago at the House of Hope on Monday, June 11 featuring special guest artists Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop Paul S. Morton, who also appears on the album.  The promo tour will include other key press, radio, retail, church and conference events.

Here is the tour itinerary:

Monday, June 4, 2012                                              Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, June 5, 2012                                              Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, June 6, 2012                                       Chicago, IL

Thursday, June 7, 2012                                            Atlanta, GA

Friday, June 8, 2012                                                  Chicago, IL

Saturday, June 9, 2012                                             Chicago, IL

Monday, June, 11, 2012                                           Chicago, IL

Tuesday, June 12, 2012                                            Houston, TX

Wednesday, June 13, 2012                                     Baltimore, MD/D.C.

Thursday, June 14, 2012                                          Philadelphia, PA

Friday, June 15, 2012                                                New York, NY

Saturday, June 16, 2012                                           Chicago, IL

Wednesday, June 27, 2012                                     Atlanta, GA

Friday, July 6, 2012                                                   New Orleans, LA

Saturday, July 7, 2012                                               New Orleans, LA

Sunday, July 8, 2012                                                 New Orleans, LA

Friday, July 13, 2012                                                 Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, August 2, 2012                                        Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, August 4, 2012                                         Atlanta, GA

Inspired People and EMI/Christian Music Group recently signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement. Jenkins, the senior pastor of the legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, continues a long musical tradition at Fellowship, which released 25 albums under the leadership of Jenkins’ predecessor, Reverend Clay Evans.

Jenkins believes that music can be the basis of an urban Christian movement that attracts people in ways that many traditional mediums cannot. “There are opportunities to create amazing music and to create a meaningful movement around that music,” he says. “For us, this is not just a CD; it is a movement for God.” and