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Pastor John P. Kee’s CD, Life and Favor, debuts at #1 on multiple music sales charts, including both the Billboard’s Top Gospel Album Chart and Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Chart. Life and Favor also debuts at #1 on the Christian Music Trade Association’s (CMTA) Current Gospel Overall Chart and enters at #32 on Billboard’s Top 200. Life and Favor is the first release from Pastor Kee’s independent label, Kee Music Group.

“I’m very proud of the love and labor that went into Life and Favor,” said Pastor Kee. “The message of the new project speaks to this time in our nation – to those hurting, out of work, and hopeless – to really encourage them with the body of Christ. Today is special because of the faith step taken by Kee Music Group to continue to bring quality music to the masses. To me, #1 has more to do with being relevant than placement. To have this kind of support from fans as well as my peers is overwhelming to say the least.”

Life and Favor features many of Pastor Kee’s friends coming together on collaborations, including Kirk Franklin and Layla Hathaway. The title-track and debut single features James Fortune, LeJuene Thompson, and Isaac Carree. The single, an inspiring autobiographical testimony of living in the favor of God from Pastor Kee, climbed to #5 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs Chart this week.

“Central South Distribution is pleased to partner with Pastor Kee and Kee Music Group on this #1 CD,” said Vicki Lataillade, chief marketing officer at Central South Distribution. “Life and Favor embodies Pastor Kee’s commitment to ministry and leading believers in worship. It’s exciting to see the positive response in the first week of release.”

“Hardy congratulations to John P. Kee on his new album being #1 on Billboard’s gospel chart for its opening week,” said Chuck Adams, president of Central South Distribution. “Life and Favor is an instant classic and a must have for gospel fans. All the staff at CSD and project team is happy and honored to be associated with the John P. Kee label family and this remarkable album.”

Check out Life and Favor for free through tomorrow, September 6, by visiting: http://soundcloud.com/johnpkee/sets/john-p-kee-and-new-life-life-1

Get a free download of “Life and Favor”: http://bit.ly/lifeandfavorremix

Link for the official Life and Favor lyric video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_0E_SmIg3A&feature=related

At the 2012 Stellar Awards, Pastor Kee, who has already received 21 Stellar Award trophies, was honored with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for his career, which spans over three decades. Additional awards include 27 GMWA Excellence Awards, a Trailblazer Award from President Bill Clinton, a Soul Train Award, two Billboard Music Awards, nine Waljo Awards, and seven Grammy ® Award nominations. In the late 1980’s he was crowned the Prince of Gospel, and in 2005, he was inducted into The Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Although he is one of Gospel music’s greatest pioneers, his real passion is for clear, genuine, and aggressive street ministry. His heart’s desire is to show the love and power of the Lord to the world – specifically to the inner city communities of our nation. Since its inception in 1995, Pastor Kee has been the full-time pastor of the New Life Fellowship Center in Charlotte, N.C.

For more information on John P. Kee, please visit www.johnpkeeonline.com .

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