AFTER THIS, the sensational full-length album from the contemporary gospel songwriter, arranger, producer, JJ Hairston, has closed the year out on Billboard’s Top Gospel Songs chart in the number five position and landed in the top 20 of the Year End Gospel Sales Charts. The hit single Lord of All has also reached the #12 position at Radio.

Released on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, AFTER THIS is JJ’s sixth straight live recording, the first since the highly celebrated Resting On His Promise. AFTER THIS entered the Billboard Gospel Charts in the #1 position, making it Hairston’s first number one album.

A Stellar Award nominated Gospel artist, JJ has become known for a Gospel sound that is unique in its musicality and delivery. JJ intentionally takes Youthful Praise back to basics with signature vocals, harmonies and that special East Coast sound that made a permanent impact almost 10 years ago.  

With themes of praise, declaration and thanksgiving, AFTER THIS is no different. Hairston offers songs that are expressions of God’s complete greatness and power. The album’s current success has been driven by the top-10 title track, “After This,” a rousing and energetic song of victory and encouragement.

For the past two years, Hairston has been the music minister at First Cathedral Church in Bloomfield, CT and recently became the Mass Choir director at Triumph Church in Detroit, MI. These roles influence Hairston’s approach on AFTER THIS – giving the album a more message-conscious feel. “I want people to know what and who God really is,” said Hairston. “I want listeners to walk away with a different mind-set

Even when we think about the simple things in our lives, we should be grateful. I want people to really appreciate the messages on this album.”  

AFTER THIS is a musical reminder of who God is – the full greatness of Him and how we, His believers should be approaching Him. One great selection is “I Am” which was written by worship leader, Eddie James. A popular theme it speaks to God being everything – He is Love, Peace, Healing and more. “It is a theme that needs to be heard … we need to be reminded of what He really does and is,” Hairston said.

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