Pastor and gospel star Marvin Sapp has a chance to garner his fourth No. 1 gospel album in a row with the release “You Shall Live” on Tuesday, June 2. It’s his first full length album in four years but how it sells isn’t as important to him as its message.
“I’ve had a great career,” the Grammy-nominated artist said in a phone interview. “Prayerfully, you want a No. 1 but my goal has always been to use music to minister to the masses. Singing and preaching about the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s what’s most important to me.”
Sapp’s past three albums — “Thirsty,” “Here I Am,” and “I Win” — all topped the Billboard Gospel Album charts and sold more than 500,000 copies. “Thirsty” features the popular single “Never Would Have Made It.”
Whether Sapp is on the road as a guest pastor or performing as an artist, his priority is Grand Rapids and he can be found nearly every Sunday and Tuesday preaching at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, 2415 Madison Ave. SE, in Grand Rapids.
“My responsibility is at home,” he said. “I’m fortunate that after 25 years of preaching and singing that I can frame my own schedule, which allows me to teach at Lighthouse.”
The new album’s message is about affirmation and declaration, Sapp says. The title “You Shall Live” is a declaration that “even though we go through many challenges in life and want to quit, it’s not really an option.”
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