According to a recent news release, Chicago-based ensemble Shekinah Glory Ministry (SGM) continues to dominate and set the standard for urban praise and worship music. Their new and fifth CD, “Surrender” (Kingdom Records), has debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. The whimsical, uplifting radio single, “Champion,” led by Danielle Nightingale Cargo’s warm soprano, is expected to debut on Nielsen BDS’ New & Active chart listing next week. In a short time span, this song has pulled in 600,000 weekly listeners in the U.S.
Kingdom Records is a leader in African-American praise and worship music with hits such as Shekinah Glory Ministry’s 2001 breakthrough smash, “Praise Is What I Do.” The million-selling SGM is not a choir. Instead, it’s a dynamic ensemble of psalmists, minstrels, and banner bearers who perform “under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.” Their Hebrew name means “the glorified presence of God.” Their CDs “Praise Is What I Do” (No. 5 peak Top Gospel Albums) and Shekinah Glory Ministry “Live” (No. 3 peak Top Gospel Albums – 103 weeks on the chart) were both certified gold in 2005 and 2008 respectively. They also have three gold or platinum DVDs to their credit and their 2010 CD, “Refreshed By Fire,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. For more information, go to www.kingdomrecordsinc.