NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€” Hymns, the acclaimed Servant Records/Gaither Music GroupÂ sophomore release from Christian musicâ€™s premier country recording artist, Guy Penrod, is the top-selling Southern Gospel album of 2012, according to Nielsen Christian SoundScanâ€™s year-end chart. The project is also last yearâ€™s best-selling Gospel recording in Cracker Barrel Old Country StoresÂ® nationwide.
One of the most in-demand touring artists in Christian music, Penrod traveled throughout the US and abroad last year, highlighted by a performance at Southern Gospelâ€™s premier gathering, Septemberâ€™s National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 2012, he was also featured on the cover of top industry publication Singing News and made multiple media appearances, including radioâ€™s â€œThe Mike Huckabee Show,â€ RFD TVâ€™s top-rated â€œLarryâ€™s Country Diner,â€ and one of North Americaâ€™s most popular Christian television programs, â€œ100 Huntley Street.â€ Additionally, Penrod hosts DayStar Televisionâ€™s weekly â€œGospel Music Showcase,â€ and capped the year by hosting the networkâ€™s Christmas special from Branson, Missouri.
Produced by Penrod and Pete Greene, Hymns debuted at #1 on Nielsen SoundScanâ€™s Southern Gospel retail chart last year. Showcasing 13 of the award-winning artistâ€™s favorite selections, the project includes â€œDoes Jesus Care?,â€ a duet with the legendary George Beverly Shea, as well as â€œThe Old Rugged Cross,â€ â€œWhat a Friend We Have in Jesus,â€ â€œAmazing Grace,â€ â€œCount Your Blessingsâ€ and â€œLeaning on the Everlasting Arms,â€ among others.
Penrodâ€™s 2010 Dove Award-nominated Servant Records/Gaither Music GroupÂ solo debut, Breathe Deep, continues to be a benchmark for country recordings within the Christian marketplace, featuring successful mainstream country and Southern Gospel radio singles. A 2011 Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Penrod has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, among other noteworthy platforms, and spent 14 years with the legendary GRAMMYÂ® and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band.
Hymns is distributed by EMI CMG Distribution and is available at retail and digital outlets worldwide, as well as Cracker Barrel Old Country StoresÂ®.