NASHVILLE, Tenn.– American legend Tennessee Ernie Fordâ€™s Amazing Grace CD and DVD recordings (Gaither Music Group) made waves on this weekâ€™s Nielsen Soundscan chart.Â The DVD recording, Amazing Grace, 21 Treasured Hymns, claimed the #1 position on this weekâ€™s Billboard Music Video chart; and the audio recording, Amazing Grace, 14 Treasured Hymns, landed at #19 on the country chart, where it was the weekâ€™s highest debut marking Fordâ€™s best-ever rank in Top Country Albums.Â Â
Amazing Grace, 14 Treasured Hymns topped the Southern Gospel Albums chart and came in at #9 on the Christian Albums chart, marking Fordâ€™s first Top 10 rank on a Billboard chart in 40 years.Â At that time, he garnered 17 Top 10 songs on Billboard country song surveys–a run that included three #1 hits: Â 1949’s “Mule Train,” 1950’s “The Shot Gun Boogie” and 1955’s “Sixteen Tons.” Â
“Producing this collection was nothing short of a labor of love for us,â€ described Jeffrey Buckner Ford, eldest son of the late Tennessee Ernie Ford.Â â€œPartnering with the legendary Bill Gaither was a blessing we canâ€™t begin to describe.Â We are, quite simply, blown away.Â To all the fans, young and old, all over the world — we thank you, and bless your little pea pickinâ€™ hearts!” Â
The Amazing Grace recordings feature Ford’s unmistakable, booming voice performing some of the most loved and noted hymns of our time including â€œHow Great Thou Art,â€ â€œThe Old Rugged Cross,â€ â€œSweet Hour of Prayer,â€ â€œRock of Ages,â€ â€œBlessed Assurance,â€ â€œWhat a Friend We Have in Jesusâ€ and many more. Â
Known not only for his voice but for his contagious personality as an artist, radio personality, actor and TV host, the late Country Music Hall of Famer has been a beloved household name since the 1950s.Â His talent as a singer has garnered sales of over 90 million albums sold worldwide.Â Gospel music was one of Ford’s greatest career passions as seen on his prime-time variety tv program, evidenced by his chart-topping recording successes and captured on this timeless collection.Â Â
The new CD and DVD are part of a tv special airing on Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, UPtv, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.Â It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.