Bethel Music, the worship music and community of songwriters emerging from Bethel Church in Redding, CA, released the debut solo album from artist Amanda Cook, Brave New World, Sept. 25. The album quickly soared to the top of Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Oct. 17) amidst critical acclaim, while landing at No. 20 on the overall Billboard Top 200 with more than 19,000 albums sold. Brave New World also hit No. 1 on the UK Official Charts Christian & Gospel Albums chart.
In just over five years, Bethel Music has experienced exponential growth, including its website, www.bethelmusic.com, growing from around 100,000 visitors a month last year to over a half-million people monthly now.
"Our albums and songs are just an expression of a growing community of people who are pursuing the presence of God and are passionate about seeing His presence infiltrate every area of their lives, and every city and nation," says Joel Taylor, Bethel Music CEO. "We do have an incredible team, but what's happening with Bethel Music is far beyond our own abilities. God is orchestrating a worldwide worship movement in churches and artists around the world, and we're just grateful to be a part of it."
Bethel Music founding worship leaders, husband and wife team Brian and Jenn Johnson, lead a roster of artists that include newly signed Leeland and Cory Asbury, as well as Jeremy Riddle, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, William Matthews, Jonathan and Melissa Helser, Kalley Heiligenthal, Hunter Thompson, Matt Stinton, Paul and Hannah McCLure and Josh Baldwin.
With nearly a dozen Bethel Music singles hitting the Billboard Hot Christian Songs top 50 this year so far, the current Bethel Music multi-format hit radio single, "No Longer Slaves," is No. 24 and climbing on the Billboard Christian AC chart. Featured on We Will Not Be Shaken and written by Jonathan Helser, Brian Johnson and Joel Case, the song was also recently named by Justin Bieber as a "Top 3" song on his iPod playlist (Cosmopolitan magazine).
Taking many of these worship favorites on the road, Bethel Music "Worship Nights" have seen worshippers fill to capacity major venues at events coast-to-coast and internationally. This month Bethel Music artists have toured Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Busan, South Korea. The Bethel Music artists will also lead worship at the Influencers Conference (10/30, Atlanta), Restore Women's Conference (11/6-7, Saskatoon, SK, Canada), and Heaven Come Conference (5/25-27/2016, Los Angeles).