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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matt 28:19-20 (KJV)

 


 

Marvin Sapp

Over the last five years, eight-time Grammy Award nominated singer Marvin Sapp has experienced some of the highest heights and the lowest depths a man can face.
After two decades as a respected Gospel artist, Sapp burst to superstar status on the heels of his 2007 radio smash, “Never Would Have Made It,” which beat out hits by The Beatles and Elvis Presley to hold the record as the longest #1 single at radio (43 weeks) in the history of the Billboard charts.

Not only did it hit the top spot on the Hot Gospel Songs and Adult R&B Airplay charts, but it also became the first Gospel song to sell a million digital downloads. His follow-up CD, Here I Am, released in 2010, made further history as the highest Top 200 chart debut by a Gospel artist ever when it came in at #2 with over 76,000 in first week sales.
 
During this period of unprecedented success, Sapp, who also pastors the flourishing Lighthouse FLC church in Grand Rapids, MI, had to balance his public triumphs with his private tragedies. Thirsty, the CD with the breakout hit “Never Would Have Made It,” was recorded after the loss of the three most important men in his life - his natural father, his spiritual father, and his musical mentor. A few years later, after the release of Here I Am, he lost his wife of twenty-two years, Malinda, who died in 2010 after a battle with colon cancer. That loss, and how Sapp mitigated the pain through conversations with God, provides the backdrop for his ninth solo CD, I WIN (Verity Gospel Music Group). “After all the stuff I’ve had to endure over the last five years, I felt like I needed to make a declaration and be open and honest about how I feel about everything that I’ve had to overcome,” Sapp says of the set. “And when I look back at it, I wasn’t as swift as I should have been. Probably wasn’t as fast as I could have been, but because I endured I won.”
 
The 10 brilliant songs comprising I WIN all touch on some element of winning whether it be a spiritual victory or just succeeding in the game of life. For the first time in his career, Sapp solicited songs by aspiring tunesmiths via Facebook and Twitter. He and his longtime producer, Aaron Lindsey (Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, James Fortune), listened to over 2,000 songs and picked four of them for the project. “I kind of feel like it’s my assignment to give unknown writers an opportunity to be heard on a national scale,” Sapp says. “Our prayer is that now those names will become a little more prominent.”
 
In spite of putting his ear on so many songs, it was easy for Sapp to pick the ones that fit this album. “The songs that I listened to I wanted to make sure I could deliver them,” he explains. “I’m a strong believer that you can’t sing with passion something that you don’t have a conviction about. So I listened for songs that lined up with the direction I wanted this record to go into, and that’s being a winner and understanding that it’s not when you cross the finish line but it’s that you crossed the finish line that makes you a winner.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Albums

  Name Artist Released  
I Win Marvin Sapp 03/30/12
Thirsty Marvin Sapp 07/03/07
My Testimony Marvin Sapp 01/27/12
God Favored Me (Extended Version)
[feat. Marvin Sapp & DJ Rogers] - Single
Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Marvin Sapp &
DJ Rogers
07/23/09
Diary of a Psalmist Marvin Sapp 01/01/90
Playlist: The Very Best of Marvin Sapp Marvin Sapp 07/03/12
The Best In Me (Radio Version)
[Live] - Single
Marvin Sapp 01/12/10
Grace and Mercy Marvin Sapp 01/01/97
Christmas Card Marvin Sapp 10/18/13
I Believe Marvin Sapp 06/11/02
Never Would Have Made It - Single Marvin Sapp 08/05/08
I Believe Marvin Sapp 05/24/04
Be Exalted Marvin Sapp 07/26/05