Published on May 31st, 2018 | by Nicole Vear
J.J. Hairston’s Musical Message is Reciprocal. With ASACP and Billboard Wins, He Indeed Deserves it All.
When the duo Mary Mary sang the refrain “You deserve it” in their seats at the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards after the Song of the Year category was announced and before the winner’s name was said, the impact of the winning record was evident. To be celebrated by your peers is a reward unto itself, but with JJ Hairston’s recent wins and upcoming projects, the work is ever-rewarding. After a successful debut of his sixth studio album “You Deserve It” (which landed at #33 on Billboard Top-200 Chart) and the lead single of the same name (which spent 24 weeks at the top of the Billboard Gospel Digital Songs sales chart), the project continues to bear fruit.
J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise were nominated for three Billboard Music Awards and received their first win this month in the Top Gospel Song category for “You Deserve It”. Earlier in the year the group was nominated for a Grammy and weeks prior to the Billboard win, they took home six awards at the 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The locomotive that is J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise has added more milestones along its inspirational course. This week Hairston was announced a winner of the 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award for “You Deserve It,” which was among the top ASCAP songs on the 2017 year-end charts. The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 21st at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“This is an exciting season for myself and Youthful Praise” says Hairston. “I’m excited about where God continues to take us and the ability to further His message and for that I’m truly grateful.”
Topping off all of this, Hairston has just been elected as Governor to the Washington, D.C. Chapter Board of the Recording Academy. As the Governor of the chapter, his primary responsibilities include serving as an advisor to help chart the course for his Chapter’s music community along with other Governors.
As Hairston’s musical and professional accolades grow, so does his label JamesTown Music. As the first artists and project on the label, J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise set the creative and business tone for other artists that precede them. Worship Leader Phil Thompson signed in the fourth quarter of 2017 and released his debut album earlier this month.
Currently, Hairston is co-headlining the 2018 McDonald’s Inspiration Gospel Tour that is scheduled to hit 13 cities nationwide. He also has just launched a new syndicated radio show, Youthful Praise with JJ Hairston, and he is preparing for the summer 2018 publication of his new book, “Amazing Love,” with his wife, Trina.
Hairston plans to record his first Christmas EP LIVE on Monday, September 10th followed by a new album recording in January 2019.