Worship leader Phil Wickham debuts at #1 with his brand new album Living Hope. This is Wickham's second Billboard Top Christian Albums No. 1 album, among seven top 10s. Living Hope moved 7,000 equivalent album units with 5,000 in traditional album sales.
Wickham first led Top Christian Albums with This Is Amazing Grace for 10 weeks, starting in March 2014. He first appeared on the chart with Grace, which debuted and peaked at No. 35 in 2006, and earned his first top 10 with Safe, which reached No. 4 in 2010.
Full of songs for the church to sing, critics are applauding Wickham's worship inspired Living Hope with Hallels calling it "a treasure trove to mine as we search to express our worship in ways that are Biblically sound and musically accommodating" and The Christian Beat calling the album "[the] latest addition to his truly unique and celebrated collection. Wickham's genre leading storytelling abilities are again on display as he strikes a chord with the human heart and connects listeners with the Creator."
New Release Today has named Living Hope it's Worship Album of the Year, adding that the project "provides listeners with songs that proclaim acceptance of God's love in any circumstance...Every single song could be added to your Sunday morning worship set." 365 Days of Inspiring Media adds "This album is for anyone...who loves worship that's unique, fresh, emotive, powerful and heartfelt...standing tall amongst many of the worship album releases of 2018 thus far."