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J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise

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J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise (affectionately known as YP) continue to make waves in the Gospel Music

Industry while garnering national and international recognition. Founded in 1991, the once 35-member church choir from Bridgeport, CT has transformed into a Billboard chart topping national gospel artist.

Recently, J.J. Hairston & YP has garnered much success with the release of “You Deserve It,” an infectious worship song that is taking the nation by storm. The single remained #1 for 10 weeks on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart and 21 weeks on the Billboard Gospel Digital Sales Chart. They also completed “The Bloody Wind Tour,” a 22-city nationwide sold out tour in which Hairston co-headlined.

Youthful Praise has performed on several national platforms including, Good Morning America, the Stellar

Awards, T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest, and Essence Music Festival to name a few.

In May 2017, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise also debuted their latest album entitled, “You Deserve It” after the hit single which debuted #1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. This accomplishment adds to the list of Youthful Praise’s seven best-selling albums that feature Top Ten radio hits, many of which have been written or co-written by JJ including, ”You’re Mighty,” “Resting on His Promise,” “Lord you’re Mighty,” and the ground-breaking praise song “Incredible God – Incredible Praise.”

In 2016, JJ Hairston launched Jamestown Music. This new label is exclusively distributed by Nashville-based Entertainment One. Hairston’s goal is to continue to develop music through this new venture that can be used as a tool for audiences everywhere to develop their personal relationship with God. With a career filled with much critical and commercial acclaim, J. J. Hairston and Youthful Praise have solidified themselves as a creative musical force in this new age of gospel music.

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