Melvin Crispell III scores his first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Gospel Airplay chart (dated Aug. 21) as his debut single, “Wonderful Is Your Name,” ascends to No. 1 in its 28th week on the list.
In the tracking week ending Aug. 15, the song gained by 17% in plays, according to MRC Data.
“Wonderful Is Your Name” was authored by Crispell III’s father, the late Melvin Crispell Jr., who was also a gospel musician and songwriter.
“Of course it is incredible to top the charts, an absolutely surreal experience. But to do so with a song that my father wrote nearly 30 years ago is something truly remarkable,” Crispell III tells Billboard. “I am just 24, which means it was written before I was born.
“To have the opportunity to share it with the world, and it be a hit, speaks to how timeless his writing is,” he muses. “I am honored to carry on the legacy. I pray that I make him, and everyone who has supported me, proud.”