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The Mississippi Mass Choir’s ‘The Promise,’ Featuring Stan Jones & Myron Butler hits No. 1 on Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart

It's the first No. 1 for the choir, which formed in 1988.


The Mississippi Mass Choir’s song “The Promise,” featuring Stan Jones and Myron Butler, has climbed to the top spot on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart as of December 16, moving up from fifth place. During the week of December 1 to December 7, the track saw an 11% increase in airplay, as reported by Luminate.

Stan Jones was not only the producer of “The Promise” but also a co-writer, alongside Jerry Mannery.

Mississippi Mass Choir Errol Dillon
Mississippi Mass Choir Errol Dillon

This achievement marks a significant milestone for The Mississippi Mass Choir, earning them their first-ever number one on this chart. The choir, established in 1988 by the late visionary Frank Williams, is now led by Jerry Mannery and boasts over 150 vocalists, all hailing from Mississippi.



“The Promise” is the fourth song by The Mississippi Mass Choir to enter the Gospel Airplay chart. Their previous entries include “God’s on Your Side” (which featured Le’Andrai Johnson and Stan Jones and peaked at number 16 in October 2014), “God Made Me” (reaching number 10 in May 2011), and “I’m Not Tired” (which climbed to number 5 in July 2005).

For Stan Jones, “The Promise” is his first song to lead the Gospel Airplay chart, among his two chart appearances. For the experienced gospel singer Myron Butler, this is his first chart-topping song in his eighth appearance on the chart. He also achieved another top 10 hit with his debut entry “Set Me Free,” a duet with Levi, which reached number 3 in June 2006.

The Mississippi Mass Choir has a notable history on the Top Gospel Albums chart as well. Their debut self-titled album topped the chart for 17 weeks starting in August 1989. They also achieved number one spots with their albums “God Gets the Glory” (for five weeks in 1992) and “It Remains To Be Seen…” (for 17 weeks between 1993 and 1994). Their latest album, “Declaration of Dependence,” reached a peak position of number 8 in June 2014, marking the group’s sixth top 10 album.

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