It’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment for Minneapolis singer/songwriter Jovonta Patton. This week, his third album Finally Living debuted at the top of the Billboard Gospel Albums sales chart–with no radio airplay.
Equally notable is Jovonta’s album sits on two other Billboard charts: the Billboard Christian & Gospel Albums sales chart at number 12 and the Billboard Independent Albums sales chart at number 21.
In a press release, CEO Marquis Boone of MBE Enterprises said, “We count it an honor to be able to introduce the next generation of artists to the world. Jovonta is a great talent. We are excited that he hired our firm to assist him in introducing hi music to the world. I think Jovonta has a long, wondrous career ahead of him.” Boone also manages gospel sensations Casey J and Bri Babineaux.
Jovonta got his start singing at the tender age of four in the choir at Berean Missionary Baptist Church. He began writing songs at age six. He cites Donald Lawrence, one of gospel’s prolific songwriters, as his musical hero and says that the 11 tracks on Finally Living are, like Lawrences’s compositions, grounded in the Scriptures.
Libra Nicole Boyd, PhD is a musician, award-winning author, gospel music aficionado, and the founder and editor of Gospel Music Fever™. Her commitment to journalistic integrity includes bringing you reliable gospel music content that uplifts and advances the art form. Libra is presently working on several scholarly projects about gospel music in the media as well as gospel music in social movements.