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Gospel music sensation Marvin Sapp delivers a smashing debut with the release of his latest album, You Shall Live, entering at No. 1 on the Gospel and Christian Sales Chart. Garnering his fourth No. 1 album debut, the 10th solo album from the GRAMMY® nominated, 22-time Stellar Award-winning singer-songwriter, author and pastor was released on June 2 to critical acclaim—praising the album’s uplifting declarations, powerhouse vocals and sound.

“I am humble that so many still believe in the practical musical message that my team and I have shared over the years,” Marvin Sapp says in a statement. “It’s been four years since my last album and the response has been great.  Words can’t express the appreciation that I feel!”

Sapp recently visited Steed Media Group headquarters to talk about his new album and the Black church.

What are some good and bad things about the Black church community today?

One thing I love about the Black church is the people. One thing I wish I could change about the Black church is the people. That’s the answer. If people study their Bibles, the same stuff that we’re dealing with now is no different than the stuff that they’ve dealt with in biblical times. All these folks say, ‘I can’t believe this is going on in the church.’ Where have y’all been? It’s the same junk that’s been going on since the days of Jesus. What we need to do is understand that there’s going to be wheat and tears, and they’re going to grow together and just let God do the separating. If we let God do the separating, we won’t be plucking up wheat accidentally thinking that they’re tears. I just preach in season and out and let God separate man. They’re his people. I’m just called the pastor who he sends. I’m not called to say you’re saved and you’re not.

What do you want the impact of your latest album to be?

Musically, it will be an extremely successful record. People will go out and get it and it’ll do what it’s supposed to do. It’ll sell the types of units because it’s a business. I’m not crazy, I’ve been here long enough to know that this is business. But you want to make music that has a life that lives beyond its specific date of release. That means that it’s message is still relevant. That’s what really makes “Never Would Have Made It” such a great song. Not because of it’s in depth lyrical content, it’s not a deep song, it’s just a song that resonates with so many people because so many people have had those moments. So I’m hoping that We Shall Live has a song on it that really resonates with people just as “Never Would Have Made It” did.

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