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Fred Hammond’s 12th CD, GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE, debuts #1 on Billboard’s Gospel sales charts, and #8 on the Billboard Top-200. This is Fred Hammond’s 7th consecutive #1 Gospel debut, and his highest debut ever in the Top-200.

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GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE offers urban praise and worship as only Fred Hammond can, complemented by is an impressive opus into matters of the heart, from a Christian perspective. The 19-track, 2-disc set was inspired by Hammond’s life and by simply observing the world around him. “It’s been on my heart for about four years, and I was encouraged by my good friends Pastor Mike & Dee Dee Freeman (Spirit of Faith Christian Center, Temple Hills, MD) to finally do it,” Hammond says of his decision to record a collection of love songs. “A lot of times as men with Christian beliefs we don’t talk about the things that are really important to us in love relationships. I believe God uses not only my triumphs but He uses my tribulations, turmoil, and trials to help other people go through what they are going through.”

James “Jazzy” Jordan, EVP Verity Gospel Music Group says: “Fred brought this project to us with a strong conviction that it was something he needed and wanted to do. He is very passionate about using his music, and his experience, to help mend relationships and help to correct the high divorce rate in the black church. Fred Hammond is an artist unafraid of charting new territory, and supporting his vision is what we set out to do. The Verity Records staff worked tirelessly and creatively to introduce the CD to the public in a compelling way so that his vision was understood in the marketplace, and we are happy that Fred’s vision and the label’s efforts have landed us at the top of the charts.”

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“I knew I had to do this record. I knew it was time for me to share my heart about love. I knew that the body of Christ needed to hear these songs, but I honestly didn’t know how it would be received. I always say that I’m a ‘step out of the boat’ kind of artist, and I am grateful for everyone who has stepped out with me to support this CD. It is humbling and it is heartwarming and it is a reminder that when God gives you something – to move on it, even if you don’t fully understand what He is doing,” says Fred Hammond of the high chart debut.

GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE was produced by Fred Hammond. The CD’s first single, “I Feel Good” is Top-10 at Gospel radio. Hammond’s first nationally televised performance of the single airs this Saturday, February 11, at 7 p.m. on The Stellar Awards’ national broadcast on Gospel Music Channel.