18 Year-old Worship Leader Kelontae Gavin Makes His Debut on Billboard Chart


On the heels of delivering a solid and commanding performance at the Gospel Superfest TV taping in Dayton, OH earlier this month, 18 Year-Old Stellar Award nominee and multi-faceted millennial worship leader, Kelontae Gavin, celebrates his first Billboard Top 30 entry on the Gospel Airplay chart this week with his riveting single "No Ordinary Worship" landing at No. 28.

Gavin, who's been called a live-wire prodigy by New York Times Pop critic Jon Caramanica, is slated to perform "No Ordinary Worship" at this years Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase on Saturday, March 24 in Las Vegas. Gavin is also nominated for a Stellar Award for Youth Project of the Year for his 2016 EP release, Higher (MBE/Tyscot).

Gavin is set to release his debut full-length live project THE HIGHER EXPERIENCE(MBE/Tyscot Records) on Friday, April 27, available in stores and online wherever music is sold or streamed. Fans can pre-order now and receive three instant grat tracks, "Higher," "I Won't Complain," and "No Ordinary Worship" ( The 11-track project, which was recored live at Fresh Start Church in Duluth, GA (a suburb of Atlanta, GA) last April features a guest appearance by BET's Sunday Best winner Geoffrey Goldenand is produced by Tedy P (Bri, Micah Stampley) and Marquis Boone (Casey J, Bri).


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About Kelontae Gavin: 
Kelontae Gavin, an energetic contemporary gospel vocalist from Ridgeville, South Carolina, unwittingly launched his career with a performance of the Rev. Paul Jones' "I Won't Complain." Recorded in his high-school cafeteria in 2014 and uploaded to YouTube, the interpretation caught the attention of Atlanta-based pastor and music executive Marquis Boone. Gavin signed with Marquis Boone Enterprises (MBE) in early 2016 and through Boone's partnership with the long-running Tyscot label, released his debut single and EP, "Higher," that November and reached Top 25 on Billboard's Hot Single Sales chart and Top 40 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart. The song was written by his mother, Priscilla Smalls, and produced by the Grammy-winning Myron Butler.

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