On the Billboard's Classical Albums chart, you'll find two LDS groups battling for the top spot.
Lindsey Stirling's album Brave Enough was released on August 19 and has spent an impressive 10 weeks on several Billboard charts, reaching No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, No. 1 on the U.S. Top Classical Albums, No. 1 on the U.S. Dance/Electronic Albums, No. 2 on the U.S. Digital Albums (Billboard), No. 2 on the U.S. Independent Albums, and No. 1 on the U.S. Top Internet Albums.
But just this week GENTRI's brand new album, Finding Christmas, is quickly climbing the Classical Albums chart, already hitting the No. 2 spot.
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GENTRI is no stranger to the Billboard Charts. GENTRI’s unique and stunning mashup of "What Child Is This?" with "I Wonder As I Wander" took No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Single chart last year.
Their self-titled debut EP spent 10 consecutive weeks in the top 10 on two different charts including three weeks at No. 2 on both the Classical and Classical Crossover charts.
When asked about the most rewarding part of GENTRI's success, tenor Casey Elliott says, "Hands down it's using any influence we have to serve others. Influence has always been out number-one priority—not the kind of influence that leads to fame and fortune, but the kind of influence that allows us to serve others in meaningful ways."
Lindsey Stirling agrees with GENTRI and strives to keep her influence positive as she stays strong in the gospel despite being in an industry that can make that difficult. “I try to keep the commandments,” she says. “I strive to go to church even when I am on the road or on tour. I’m not perfect, but I really try. I live worthy of a temple recommend, and I strive to keep the gospel as a foundation for my life.”
Check out GENTRI's chart-topping song from last year and Lindsey Stirling's "Something Wild," recently featured in Disney's Pete's Dragon.
For more from these incredible artists, check out their Billboard chart-topping albums:
Blending electronic music with a diverse number of musical genres that include pop, country, rap, alternative and rock, Brave Enough displays Stirling's impressive ability to push her own musical boundaries while continuing to embrace her own unique signature sound.
Two years in the making, this Christmas album began with a show-stopping performance of GENTRI’s arrangement of “Silent Night.” This album will help you feel the true joy of Christmas, a joy that comes from celebrating the love and peace of the season.