Rapper Kanye West has released his second gospel album, wrapping up a year of transformations with another foray into the Christian music scene.
“Jesus Is Born” hit major digital streaming services on Christmas Day and features 19 songs credited to the Sunday Service Choir, a gospel collective that West brought together. West executive-produced the album, but doesn’t rap in it.
Although it was released on a religious holiday, the album is primarily composed of songs that aren’t traditionally associated with Christmas ― including covers of the classics “Count Your Blessings,” “Revelation 19:1,” and “Total Praise.”
West’s first gospel album, “Jesus Is King,” debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart at No. 1 in October. It was also West’s first appearance on Billboard’s religious charts, opening at No. 1 on both the Top Christian albums and Top Gospel albums tallies.