She’s just a newbie on the Christian music scene, but Emma Mullings’ debut single Skinny Roads has just hit the US Billboard charts—while also being named TCM Song of the Year for 2016.
This week, the song broke into the top 30 on the Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR chart in the US with the second highest debut of the week at #28. And in Australia, a roundup of Christian radio airplay figures from the official national Christian music charts, TCM, showed that Emma’s song was played more than any other on more than 20 major radio stations across the country.
Emma told TCM’s Cam Want she was excited to learn how successful the song had been after it debuted at #1 on the itunes inspirational chart, and that it was “a huge surprise” to receive Song of the Year.
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“When I started this EP, Skinny Roads was the first song that I wrote with Nathan Eshman and that he produced, and I was so happy with it when I first heard the final mix,” she said.
“Skinny Roads is about God calling us to move to Miami in the USA and plant a church, but everyone has their own skinny road, their path less travelled that they know they’re meant to do, to fulfil their purpose and destiny. I think it’s a theme that people relate to.
“A huge thankyou to Australian Christian radio for getting behind the track, for supporting the song and adding it to your playlists, and to everyone who has supported the song in 2016.”
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Previous songs of the year include UNITED’s Touch the Sky, For King and Country’s Fix My Eyes, and Me Without You by tobyMac.
The 2016 Artist of the Year, a title that goes to the Christian band or singer securing the most airplay on Christian radio, went to For King And Country—the band founded by Rebecca St James’ brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone.
The band received the same honour for 2015 too. Joel Smallbone said the support was “flabbergasting”.
Wes Jay, founder of the chart, said that 2016 was a record breaking year for Australian artists, with 4 of their songs making it into the top 10 and more than 20 in the top 100.
The results are a sign of healthy growth in the Australian Christian music industry, with 2016 being the first year Aussies have secured the top 3 positions on the song chart.
After Skinny Roads at number 1 came Priceless by For King & Country at position 2, and Young & Free’s Where You Are placing at number 3.