Johnson, who is also a member of the worship music collective Bethel Music, earns her first leader on the list.
“Famous,” which Wells co-wrote, drew 9 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 17, according to MRC Data.
“In the times we find ourselves, I think we are all needing hope that things can actually get better, and this song reminds us that they can,” Wells shares with Billboard. “The significance of this No. 1 for me is that people’s faith is being reignited to believe in something good again. There’s nothing better than knowing that’s happening in people’s lives all over the world.”
The 34-year-old Wells, from Battle Creek, Mich., last crowned Christian Airplay in February 2019 when “Known” spent its second of two weeks at the summit. He first led as featured on Crowder’s “All My Hope” for two weeks beginning in March 2018. A year earlier, Wells widened his audience as the opening act on Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey’s All the Hits Tour.
Wells boasts six Christian Airplay top 10s, starting with “Hills and Valleys” (No. 8, July 2017). Until his latest leader, he’d most recently reached the tier with “God’s Not Done With You” (No. 2, September 2019).
Johnson achieves her first Christian Airplay leader among three appearances. Switchfoot’s “Joy Invincible,” on which she’s featured, re-enters this week at No. 50 after reaching No. 49 in November, while Bethel Music and Johnson’s “Goodness of God (Live)” reached No. 19 last June. (Bethel Music sports one No. 1 on the tally, as well as five No. 1s, among 15 top 10s, on Top Christian Albums.)
RIPP RISES TO No. 1: On the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Christian Songs chart, Andrew Ripp’s debut hit “Jericho” jumps 11-7.
On Christian Airplay, “Jericho,” which Ripp co-authored, bumps 7-6, up 2% to 7.8 million in audience. It also gained by 18% to 1.1 million U.S. streams and 12% to 1,000 sold in the tracking week.
Ripp, from Chicago, broke through with his co-writing credit on Zach Williams’ “Rescue Story,” which reached No. 2 on Christian Airplay and No. 5 on Hot Christian Songs last year.