Music News: Zach Williams Receives Another RIAA Gold Certification; Drops New Music Video For “Less Like Me”
ZACH WILLIAMS’ “THERE WAS JESUS” GOES GOLD; New Music Video Drops Today For “Less Like Me” While Song Charts Early At Radio; Williams Wraps 2020 With A No. 1 Song, A GRAMMY Nomination, And Two GMA Dove Award Wins; Rescue Story Tour Will Embark This Fall
15 January 2021 – Franklin, TN – While GRAMMY Award®-winning artist Zach Williams wrapped 2020 with another No. 1 song, a GRAMMY nomination, two GMA Dove Award® wins and more, his 2021 is already off to a great start. It was just announced that the multi-week chart-topping and GRAMMY-nominated song “There Was Jesus,” his duet with Dolly Parton, has received RIAA® Gold Certification. “Chain Breaker” is RIAA-certified Platinum, while “Old Church Choir” and “Fear Is A Liar” are both Gold. Chain Breaker, his GRAMMY-winning album, is also certified Gold.
Additionally, today Williams releases his latest music video for “Less Like Me,” his latest single to hit radio. The video can be viewed below. Co-written by Williams along with Mia Fieldes and Hank Bentley, there is already a phenomenal response to the song, charting at radio before officially releasing January 29. “Less Like Me” can already be heard on Sirius XM, K-LOVE, KSBJ, KLTY, among others.
“Less Like Me” official music video
While 2020 brought many cancellations and changes to the music and touring world, Williams was able to spend time with family while also songwriting, recording, and touring during many drive-in theater shows. He then added another No. 1 single to his accolades with “There Was Jesus,” the song that Williams and Parton originally debuted during the live broadcast of the 53rd Annual CMA Awards. Topping multiple charts for multiple weeks, “There Was Jesus” made the Pandora Top Spins chart for twelve consecutive weeks and was named one of Pandora’s top 100 songs across all genres. “There Was Jesus” was also WAY-FM’s top song of the year. The song also gave Williams his fifth GRAMMY nomination. The 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced on March 14, 2021, when we find out if it brings him his second career win.
“There Was Jesus” is featured on Rescue Story, which was nominated for a GMA Dove Award (Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year) and won in 2020 for Best Recorded Music Packaging. Williams was also named 2020’s GMA Dove Awards Songwriter of the Year (Artist).
During Christmas, Williams released his stellar version of “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” which was heard all throughout the holidays. Just announced this week, his “Rescue Story Tour” will plan to resume this fall. Further details will be announced on his tour page.
ABOUT ZACH WILLIAMS: As a husband, father, recording artist, and songwriter, GRAMMY® winner (Best Contemporary Christian Album, Chain Breaker, 2017), five-time GRAMMY nominee, and multi-GMA Dove Awards winner, Zach Williams continues to make history. Achieving multiple weeks at No. 1 with “There Was Jesus,” his duet with Dolly Parton, along with two consecutive radio No. 1 hits for 35 weeks as a debut artist (“Chain Breaker,” “Old Church Choir”), Williams’ music comes from a place of humility and honesty as his songs are a direct reflection of God’s redemption in his life.
“Chain Breaker,” his record-breaking and RIAA®-certified Platinum single from the album Chain Breaker (RIAA-certified Gold), has impacted millions of people around the world, earning Williams his first GRAMMY nomination in 2016 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, two Billboard Music Award nominations (Top Christian Song, Top Christian Album) and a 2018 American Music Award nomination for Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational. He also received another GRAMMY nod in 2018 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, Survivor: Live from Harding Prison, in 2019 for “Rescue Story” (Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song), and 2020 for “There Was Jesus” (Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song). “Old Church Choir” and “Fear Is a Liar” are both RIAA-certified Gold.
Williams, who performed “There Was Jesus” with Parton at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards, has won six GMA Dove Awards (Artist of the Year; New Artist of the Year; Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, “Chain Breaker;” Pop/Contemporary Song, “Old Church Choir;” Songwriter of the Year/Artist; Recorded Music Packaging, Rescue Story) and a K-LOVE Fan Award (“Chain Breaker,” Breakout Single). Williams was also named Billboard’s 2017 Top Christian Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year, as well as CCM Fan Awards’ Favorite New Artist Of The Year. Apple Music chose him as Artist of the Week (2016), while “Chain Breaker” was the top track of 2016 on iTunes’ Christian Songs chart. Williams has also been awarded by BMI with four Citation of Achievement awards for his singles “Chain Breaker,” “Old Church Choir,” and “Fear Is a Liar,” recognizing the songs for their national popularity and reach.
Kelly Meade is a lifelong music lover from upstate New York. She has served as a review writer, website & social media admin for Today's Christian Entertainment as well as guest host for our Kingdom Builder podcast since 2015. Kelly also enjoys spending time in nature surrounded by God's creation & crafting. One of her favorite verses is Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."