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The Preacher's Wife (soundtrack)
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The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack Album is the soundtrack to the 1996 film of the same name and features songs performed by Whitney Houston, who also stars in the film. It is the best-selling gospel album of all time, and has sold an estimated 8 million copies worldwide.[1]

The lead single, "I Believe in You and Me" (a cover of The Four Tops classic), became a top five hit in the U.S.[2] and was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards, as well as for Best R&B Album.[3]

"Step by Step" was another hit single, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "My Heart Is Calling" became the soundtrack's final release.

"Lay Aside Every Weight", covered and performed by Georgia Mass Choir and Whitney Houston, appears in the film but not on the motion picture soundtrack for unknown reasons.

ReceptionEdit

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Released on November 26, 1996, The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on the issue dated December 14, 1996, selling 90,500 units in the first week.[4] On its second week, the album jumped to number four on the chart with the Greatest Gainer mark, and the following week reached number three, which was the album's peak position.[5][6] The album also debuted at number eight on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart, and in three weeks later, peaked at the number one and remained there for two weeks, becoming her fourth number one album on the chart.[7][8] It stayed for a total of 38 weeks, 49 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and the Top R&B Albums chart respectively.[7][9]

In addition, The Preacher's Wife Soundtrack was more successful on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart than on any other chart. The album debuted straight at number one on the chart and spent 26 consecutive weeks at the top from December 14, 1996 to June 7, 1997. It remained on the chart for 117 weeks.[10][11] Eventually the album became number one gospel album on the 1997 Billboard Top Gospel Albums year-end chart and also "Best-selling gospel recording" by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) in 1996-1997.[12][13] It was certified 3× Platinum for shipping 3 million copies in the United States alone by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 30, 1998.[14] According to the Nielsen SoundScan, as of 2012, the gospel album has sold 2,627,000 copies in the United States alone. It has sold over 8 million copies Worldwide to date.[1]

Music critics saw a more emotionally engaged side of Houston, particularly with the soundtrack’s gospel offerings. “For the first time in her 12-year recording career, Houston sounds genuinely moved by her material. Early on she stumbles through the Annie Lennox-penned "Step By Step," but the presence of the Georgia Mass Choir on six subsequent tracks melts her frosty reserve,” People magazine wrote.[15]

Track listingEdit

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Charts and certificationsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

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Charts (1996–97) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[16] 34
Belgian Albums Chart (Wa)[17] 45
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US Top Gospel Albums (Billboard)[11] 1
Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 80
US Top Pop Catalog Albums (Billboard) 9

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Position
Swedish Albums Chart[18] 78

CertificationsEdit

Region Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Sales/shipments
Canada CRIA Platinum[19] 100,000+
Europe IFPI Platinum[20] 1,000,000+
Italy FIMI Gold[21] 50,000+
Japan RIAJ Platinum 250,000
Spain AFYVE Gold[22] 50,000
Sweden IFPI Gold[23] 50,000
Switzerland IFPI Gold[24] 25,000
United Kingdom BPI Silver[25] 60,000
United States RIAA 3× Platinum[26] 3,112,000[27]/
3,000,000
Worldwide 8,000,000[1][28]

AccoladesEdit

Academy AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1997 || Hans Zimmer for The Preacher's Wife || Best Original Musical or Comedy Score[29] || Template:Nom |- Template:End

American Music AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1998 || The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album || |Favorite Soundtrack[30] || Template:Nom |- Template:End

Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1997 || The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album || Favorite Female, R&B[31] || Template:Won |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1998 || The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album || Favorite Soundtrack[32] || Template:Nom |- Template:End

Essence AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1997 || Whitney Houston (herself) || The Triumphant Spirit Award[33][34] || Template:Won |- Template:End

GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1997 || Special Award || Outstanding Mainstream Contribution to Gospel Music[35] || Template:Won |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1998 || "I Go to the Rock" || Traditional Gospel Song of the Year (with Dottie Rambo)[36][37] || Template:Won |- Template:End

Grammy AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;" rowspan="2"|1998 || The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album || |Best R&B Album[38] || Template:Nom |- | "I Believe in You and Me" || Best Female R&B Vocal Performance[38] || Template:Nom |- Template:End

NAACP Image AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;" rowspan="2"|1997 || rowspan="2"|The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album || |Outstanding Gospel Artist (with Georgia Mass Choir)[39][40][41] || Template:Won |- |Outstanding Album[39][40][41] || Template:Won |- Template:End

The NARM Best Seller AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1997 || The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album || Best-selling Gospel Recording[13] || Template:Won |- Template:End

People's Choice AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1998 || Whitney Houston (herself) || |Favorite Female Musical Performer (tied with Reba McEntire)[42][43] || Template:Won |- Template:End

Soul Train Music AwardsEdit

Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1998 || Special Award || The 1998 Quincy Jones Award — for Outstanding Career Achievements in the field of entertainment[44][45] || Template:Won |- Template:End

Trumpet AwardsEdit

Trumpet Awards, the awards are intended to honor blacks who, through consistency and longevity, have inspired others and have achieved success in their chosen professions or careers.[46] Template:Awards table |- | style="width:35px; text-align:center;"|1998 || Whitney Houston (herself) || The Pinnacle Award[46][47] || Template:Won |- Template:End

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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