Pastor Marvin Sapp is an American Gospel music singer-songwriter who recorded with the group Commissioned during the 1990s before beginning a record-breaking solo career. Sapp is also the Founder and Senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He spent his teenage years singing with a number of Gospel groups and ensembles before being invited by Gospel singer Fred Hammond to sing with Commissioned in 1991 after Keith Staten left. Sapp appears on the group's albums "Number 7," "Matters of the Heart," and "Irreplaceable Love." Sapp left in 1996 and was replaced by Marcus R. Cole. In 1996, Sapp decided to establish himself as a contemporary gospel solo artist and has recorded seven albums.
Sapp first achieved crossover fame with the release of "Never Would Have Made It" from the album "Thirsty" in 2007. It peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #82 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and also at #1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. "Thirsty" debuted at #28 on the U.S. Billboard 200, #4 on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and also #1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Gospel Albums. It has been certified gold by the RIAA making it Sapp's best selling album of his solo career, and has so far sold over 712,000 copies. In 2009, Sapp won all seven Gospel Stellar Awards that he was nominated for.
Sapp recorded the follow-up to "Thirsty," "Here I Am," on October 16, 2009 at Resurrection Life Church in Wyoming, Michigan and released it on March 16, 2010. With its release, Sapp became the all-time highest charting gospel artist in Billboard's 54-year history of tracking album sales. By selling approximately 76,000 copies of "Here I Am" its first week, the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, making "Here I Am" the highest charting album ever by a gospel artist. "Here I Am's" lead single, "The Best in Me," peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, #1 on Billboard's Gospel Songs chart and reached #20 on Billboard's Urban AC chart.