Cross Movement Records (CMR) artist The Ambassador made an impressive debut on the Billboard Gospel Chart with his sophomore release, The Thesis. The Thesis ranked at the #5 position on the chart, outselling other first week releases from female Gospel quartet Rizen (#6), Jazz legend Jonathan Butler (#10), and Gospel recording artist Eric Carrington (#33). The Thesis also entered the Heat Seekers Chart at the #27 position, #7 on the SoundScan Top Christian Album Chart, #8 on the SoundScan Top Overall Rock/Alternative/Rap Chart and #23 on the SoundScan Top Current Contemporary Christian Chart.
The Thesis, which released on May 17th, is expected to surpass current sales figures from The Ambassadors solo debut, Christology: In Laymens Terms, which has sold almost 35, 000 units, by the end of 2005.
William Duce Branch, aka The Ambassador is co-founder and spokesperson for The Cross Movement and President of the non-profit organization Cross Movement Ministries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible from Lancaster Bible College and a Masters degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. His masters thesis, Theological Implications of Hip Hop Culture served as both the inspiration for his album and a prelude to a book to be published in late 2005.
For more information, please visit www.whyhiphop.com and www.crossmovementrecords.com.