Koryn Hawthorne first grabbed national attention as a contestant on Season 8 of NBC's The Voice. She didn't win then (finishing in 4th place), but she certainly made an impression. Fast forward three short years later and Ms. Hawthorne is winning another race, making history this week as her inspirational hit "Won't He Do It" gives her the longest reign on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart by a woman – a record previously held by Tamela Mann for "Take Me to the King."
With 26 weeks (and counting) at No. 1, the song first made an appearance last summer as lead single for her 4-track eponymous EP. Soon after, the song began to pick up steam as a featured song the on Season 2 Soundtrack of OWN's Greenleaf. Earlier this summer, this same song paved the way for her debut album Unstoppable to premiere at No. 1. It's not hard to see why the song has been so well-received. For starters, "Won't He Do It" is a phrase that's quite popular amongst the saints as a way to give a testimony/express thanksgiving – whether it's an unexpected financial blessing, a miraculous healing or even comeuppance for that co-worker that always tries to steal your shine. And thanks to the internet, the phrase has gone viral with oft-comical memes and gifs to suit just about any situation.
Secondly, issa bop. With hints of R&B, trap, hip-hop and jazz, it's impossible not to bounce along with the infectious blend of piano chords, synth effects and programmed drums. But make no mistake, the true reason that listeners all over the world have connected with the song is Koryn's flawless delivery of the powerful lyrics. Anyone can sing a song about Jesus, but the ability to convey conviction makes a much more powerful testimony. When she sings lines like "I'm about to lose it again / I'm about to let them know where I'm from / Don't take me there again," we can practically see her taking her earrings off and searching for some Vaseline. Similarly, when she convincingly reassures, "So, ain't no need for stressing and crying / 'Cause He gon' show up just like He did the last time / And the last time / And the last time / I know, I know, I know," it's a beautiful reminder that through it all, God is always there.
Scroll down to watch the colorful and energetic video for "Won't He Do It," and try to keep up with Koryn and company doing numerous trendy dance with an inspirational flair. Be sure tonsupport Koryn Hawthorne by downloading Unstoppable through your favorite retailers. The young artist is up for two Dove Awards next month and will also be performing during the ceremony on October 16th. While we await the results, you can catch her live as she's currently touring with Jonathan McReynolds on his Make Room Tour (which is almost sold out, by the way). Visit her website, or follow her Twitter and Instagram feeds for details and updates.