Gospel singer Marvin Sapp has made history with his new album “Here I Am,” which debuted at second on the Billboard magazine chart of the 200 top-selling albums, the highest-ever debut for a gospel album in the chart’s 54 year history.

Released on March 16, the album sold 76,000 copies in its first week to capture the second spot behind Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”.

Sapp has been on the music scene for decades, recording three albums with the group Commissioned, followed by seven solo albums. But Sapp soared to fame with his 2007 mega-hit “Never Would Have Made it Without You” from his album “Thirsty.” The song held the top spot on Billboard’s Gospel chart for 46 weeks, making it the longest running song of any genre on a Billboard chart.

“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” Sapp told BlackAmericaWeb.com of his recording process for the follow-up album “Here I Am.” “I have the same musicians, the same singers and even recorded at the same venue.”

The first single released on Sapp’s current album, “The Best in Me,” was recorded at his Resurrection Life Church in Wyoming, Mich., and has already reached the top of the Gospel chart and peaked at No. 14 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. As a whole, sales of “Here I Am” are on track to exceed “Thirsty.”

“I understand this is a season,” Sapp told Jet magazine. “You can’t get caught up in your season. Five years from now, many people may not even know my name. So many people reach a plateau and think they are supposed to stay there. I’m just enjoying this season while it’s here, and maybe I will be able to extend it for a while. But even if I don’t extend it, I’ve had a great time.”