Six-time GRAMMY nominated artist, singer / songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and entrepreneur Tauren Wells revealed that his powerful single “Hills & Valleys” has been certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. The two-time GRAMMY nominated “Hills and Valleys” has racked up a total of 147 million audio & video streams and a combined total of over 54 million views on YouTube. You can check out a special acoustic rendition of “Hills and Valleys” below.
During a virtual town hall meeting with Provident Music Group’s staff, President/CEO Terry Hemmings surprised Tauren with a plaque signifying that his emotional hit single “Hills & Valleys” has reached platinum status.
“Well, I wasn’t expecting this,” Wells shared in an Instagram post. “Somehow these songs find their way into your lives and I can’t tell you how amazing, humbling, and special that is to me. It’s truly amazing that this song broke through and entered the lives of so many people. I know that ‘Hills and Valleys’ has changed my life on many levels. Thank you all so much for supporting this song.”
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Well, I wasn’t expecting this on a Tuesday morning!! My team let me know that ‘Hills and Valleys’ is officially RIAA CERTIFIED PLATINUM — One Million Sold!! _ WHAT!!??? When @chucknkd Chuck Butler, @smith_jon Jonathan Smith and I wrote this, Chuck said that he felt like it could be ‘bigger than a hit.’ Meaning the radio charting wouldn’t be the biggest indicator for how much impact this song could have on people’s lives. It did just that. This song barely broke the top 10 at radio but it broke through all the noise in the world and into the lives of millions of people. Truly amazing!! _ Somehow these songs find their way into your lives and I can’t tell you how amazing, humbling, and special that is to me. _ Thank you to my aforementioned co-writers, @jsappmusic Jordan Sapp, who mixed it, Vlado Meller who mastered it, Brent Milligan, who produced the ‘valleys version’, and Jason McArthur who executive produced it but more than that, BELIEVED IN THIS SONG and in me. I’m also super grateful for Mitchell Solarek @mitchellsolarek and my management team for being a champion for me, my family, my ministry, and my music. A huge thanks to the Provident Radio @providentradio team who worked their tails off to get programmers to take a chance (thanks to those that did!!!), the digital team that worked diligently to get exposure, and of course @tahemmings and @providentlabelgroup as a whole…I feel like I got drafted onto the dream team. I have to shout out @_strawder and my band for helping me carry this song all over the world live. LAST BUT NOT LEAST!! THANKS TO MY WIFE @lornabrittany who encouraged me endlessly, specifically about this song. The first time she heard it she said that it was a song the world needed to hear. Well babe, I guess for the most part, the world has. _ When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own… _ God has shown me amazing kindness. Thank you, Jesus. #hillsandvalleys
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SOURCE: The Christian Beat, Herb Longs