Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Natasha Tameika "Tasha" Cobbs Leonard (born July 7, 1981) is an American gospel musician and songwriter. She released the extended play Grace in 2013 with EMI Gospel (now Motown Gospel). The EP reached No. 61 on the Billboard charts. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Cobbs won the Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. She has also won 3 Stellar Awards and 3 Dove Awards.[1]

Tasha Cobbs Leonard
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Background information
Birth nameNatasha Tameika Cobbs
Born (1981-07-07) 7 July 1981 (age 40)
Jesup, Georgia
GenresContemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2010–present
LabelsEMI Gospel, Motown Gospel
Websitetashacobbs.org

Personal lifeEdit

Natasha Tameika Cobbs[2] was born on July 7, 1981, in Jesup, Georgia,[3][4] to Bishop Fritz Cobbs (1954–2014) and Lady Bertha Cobbs.[5][6] She started leading worship at Jesup New Life Ministries, founded by her father.[1]

In 2016, Cobbs-Leonard revealed that she had been diagnosed with depression in 2007.[7]

On March 3, 2017, in a private ceremony attended by family and friends, she married Kenneth Leonard, a music producer and her longtime love.[8][9] In July 2021 she adopted a son.[10]

MinistryEdit

Starting in 2006, Cobbs-Leonard toured America with Pastor William H. Murphy III (of the dReam Center Church in Atlanta, Georgia) for three years.[9] Since then, she has been leading worship at the dReam Center and managing the Worship and Arts department.[1] In 2018, she appeared as herself in the film Sinners Wanted.[11]

In 2019, Cobbs and her husband, Kenneth, founded The Purpose Place Church in South Carolina,[12] where they serve as co-pastors.

Music careerEdit

She started her solo music career in 2010, with the independently self-released album Smile.[4] The album got the attention of EMI Gospel (now Motown Gospel), and they released her EP, Grace, on February 5, 2013. This was listed on two Billboard charts: the Billboard 200 at No. 61, and at No. 2 on the Top Gospel Albums chart.[13] The EP later reached No. 1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart.[13] The singles "Break Every Chain" and "For Your Glory" also reached No. 1 on the Hot Gospel Songs charts.[13] At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014, Tasha Cobbs took home Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, winning her first Grammy. Cobbs was awarded the Gospel Artist of the Year, at the 2015 GMA Dove Awards.[14]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

List of musical projects, with selected chart positions
Title Project details Peak chart positions[13] Sales
US
[15]
US
Gos

[16]
Smile
Grace
  • Released: February 5, 2013
  • Label: EMI Gospel/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • EP with 8 tracks and deluxe edition with 10 tracks
61 1
One Place: Live
  • Released: August 21, 2015
  • Label: EMI Gospel/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Standard edition with 12 tracks and deluxe edition with 16 tracks
28 1
Heart. Passion. Pursuit.
  • Released: August 25, 2017
  • Label: EMI Gospel/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Standard edition with 10 tracks and deluxe edition with 16 tracks
35
[19]
1
[20]
Heart. Passion. Pursuit.: Live at Passion City Church
  • Released: November 2, 2018
  • Label: EMI Gospel/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1
Smile (Live)
  • Released: November 22, 2019
  • Label: EMI Gospel/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Royalty (Live at the Ryman)
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: TeeLee/Capital/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Guest appearancesEdit

Song Year Artist Album
"Little Chicago Boy" 2016 Common Black America Again
"My World Needs You"
(featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann)
2016 Kirk Franklin Losing My Religion
"Jesus Is Willing" 2017 Kristene DiMarco Where His Light Was
"Rattle!" 2020 Brandon Lake House of Miracles

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart Positions Certifications Album
US
Gosp
[13]
US
Adult R&B

[21]
US
R&B/HH

[22]
2013 "Break Every Chain" 1 29[23] 54 Grace
"For Your Glory" 1
"O Come All Ye Faithful" 21 Motown Christmas
2015 "Overflow" 16 One Place
"Fill Me Up" 25
"Jesus Saves" 10
"Put a Praise on It"
(featuring Kierra Sheard)
2
2017 "Great God" 13 Heart. Passion. Pursuit.
"I'm Getting Ready"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
1
2018 "Your Spirit" non-album single
2019 "This Is a Move" 4 non-album single
"O Holy Night" non-album single
2020 "In Spite Of Me"
(featuring Ciara)
7 Royalty (Live at the Ryman)

Awards and nominationsEdit

American Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2021 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Favorite Artist – Gospel Nominated

BET AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Best Gospel Artist Nominated
2017 "My World Needs You"
(Kirk Franklin featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs & Tamela Mann)
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Nominated
2018 "I'm Getting Ready"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Nominated

Billboard Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Tasha Cobbs Top Gospel Artist Nominated
One Place Live Top Gospel Album Nominated
2017 "Put a Praise On It"
(featuring Kierra Sheard)
Top Gospel Song Nominated
One Place Live Top Gospel Album Nominated
2018 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Top Gospel Artist Won
Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Top Gospel Album Won
2019 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Top Gospel Artist Won
2020 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Top Gospel Artist Nominated
2021 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Top Gospel Artist Nominated

GMA Dove AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 "Break Every Chain" Song of the Year Nominated
Tasha Cobbs New Artist of the Year Nominated
"Break Every Chain" Gospel Performance of the Year Won
"Break Every Chain" Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song of the Year Won
Grace Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year Won
2015 Tasha Cobbs Gospel Artist of the Year Won
2016 Tasha Cobbs Gospel Artist of the Year Nominated
"Fill Me Up" Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year Nominated
One Place Live Urban Worship Album of the Year Nominated
"Put a Praise On It" Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year Nominated
2017 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Gospel Artist of the Year Nominated
2018 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Gospel Artist of the Year Won
Artist of the Year Nominated
"The Name Of Our God" Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year Nominated
Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Urban Worship Album of the Year Nominated
2019 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Gospel Artist of the Year Nominated
"This Is A Move (Live)" Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year Won
Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live) Gospel Worship Album of the Year Won
Settle Here
(credited as producer)
Nominated
2020 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Gospel Artist of the Year Won
Tasha Cobbs Leonard Artist of the Year Nominated
"Something Has To Break (Live)"
(Kierra Sheard featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year Won
2021 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Gospel Artist of the Year Nominated

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "Break Every Chain (Live)" Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance Won
Grace Best Gospel Album Nominated
2016 One Place Live Best Gospel Album Nominated
2020 "This Is a Move (Live)" Best Gospel Performance/Song Nominated

NAACP Image AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Outstanding Gospel Album – Traditional or Contemporary Nominated
2019 Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Live at Passion City Church Outstanding Gospel Album – Traditional or Contemporary Nominated

Soul Train Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 "Break Every Chain" Best Gospel/Inspirational Song Nominated
2019 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Nominated
2021 Tasha Cobbs Leonard Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Pending

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b c "About Tasha Cobbs". TashaCobbs.com. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  2. ^ ASCAP. "COBBS NATASHA TAMEIKA Work ID #885043268 and IPI #440123901". ASCAP. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Christine Thomasos, Tasha Cobbs Honored With Key to Her Hometown, christianpost.com, USA, February 21, 2017
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Tasha Cobbs Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Miami time, A night of gospel with Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, miamitimesonline.com, USA, October 23, 2019
  6. ^ Law, Jeannie (January 20, 2014). "Gospel Singer Tasha Cobbs' Father Died Just Days After Winning Stellar Award for 'New Artist of The Year'". Breathcast. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "Gospel Singer Tasha Cobbs Opens Up About Living with Depression". Essence. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Christine Thomasos, Tasha Cobbs Leonard Producing Pastor William Murphy's Next Album, christianpost.com, USA, February 24, 2018
  9. ^ a b "Tasha Cobbs Leonard | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  10. ^ https://gospelmusic.org/tasha-cobbs-leonard-and-husband-kenneth-announce-adoption-of-baby-boy-social-post/
  11. ^ Anita Bennett, TV One Movie ‘Sinners Wanted’ Looks at Drama and Forgiveness in the Church, urbanhollywood411.com, USA, March 30, 2020
  12. ^ "Our Pastors". The Purpose Place. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d e AllMusic. "Tasha Cobbs Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  14. ^ Iol,Tasha Cobbs Leonard 'excited' to be performing in SA, iol.co.za, South Africa, January 21, 2020
  15. ^ "Tasha Cobbs - Chart History - Billboard 200". www.billboard.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Tasha Cobbs - Chart history - Billboard Gospel Albums". www.billboard.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015.
  18. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on September 28, 2016.
  19. ^ "Top 200 Albums - Billboard 200 chart". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Gospel Albums Chart". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "Tasha Cobbs - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  22. ^ "Chart Search - Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  23. ^ "Chart Search - Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  24. ^ "Tasha Cobbs Leonard - RIAA". www.billboard.com. Retrieved June 25, 2019.