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Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Birth nameNatasha Tameika Cobbs
Also known asTasha Cobbs-Leonard, Pastor Tasha C. Leonard
Born (1981-07-07) July 7, 1981 (age 43)
Jesup, Georgia, U.S.
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresCCM, urban contemporary gospel
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2006–present
LabelsEMI Gospel, Motown Gospel, TeeLee Records (Tasha's record label)
Spouse(s)Kenneth Leonard
Websitetashacobbsleonard.com

Natasha Tameika Cobbs Leonard (born July 7, 1981) is an American gospel musician and songwriter. She released the extended play Grace in 2013 with the hit lead single "Break Every Chain". 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 15 Stellar Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, and 9 Dove Awards.[1]

Her biggest hit song was "Break Every Chain".[2]

Early life[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

In 2016, Cobbs Leonard revealed that she had been diagnosed with depression in 2007.[8]

On March 3, 2017, in a private ceremony attended by family and friends, she married Kenneth Leonard, a music producer and her longtime love.[9][10] In July 2021, she adopted a son, Asher.[11]

Ministry[edit]

Starting in 2006, Cobbs Leonard toured America with Pastor William H. Murphy III (of the dReam Center Church in Atlanta, Georgia) for three years.[10] 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.[12]

In 2019, Cobbs and her husband, Kenneth, founded The Purpose Place Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina,[13] where they serve as pastors.

Music career[edit]

She started her solo music career in 2010 with the independently self-released album Smile.[5] 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.[14] The EP later reached No. 1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart.[14] The singles "Break Every Chain" and "For Your Glory" also reached No. 1 on the Hot Gospel Songs charts.[14] At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014, Tasha Cobbs took home Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, winning her first Grammy. Cobbs also won Gospel Performance of the Year, Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song (and Album) Of The Year at the 44th GMA Dove Awards. In 2015, Cobbs was awarded the Gospel Artist of the Year, at the 46th GMA Dove Awards.[15]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Project details Peak chart positions[14] Certifications Sales
US
[16]
US
Gospel

[17]
UK
Christ.
& Gospel

[18]
Smile
  • Released: July 7, 2010
  • Label: Tasha Cobbs
  • Formats: CD, digital download
23
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
Heart. Passion. Pursuit. 35 1 19
Hymns
  • Released: October 7, 2022
  • Label: TeeLee/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums, with selected chart positions
Title Project details Peak chart positions[14] Sales
US
[16]
US
Gospel

[17]
UK
Christ.
& Gospel

[18]
One Place: Live 28 1
Heart. Passion. Pursuit.: Live at Passion City Church 1
Smile (Reissued Live)
  • Released: November 22, 2019
  • Label: Capitol Christian Music Group/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Royalty (Live at the Ryman)
  • Released: September 25, 2020
  • Label: TeeLee/Capitol Christian Music Group/Motown Gospel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Project details Peak chart positions[14] Sales
US
[16]
US
Gospel

[17]
UK
Christ.
& Gospel

[18]
10 Years of Tasha
  • Released: June 2, 2023
  • Label: Motown Gospel
  • Formats: Digital download
10 9
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Singles[edit]

As a lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart Positions Certifications Album
US
Bubb. Under Hot 100

[22]
US
Gospel

[23]
US
Christ.

[24]
US
Adult R&B

[25]
"Break Every Chain" 2012 1 29 Grace
"For Your Glory" 1
"O Come All Ye Faithful" 21 Motown Christmas
"Overflow" 2015 16 One Place
"Fill Me Up" 25
"Jesus Saves" 10
"Put a Praise on It"
(featuring Kierra Sheard)
2
"Great God" 2017 13 Heart. Passion. Pursuit.
"I'm Getting Ready"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
1
"Your Spirit" 2018 Non-album single
"This Is a Move" 2019 4 Non-album single
"O Holy Night" Non-album single
"In Spite Of Me"
(featuring Ciara)
2020 7 Royalty (Live at the Ryman)
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" 2021 Non-album single
"Gotta Believe" 13 Non-album single
"The Moment" 2022 11 Hymns (Live)

As a featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart Positions Album
US
Bubb. Under Hot 100

[22]
US
Gospel

[23]
US
Christ.

[24]
US
Adult R&B

[25]
"My World Needs You"
(Kirk Franklin featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann)
2015 4 Losing My Religion
"Gracefully Broken"
(Matt Redman featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
2017 18 Glory Song
"Together (We'll Get Through This)"
(Steven Curtis Chapman featuring Brad Paisley, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Lauren Alaina)
2020 36
"Something Has To Break"
(Kierra Sheard featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
2022 5 Kierra
"What He's Done"
(Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Anna Golden)
12 34 Burn Bright
"Your Power"
(Lecrae featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
2023 8 27
"More Than Able"
(Maverick City Music, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
8 23
"In the Room"
(Maverick City Music, Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
2 11
"You Carried Me"
(Jekalyn Carr featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Blanca)
2024 25 JEKALYN

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart Positions Album
US
Bubb. Under Hot 100

[22]
US
Gospel

[23]
US
Christ.

[24]
US
Adult R&B

[25]
"We Give You Glory"
(James Fortune & FIYA featuring Tasha Cobbs)
2014 18 Live Through It
"Here As in Heaven"
(Elevation Collective featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
2018 22 Evidence
"Blessings"
(Nicki Minaj featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
2023 22 1 Pink Friday 2
"Burdens Down" 2024 25 Hymns (Live)

Guest appearances[edit]

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
"Blessings" 2023 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 2

Awards and nominations[edit]

American Music Awards[edit]

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

ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017[26] "Put a Praise on it" Award Winning Gospel Songs Won
2019[27] "I'm Getting Ready" Won
2020[28] "You Know My Name" Won
2022[29] "In Spite of Me" Won
"Jehovah Jireh" Won

BET Awards[edit]

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 Awards[edit]

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 Awards[edit]

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 Awards[edit]

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 Awards[edit]

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 Awards[edit]

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 Nominated

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tasha Cobbs – Break Every Chain (Mp3 Download & Lyrics) | Gospel Music Base". September 24, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2023.
  3. ^ ASCAP. "COBBS NATASHA TAMEIKA Work ID #885043268 and IPI #440123901". ASCAP. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Christine Thomasos, Tasha Cobbs Honored With Key to Her Hometown, christianpost.com, USA, February 21, 2017
  5. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Tasha Cobbs Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Miami time, A night of gospel with Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, miamitimesonline.com, USA, October 23, 2019
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Gospel Singer Tasha Cobbs Opens Up About Living with Depression". Essence. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  9. ^ Christine Thomasos, Tasha Cobbs Leonard Producing Pastor William Murphy's Next Album, christianpost.com, USA, February 24, 2018
  10. ^ a b "Tasha Cobbs Leonard | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Husband Kenneth Announce Adoption of Baby Boy (Social Post)". July 2021.
  12. ^ Anita Bennett, TV One Movie 'Sinners Wanted' Looks at Drama and Forgiveness in the Church, urbanhollywood411.com, USA, March 30, 2020
  13. ^ "Our Pastors". The Purpose Place. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
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  15. ^ Iol,Tasha Cobbs Leonard 'excited' to be performing in SA, iol.co.za, South Africa, January 21, 2020
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  17. ^ a b c "Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Chart History – Top Gospel Albums". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  18. ^ a b c "TASHA COBBS LEONARD songs and albums | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
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  21. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on September 28, 2016.
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  24. ^ a b c "Tasha Cobbs – Chart History – Hot Christian Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  25. ^ a b c "Tasha Cobbs – Chart History – Adult R&B Airplay". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  26. ^ "2017 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards: Complete List of Winners". ASCAP. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  27. ^ "2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards: Complete List of Winners". ASCAP. June 20, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  28. ^ "2020 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards: Complete List of Winners". ASCAP. June 15, 2020. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  29. ^ "2022 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards: Complete List of Winners". ASCAP. June 21, 2022. Retrieved June 27, 2022.