Terence “Buttons” Burton, Darryl “Deaken” Brownlee and Todd Burton of Akron, Ohio Urban contemporary gospel group Half Mile Home earn their third consecutive Billboard Top 20 hit single with “This Far” jumping 6 spots landing at No. 19 this week on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. The song is also the Most Increased Song at Gospel radio with +114 spins and was the FlatOut Hit Song of the week on the nationally syndicated The Willie Moore, Jr. Show last week.
Released on September 29 all digital outlets including iTunes, AppleMusic and AmazonMusic“This Far” was inspired by the experience of group member Todd Burton after one of his sons Treyvon Burton survived being shot in the head last year in Goodyear Heights. This past October, Burton and his wife were in Chicago celebrating his 43rd birthday when a family friend called and said someone had found the body of Burton’s other son, his 21-year-old, Deandre “Dre” Andrus was shot to death just a few blocks away from where his other son was shot and survived. According to an earlier interview Half Mile Home plans to use national platform to spread a two-pronged message: Accept that God is in control, but that God also gives people choices and decisions they make can either lengthen or shorten their lives.
Additionally, Half Mile Home’s previous radio single, “Thinking of Me,” which reached the Top 15 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay Chart earlier year received an honor on Billboard’s 2017 Year-End Top 50 Gospel chart ranking No.49 for Gospel Airplay Songs