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Sunday Edition Honored with 2 SGM FanFair Award Nominations

Written by Scoops Staff on March 5, 2010 – 12:55 pm -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Sunday Edition, one of Nashville’s favorite groups, was greeted with news this week that they have been nominated for two SGM FanFair Awards.  The nominees for this year’s SGM FanFair Awards were announced this week in a special press release announcement.

Sunday Edition received a nomination for Favorite New Excelling Artist – an award that honors artists who are either new or excelling to new heights in their ministries.  In addition, group member Chris Unthank received a nomination for Favorite Young Excelling Individual. That award honors young individuals who are making strides in their career.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be nominated in these two categories,” mentioned Deon Unthank of Sunday Edition. “We are honored that our family, friends, and fans would think enough of us to place a vote for us in these two categories! Thank you to everyone who voted for us!”

Chris Unthank said, “I am absolutely astonished to be mentioned in this category. We never go out and sing for any kind of acknowledgement or recognition. We do it because it’s what we’re called to do, and we have a real love for this music. We want to thank everyone who voted for us, as well as thank those who will continue to vote for us. These are votes of confidence in our ministry. We appreciate them more than you can imagine.”

The nominees in the SGM FanFair Awards were chosen by the readers of Christian Voice Magazine and attendees of the SGM FanFair.  The winners for the awards will be announced on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the 6th Annual SGM FanFair.

Sunday Edition will also be performing at SGM FanFair this year on Thursday night, May 6, 2010.  For more information on how to vote, visit http://www.sgmfanfair.com .

Sunday Edition is releasing their sophomore single with BSA World Records this month.  The new single – titled “Mercy Walks a Road” – was written by Glen Bates and Glen Ashworth and was produced by Bates. The song is being pushed to radio through DJ Man Promotions, TS Promotions, and the Rick Hendrix Company.

Fans can hear the new single by logging on to Sunday Edition’s website at http://www.sundayedition.net .

The group’s much-anticipated hymns and worship release – Sunday Worship – is currently being edited and mixed with a release date scheduled for this Spring.  Sunday Worship features an equal share of modern and classic worship tunes like “Blessed Assurance,” “Precious Lord,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Indescribable,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” and “Friend of God,” in addition to many more songs.

For more information on Sunday Edition, visit http://www.sundayedition.net .


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Christian Voice Magazine Announces 2010 SGM Fan Awards Top Five Finalists

Written by Scoops Staff on March 4, 2010 – 1:45 pm -

Perrys, Singing Echoes, Hoppers and Booth Brothers score the most nominations

(Kennedy, AL) – The 2010 SGM Fan Awards will be held once again in Pigeon Forge, TN, during the week of Southern Gospel Music FanFair in May.

Christian Voice Magazine – sponsor of the 6th Annual SGM Fan Awards – received open nominations during the month of January. Today, the top five finalists in 21 categories were announced, as voted by Southern Gospel music fans.

The Perrys lead the way with six nominations, including Favorite Mixed Quartet, Favorite Song (If You Knew Him), and Favorite Album (“Almost Morning”). Libbi Perry Stuffle garnered nominations for both Favorite Female Vocalist and Favorite Alto, while Tracy Stuffle tops the Favorite Bass category.

The Singing Echoes, The Hoppers and The Booth Brothers tied with five nominations each, followed by Gold City, The Nelons and The Talley Trio, who tied with top nominations in four categories.

Brothers Redeemed and Sunday Edition top the list for New Excelling Artist while Paul Heil and Chris Freeman are highly favored for the Living Legend Award.

Other top nominees include Guy Penrod (Favorite Soloist), Janet Paschal (Favorite Female Vocalist) and Triumphant (Favorite Male Quartet).

To view the complete list and access the ballot for the 2010 SGM Fan Awards top five finalists, check out the March issue of Christian Voice Magazine or visit www.sgmfanfair.com.


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The Freemans Nominated for 3 SGM FanFair Awards

Written by Scoops Staff on March 4, 2010 – 1:43 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Southern Gospel favorites The Freemans were recently greeted with news that they have been nominated for three SGM FanFair Awards.  The SGM FanFair Awards nominees were announced this week in a press release announcement.

The Freemans collectively received a nomination for Favorite Song of the Year (for their #1 hit “Three Rugged Crosses”).  Meanwhile, group matriarch Chris Freeman landed two individual nominations – Favorite Alto and Naomi Sego Living Legend Award.

“We are absolutely honored to be nominated for these awards,” mentioned Chris Freeman.  “We’ve been on the road a long time, and it’s such a blessing to know that we have such great friends who continue to support this ministry! Thanks to all who placed a voted for us!”

The nominees in the SGM FanFair Awards were chosen by the readers of Christian Voice Magazine and attendees of the SGM FanFair.  The winners for the awards will be announced on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the 6th Annual SGM FanFair.

For more information on how to vote, visit http://www.sgmfanfair.com .

These nominations come on the heels of the group’s nominations in the upcoming 2010 SGN Music Awards.  The group earned their third consecutive nomination for Country Song of the Year (also for “Three Rugged Crosses”) in addition to landing first time nominations in Special Event Project of the Year (for Christmas Memories), and Best Live Performer.  Darrell Freeman also earned his third consecutive nomination for Producer of the Year (Artist).

The Freemans have been in the studio working on the follow-up to the award-winning Eyes On the Prize album.  More information will be released on that at a later date.

To visit the newly designed website of The Freemans, visit http://www.the-freemans.com.

You can also visit the group’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/thefreemans07. The group’s Fan Facebook is located at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=55933096539.


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Sharron Kay King Lands SGM FanFair Award Nomination

Written by Scoops Staff on March 4, 2010 – 1:42 pm -

BYRON, Ga. – The SGM FanFair Awards nominations were announced yesterday in a press release announcement, and popular Southern Gospel soloist Sharron Kay King earned a nominated for Favorite Soloist.

The SGM FanFair Awards are awarded by the readers of Christian Voice Magazine and fans of the SGM FanFair.  The category of Favorite Soloist honors the most popular soloists in the Southern Gospel industry.

“God continues to amaze me,” mentioned Sharron.  “This is an unexpected blessing, and I am so thankful to everyone who placed a vote for me in this category. It means so much to me!”

In addition to Sharron, the Favorite Soloist category includes Gordon Mote, Guy Penrod, Charlotte Ritchie, and Ivan Parker.  This is Sharron’s third consecutive nomination in this category, and she previously won this award in 2008.  Sharron was also awarded Favorite Female Vocalist in the 2007 SGM FanFair Awards.

The nominees in the SGM FanFair Awards were chosen by the readers of Christian Voice Magazine and attendees of the SGM FanFair.  The winners for the awards will be announced on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the 6th Annual SGM FanFair.

For more information on how to vote, visit http://www.sgmfanfair.com .

More information as well as booking information on Sharron Kay King can be found at http://sharronkayking.com.

Fans are encouraged to visit Sharron’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/sharronkayking.


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The Nelons Honored with Christian Music Hall of Fame Visionary Awards Nomination

Written by Scoops Staff on March 4, 2010 – 1:41 pm -

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. – Legendary Gospel music group The Nelons were recently honored with a nomination in the upcoming Christian Music Hall of Fame Visionary Awards. The trio received a nominated for Southern Gospel Group of the Year.  Other artists nominated for the award include the Booth Brothers, Gaither Vocal Band, Brothers Forever, and Legacy Five.

Kelly Nelon Clark of The Nelons said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be included in this category. We have so much respect for all of the other nominees.  We have to say ‘Thank You’ to the Christian Music Hall of Fame for honoring us with this nomination.”

The nominees for the Visionary Awards were announced on Monday, February 15, 2010. The winners will be announced live during the annual award show to be held on November 6, 2010.

This is the second Visionary Awards show and the third show inducting artists into the Hall of Fame.  The hosts for the 2010 Visionary Awards were announced last week and will be hosted by award winning artists David Meece and Babbie Mason. The show will be live in the Dallas, Texas area and the location will be announced in the next few weeks.

Fans are urged to go to the charity web site at www.hallmuseum.com and vote for their favorites in each category.

The Nelons released their highly anticipated recording – Beside Still Waters – last month.  The new release is being touted by many industry insiders as a career highlight for the group.  This is the group’s sophomore outing for Vine Records.

The first single from the album, “He Found Me,” has been making a stir at Southern Gospel radio – including peaking at #2 on the SoGospelNews.com Top 40 Weekly Chart, as well as breaking the Top 10 on the Christian Voice Magazine Top 100 Southern Gospel Chart (#8) and SouthernGospelTimes.com Top 40 Fan Chart.

“He Found Me” was written by Dove Award-winning songwriters Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey and group member Jason Clark and is being promoted to Southern Gospel radio by Jim Stover and Crossroads Music.

The Nelons are booked exclusively through the Dominion Agency.  To find out how you can have The Nelons in your church or at your event – visit the Dominion Agency’s website at http://www.dominionagency.com or call (910) 484-6996.

For more information on The Nelons, visit their website at http://www.thenelons.com .


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Southern gospel, bluegrass and country legends honored in the Carolinas

Written by Scoops Staff on February 26, 2010 – 1:12 pm -

From left are Ed and Genny Wallace, Johnny Carson, Phyllis A. Cole, “Doc” Tommy Scott and Randall Franks. (Photo by Carol Edwards)

The Carolinas Country-Bluegrass-Gospel Hall of Fame recently held its third annual awards celebration adding several Georgians to their honorees.

Among the Legend Award winners are entertainer/actor Randall Franks, entertainer “Doc” Tommy Scott, and Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Ed Wallace.

Franks of Ringgold, Ga. is best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from “In the Heat of the Night.”

“I am honored to be among my fellow Georgians who were recognized for their contributions to the musical experience in North and South Carolina. I have enjoyed some of my greatest performance opportunities there from appearing with my band the Peachtree Pickers as a youth at Myrtle Beach for Norman Adams, to appearing with Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, and others around the two states. My Randall Franks Show held its biggest performance in the Carolinas for a crowd of 30,000, so I have many fond memories of the great folks in the Carolinas who have supported me.”

Scott, 92, of Toccoa, Ga. was a 1940s Grand Ole Opry ® star and a western film star who hosted two nationwide TV shows in the 1940s and 50s and made over 29,000 public appearances.

“I was honored to be included among this talented group of award recipients,” Scott said. “From my early days on radio on WPTF, WRAL, and later for the Man O Ree and Vim Herb Medicine companies, the folks in the Carolinas have always been part of my life and music. North Carolina and South Carolina are among the top states where my own medicine show made repeat appearances throughout my career.”

Wallace of the Sunshine Boys and the Light Crust Doughboys starred in films, on radio and records and in venues around the world.

“This award means a great deal to me since it took me back to my roots when I started with the Sunshine Boys at WSB radio in Atlanta, Ga. in 1942,” Wallace said. “It was the background of everything I have done in the music field since it led from radio to record

contracts, movies, television and personal appearances all over the United States and foreign countries.

“This award puts the icing on the cake and I appreciate the Carolinas Country-Bluegrass-Gospel Hall of Fame for this honor.”

Also honored from Georgia were Georgia Music Hall of Fame member Johnny Carson and Phyllis A. Cole of Atlanta, Ga. receiving both the Pioneer and Icon awards for their work in perpetuating the music. Jerry and Helen Burke of Woodstock, Ga. received the Pioneer, Community Service and Icon awards while singer/guitarist Rick Smith and Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame staff member Carol Edwards were honored with Legend Awards.

“These Georgians have had a tremendous impact on the Carolinas,” said Burlan Dean Marsh, president. “Through live and radio performances, promoting events featuring South Carolina talent they all individually became part of the musical fabric of our communities.”

Marsh, a bass player, serves as president of the organization while banjo stylist J. Max McKee of Shelby, NC and performer Bob Wyatt of Rock Hill, SC are its founders.

“The purpose of our organization is to help musicians in need,” McKee said.

Wyatt said that it is through the teamwork of the board and members that the organization continues to grow.

The organization presented awards to numerous recipients throughout the course of the evening that incorporated musical performances.

Among the categories were Hall of Fame, Hall of Honor, Heritage Awards, Legends Awards, Pioneer Awards, Horizon Awards, Community Service Awards, Icon Awards, Band Awards, Special Awards and Media Awards.

Hall of Fame inductees include Frances C. Strait, Burlan Dean Marsh, Dan X. Padgett, Dwayne Ford, Jimmie Claude Carter, Rebecca Merli, and Gilbert Hames.

Hall of Honor inductees were Tom Griffith, Bobby Wray, Bruce Gibbins, James Soder, Tommy Kay, Billy Meridith, Roger Dale Owens, James Walt Ramey, Ralph Biggers, Steve Hubbs, Blake Stevens, and Michelle M. Osborne.

The late Carl Story was among the 10 Heritage Award honorees.

The organization honored Timber Ridge as Band of the Year; J. Max McKee for guitarist; David Heffner for mandolin; Burlan Dean Marsh for bass; Jim Reynolds for banjo; Dave McClellan and Roger Owens for Dobro ®; Don Armstrong for rhythm guitar; Melvin Roten for fiddle; Golden Valley Crusaders Gospel Band of the Year; Millard Edwards of WAXM as disc jockey; and Teena McKee as female vocalist.


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4th Annual Christian Chamber Golden Halo Awards on March 13 Honors Outstanding Christian Teachers

Written by Scoops Staff on February 12, 2010 – 7:47 am -

Top Student-Nominated Teachers From Five Counties Receive Recognition

(Fort Myers , Fla.) The Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida, Inc. invites the public to join them as they honor nominees and finalists in Christian education at the Fourth Annual Golden Halo Award Dinner on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Grace Community Center in N. Fort Myers , Fla.   Tickets are $35 per person, $65 for a couple, and $25 per student (high school and under) and are available online at http://hischamber.org/GoldenHalo.aspx or by calling the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida during regular business hours at 239-481-1411.

Ten finalists, selected from over 100 nominees in the five-county region (Lee, Collier, Charlotte , Glades, and Hendry) will be honored and the overall winner announced live during the banquet. Teachers chosen as top ten finalists receive two free tickets to the Golden Halo banquet and a gift basket from various Christian Chamber members and merchants. The winner also receives a custom diamond pin created by Southwest Florida ’s Diamond District.

The evening is being chaired by Vikki Luft of Compass Construction and Sue Fowler of Elegant Affairs Event Planning and will be emceed by Patrick Nolan, Evening News Anchor from Fox 4 TV (WFTX).  Entertainment will be provided by Grace Church in addition to a Silent Auction prior to dinner.  Sponsors include Fox 4, Lee Sar, Gravity Benefits, CoolAir Conditioning, Inc., Rice Contracting Enterprises, Inc., J.L. Wallace, Inc., Evangelical Christian School , Compass Construction, Saks and Messmer Florist.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available including limited advertising space on a 12 month calendar that will give given to all attendees at the Golden Halo Award Dinner.

Sierra Minott, Miss Florida 2008 and fourth runner-up in the Miss America 2009 Pageant, will be the featured speaker.  She will talk about the importance of Christian education to help develop students’ own uniquely valuable talents, passions and abilities.  Minott is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Musical Theatre at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach , Fla.

In 2006, the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida began the first-in-the-nation recognition of outstanding teachers in Christian private schools.  Since then, over 300 teachers have been nominated by their students based on qualities their teacher possess that make them a role model, and how the teacher has enhanced the students education and faith.

“The Golden Halo recognition program began when the Christian Chamber realized that educators throughout the country are being honored in our public school system, while private Christian school teachers were often forgotten.  We are proud of every teacher who is nominated and pleased to support the education our Christian teachers provide.  We hope more individuals throughout the U.S. will join us in paying tribute to all the teachers in private Christian education for their investment in our children’s lives,” says Jeanne Sweeney, President / CEO of the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida, Inc.

For more info rmation contact the Christian Chamber office at 239-481-1411, visit their website at www.HisChamber.org or via email at christianchamber@embarqmail.com.


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HisSong Garners 3 SGN Music Award Nominations

Written by Scoops Staff on January 25, 2010 – 9:17 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The staff of SoGospelNews.com announced their nominees for the 2010 SGN Music Awards last Thursday, and Southern Gospel trio HisSong was among those nominated in the popular awards program.

HisSong was honored to be nominated for three awards.  The group received their second consecutive nominations for Male Group of the Year and Traditional Southern Song of the Year (this year for “I Believe In Prayer”).  In addition, the trio landed their first ever nomination in the respected Album of the Year category for last fall’s Vine Records release Journey Through the Sky.

“We are so honored to be nominated for these awards,” mentioned Dennis Humphries of HisSong.  “The SGN Music Awards have quickly become one of the Southern Gospel’s most prized awards programs.  We appreciate them noticing our ministry. It means a lot to the group.”

The SGN Music Award nominees are chosen by the staff of SoGospelNews.com and select members of the Southern Gospel media and community.  Starting on February 1, 2010 – fans will get the chance to vote for their favorite songs, albums, and artists in Southern Gospel music.  To see a complete list of nominees – visit http://www.sogospelnews.com .

The 2010 SGN Music Awards Celebration will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee.  The event is free to the public.

HisSong released their sophomore recording for Vine Records/Crossroads Music this past September.  The new album, Journey Through the Sky, was produced by Dove Award-winning songwriter/producer Wayne Haun.

The album has already had a strong impact at Southern Gospel radio.  The debut single, “I Believe In Prayer,” is currently charting in the Top 10 on the Singing News Top 80 Chart and recently spent three weeks at #1 on the SoGospelNews.com Top 40 Weekly Chart.

To order HisSong’s new project, Journey Through the Sky, visit their website at http://www.hissongmusic.com .  More information on ordering the disc can be found at their website.

HisSong is booked through the Dominion Agency.  For more information on how to book the popular trio, log on to http://www.thedominionagency.com or call (910) 484-6996.

HisSong also has a weekly online newsletter which gives fans of the group information on the ministry and much more.

More information on HisSong can be found at http://www.hissongmusic.com.  Fans are encouraged to visit the group’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/hissongministries.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The staff of SoGospelNews.com announced their nominees for the 2010 SGN Music Awards last Thursday, and Southern Gospel trio HisSong was among those nominated in the popular awards program.

HisSong was honored to be nominated for three awards.  The group received their second consecutive nominations for Male Group of the Year and Traditional Southern Song of the Year (this year for “I Believe In Prayer”).  In addition, the trio landed their first ever nomination in the respected Album of the Year category for last fall’s Vine Records release Journey Through the Sky.

“We are so honored to be nominated for these awards,” mentioned Dennis Humphries of HisSong.  “The SGN Music Awards have quickly become one of the Southern Gospel’s most prized awards programs.  We appreciate them noticing our ministry. It means a lot to the group.”

The SGN Music Award nominees are chosen by the staff of SoGospelNews.com and select members of the Southern Gospel media and community.  Starting on February 1, 2010 – fans will get the chance to vote for their favorite songs, albums, and artists in Southern Gospel music.  To see a complete list of nominees – visit http://www.sogospelnews.com .

The 2010 SGN Music Awards Celebration will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee.  The event is free to the public.

HisSong released their sophomore recording for Vine Records/Crossroads Music this past September.  The new album, Journey Through the Sky, was produced by Dove Award-winning songwriter/producer Wayne Haun.

The album has already had a strong impact at Southern Gospel radio.  The debut single, “I Believe In Prayer,” is currently charting in the Top 10 on the Singing News Top 80 Chart and recently spent three weeks at #1 on the SoGospelNews.com Top 40 Weekly Chart.

To order HisSong’s new project, Journey Through the Sky, visit their website at http://www.hissongmusic.com .  More information on ordering the disc can be found at their website.

HisSong is booked through the Dominion Agency.  For more information on how to book the popular trio, log on to http://www.thedominionagency.com or call (910) 484-6996.

HisSong also has a weekly online newsletter which gives fans of the group information on the ministry and much more.

More information on HisSong can be found at http://www.hissongmusic.com.  Fans are encouraged to visit the group’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/hissongministries.


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SGN Scoops among nominees for SoGospelNews.com 2010 SGN Music Awards

Written by Scoops Staff on January 21, 2010 – 1:34 pm -

SoGospelNews.com Announces Nominees for 2010 SGN Music Awards
The Perrys and Karen Peck & New River Earn Most Nominations Among Artists, while Producer/Songwriter Wayne Haun Lands Most Individual Nominations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Deon and Susan Unthank, administrators of SoGospelNews.com, are proud to announce the nominees for the 2010 SGN Music Awards.  As in year’s past, the nominees were chosen by the staff of SoGospelNews.com and select media representatives.  Starting on February 1, 2010, the fans will get a chance to vote for their favorites in each category.

“We are so excited about this year’s SGN Music Awards,” responded Deon Unthank, administrator of SoGospelNews.com, the Southern Gospel industry’s largest e-zine.  “This is our ninth year to hand out our awards, and we believe the staff has once again outdone themselves in choosing this year’s nominees!”

As far as nominations go, two artists tied for the most nominations among performers this year.  Both The Perrys and Karen Peck & New River landed a stellar nine nominations apiece.  Both groups earned nods in the Song of the Year (“If You Knew Him” and “I Want to Thank You” respectively), Album of the Year (Almost Morning and No Worries respectively), Fan Favorite Artist of the Year, and Mixed Group of the Year categories.

2008’s Pacesetter the Dove Brothers earned eight nods – including Song of the Year (“Hold On”), Album of the Year (Hold On), and Special Event Project of the Year for their 10-year anniversary project Decennial.

Following behind those artists were Legacy Five, The Isaacs, and Booth Brothers with seven nominations apiece.  Triumphant Quartet and Brian Free & Assurance both landed six nominations.  Two artists received five nominations – the Bowling Family (formerly Mike & Kelly Bowling) and Talley Trio.

The Freemans, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and the Gaither Vocal Band all earned four nominations, while the Dixie Echoes, HisSong, Greater Vision, and Sisters earned three nods.

Several artists received double nominations, including the Kingdom Heirs, Gold City, The Greenes, the Ball Brothers, and McMillan & Life.

Songwriter and producer Wayne Haun earned the most individual nominations for his work during 2009.  In addition to landing in the Producer of the Year (Professional) category (an award he won in 2008), Wayne earned an additional eight nominations for his songwriting and production work this year. – including three separate nominations in the Album of the Year category (for producing The Perrys’ Almost Morning, Triumphant Quartet’s Everyday, and HisSong’s Journey Through the Sky).

Rodney Griffin
earned six individual nominations for his songwriting work.

Earning five individual nominations were songwriters Marty Funderburk (2009’s Songwriter of the Year winner) and Rusty Golden. Gospel legend Bill Gaither, songwriter Joel Lindsey, and The Perrys’ lead singer Joseph Habedank all earned four individual nominations.  Dianne Wilkinson, Lari Goss, Ben Isaacs, Barry Weeks, Jason Crabb, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, and Gordon Mote all landed three individual nominations for their work in 2009.

The Pacesetter Award is awarded to any artist, individual, or organization which has shown great strides in the industry and has raised the bar for others. This year’s nominees for the 2010 Pacesetter are new Gospel music celebration Branson Gospel Music Convention, Crossroads Music Group, SGShowPrep’s Chuck Peters, digital news outlet SGN Scoops Digital, and Vine Records.

More information on the 2010 SGN Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including hosts, performers, and sponsors, etc.  The date for this year’s SGN Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 13, 2010.  The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee and is free to the public.

The nominees for the 2009 SGN Music Awards are listed below:

SONG OF THE YEAR:
“Die Another Day” – Brian Free & Assurance (M.Funderburk, J.Lemonis, B.Smith)
“Everyday” – Triumphant Quartet (D.Loggins, J.D.Martin)
“Hold On” – Dove Brothers (M.Dove)
“I Cast My Bread Upon the Water” – Gold City (J.Hemphill)
“I Want to Thank You” – Karen Peck & New River (R.Golden, J.Salley)
“If You Knew Him” – Perrys (R.Griffin, J.Habedank)
“It Pays to Pray” – Greater Vision (R.Griffin)
“Notified” – Mike & Kelly Bowling (R.Hinson)
“Stand By the River” – Greenes (D.Rambo)
“What Salvation’s Done For Me” – Booth Brothers (R.Golden, D.Wilkinson)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Almost Morning – Perrys (W.Haun)
Everyday – Triumphant Quartet (W.Haun)
Expecting Good Things – Jeff & Sheri Easter (G.Cole, J.Easter, S.Easter)
Hold On – Dove Brothers (D.Crawford)
Journey Through the Sky – HisSong (W.Haun)
Just Stand – Legacy Five (L.Goss)
…Naturally – Isaacs (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)
No Worries – Karen Peck & New River (M.Fain)
Reunited – Gaither Vocal Band (B.Gaither, D.Phelps)
Worth It – Brian Free & Assurance (B.Weeks)

PACESETTER:
Branson Gospel Music Convention
Crossroads Music Group
Chuck Peters (SGShowPrep)
SGN Scoops Digital
Vine Records

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST:
Ball Brothers
Cross 4 Crowns
McMillan & Life
Sisters
Soul’d Out Quartet

MALE VOCALIST:
Mike Bowling (Bowling Family)
Jason Crabb
Michael English (Gaither Vocal Band)
Joseph Habedank (Perrys)
Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance)

FEMALE VOCALIST:
Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
TaRanda Greene (Greenes)
Janet Paschal
Lauren Talley (Talley Trio)
Sonya Isaacs Yeary (Isaacs)

MALE GROUP: (a tie necessitated 6 finalists)
Booth Brothers
Dove Brothers
Gaither Vocal Band
HisSong
Legacy Five
Triumphant Quartet

FEMALE GROUP:
Perry Sisters
Sisters
Sweetwater Revival

MIXED GROUP:
Bowling Family (formerly Mike & Kelly Bowling)
Karen Peck & New River
Isaacs
Perrys
Talley Trio

SONGWRITER (ARTIST):
Jim Brady (Booth Brothers)
Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision)
Joseph Habedank (Perrys)
Becky & Sonya Isaacs (Isaacs)
Kyla Rowland (Kyla Rowland & Deliverance)

SONGWRITER (PROFESSIONAL): 
(a tie necessitated 6 finalists)
Chris Binion
Marty Funderburk
Rusty Golden
Joel Lindsey
Rebecca J. Peck
Dianne Wilkinson

PRODUCER (ARTIST):
Darrell Freeman (Freemans)
Ben Isaacs (Isaacs)
Tim Parton (Legacy Five)
Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs)
Roger Talley (Talley Trio)

PRODUCER (PROFESSIONAL):
Donna Beauvais
Lari Goss
Wayne Haun
Michael Sykes
Barry Weeks

ENGINEER:
Steve Allen
Gus Gaches (Legacy Five)
Aaron Minick
Terry Thompson
Kevin Ward

MUSICIAN: 
(a tie necessitated 6 finalists)
Kim Collingsworth (Collingsworth Family)
Madison Easter (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
Bryan Elliott (Perrys)
Gordon Mote
Tim Parton (Legacy Five)
Stewart Varnado (Dixie Echoes)

TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN SONG:
“He Locked the Gates” – Kingdom Heirs (R.Griffin)
“I Believe In Prayer” – HisSong (D.Britt, W.Haun, J.Lindsey)
“If You Knew Him” – Perrys (R.Griffin, J.Habedank)
“It Pays to Pray” – Greater Vision (R.Griffin)
“When the Trumpet Sounds” – Triumphant Quartet (W.Haun, J.Lindsey)

TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN ALBUM:
Almost Morning – Perrys (W.Haun)
Everyday – Triumphant Quartet (W.Haun)
I’d Rather Have Jesus – Dixie Echoes (R.Shelnut, R.Shelnut, Jr., S.Varnado)
Just Stand – Legacy Five (L.Goss)
When You Look at Me – Kingdom Heirs (J.Collins, A.Rice)

PROGRESSIVE SOUTHERN SONG:
“Die Another Day” – Brian Free & Assurance (M.Funderburk, J.Lemonis, B.Smith)
“Life Goes On” – Talley Trio (G.Boe, M.Funderburk)
“Notified” – Mike & Kelly Bowling (R.Hinson)
“What Salvation’s Done For Me” – Booth Brothers (R.Golden, D.Wilkinson)
“Why Can’t All God’s Children Get Along” – Karen Peck & New River (S.Hill)

PROGRESSIVE SOUTHERN ALBUM:
Breakthrough – Ball Brothers (D.Ruse, J.Webb)
No Worries – Karen Peck & New River (M.Fain)
Renewed – Sisters (H.Day, K.Lord, V.Ruppe)
Songs You Know By Heart – Talley Trio (R.Talley)
Worth It – Brian Free & Assurance (B.Weeks)

COUNTRY SONG: 
(a tie necessitated 6 finalists)
“A Little Good News” – Dove Brothers (C.Black, R.Bourke, T.Rocco)
“Born to Climb” – Jeff & Sheri Easter (W.Haun, J.Lindsey)
“I Want to Thank You” – Karen Peck & New River (R.Golden, J.Salley)
“Little Bit of Heaven” – Isaacs (S.I.Yeary)
“Three Wooden Crosses” – Freemans (M.Funderburk, R.Funderburk)
“What Children Believe” – Gold City (J.I.Elliott, B.Lamb, J.Salley)

COUNTRY ALBUM:
Expecting Good Things – Jeff & Sheri Easter (G.Cole, J.Easter, S.Easter)
Hold On – Dove Brothers (D.Crawford)
I Will Sing – Gordon Mote (P.Johnson, G.Mote)
Jason Crabb – Jason Crabb (J.Crabb, T.Simms, N.Wilson)
…Naturally – Isaacs (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)

SPECIAL EVENT PROJECT:
Christmas Memories – Freemans (D.Freeman)
Decennial – Dove Brothers (M.Dove)
Gaither Vocal Band Reunion, Vol. 1 & 2 – Gaither Vocal Band (B.Gaither)
Jubilee! – Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Legacy Five (G.Wolfe)
Live At the Oak Tree (series) – Daywind Records (P.Corley, T.Corley, S.Lancaster, N.Holland, M.Turner)

BEST LIVE PERFORMER:
Booth Brothers
Dixie Echoes
Dove Brothers
Freemans
Karen Peck & New River

FAN FAVORITE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Beyond the Ashes
Booth Brothers
Bowling Family (formerly Mike & Kelly Bowling)
Brian Free & Assurance
Dove Brothers
Karen Peck & New River
McMillan & Life
Perrys
Tribute Quartet
Triumphant Quartet


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Singing News Fan Awards Move To SGMA

Written by Scoops Staff on January 18, 2010 – 4:13 pm -

The Southern Gospel Music industry’s premier awards show, the Singing News Fan Awards, is moving to a new home beginning in 2010.

“Dollywood, the home of the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame and Museum, has opened its doors to the 2010 edition of the Fan Awards,” says Singing News Editor Danny Jones.

“Additionally, the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be incorporated into the Singing News Fan Awards presentation to present a new program that will not only honor the artists that Singing News subscribers have chosen as their favorites, but to acknowledge the contributions of Southern Gospel Music pioneers and those who have greatly influenced our industry.”

The first Fan Awards were presented in 1970 at the “International Gospel Song Festival,” an event promoted by Singing News founding publisher, the late J.G. Whitfield. “When Mr. Whitfield acquired the National Quartet Convention a few years later,” Singing News Editor-In-Chief Jerry Kirksey recalls, “the Fan Awards moved to the NQC stage and remained there through 2009.”

“The National Quartet Convention has been gracious in sharing their time and facilities with us for four decades,” says Jones. “We will continue to support that grand tradition of Southern Gospel music even as we look forward to our move. We will continue to have one of the largest booths at NQC as well as expanded editorial coverage, pre and post convention.”

The 2010 Singing News Fan Awards and the 2010 SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2010, in the D.P. Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood.

The new program will be the opening feature each year for Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel Music & Harvest Celebration with the premiere presentation followed by an entire month of Southern Gospel artists performing throughout Dollywood. The music presented is quite special to someone who is very familiar with Dollywood.

“Southern Gospel music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” Dolly Parton says. “I am proud Singing News chose Dollywood as the home of their Fan Awards in conjunction with the SGMA’s Induction Ceremony. The park is a unique place where we not only focus the whole month of October on Southern Gospel music but our guests can also enjoy Southern Gospel singing almost every day throughout the year.”

SGMA Executive Director Charlie Waller, who was instrumental in bringing this new event to life, says, “The SGMA Executive Board unanimously voted in favor of the merger of the Fan Awards and Induction Ceremony, and I look forward to working with everyone involved to produce a first class event centrally located in the heartland of Southern Gospel music fans.

“On behalf of the SGMA, I would like to thank Barbara Joines, Dollywood’s Vice President and General Manager, as well as the entire Dollywood staff, for their commitment to this event and for housing the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale March 1, 2010. Additional information will be announced soon.


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