Hendersonville, TN – The top names in Christian music gathered at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, in celebration of the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The festivities began Tuesday afternoon with the pre-telecast show held in Collins Auditorium, followed by red carpet interviews leading into the televised show.
Karen Peck & New River shined with two wins for the evening, including Southern Gospel Song of the Year for the radio hit, “I Am Blessed,” written by Karen Peck, Kenna West and Michael Farren. Karen Peck & New River was also named Southern Gospel Artist of the Year. Daywind Music Publishing received a Dove for Country Song of the Year, “Small Town Someone,” written by Jason Cox, Kenna West and Sheri Easter, and recorded by Jeff & Sheri Easter. That’s Where The Story Begins was recognized as Musical of the Year, written by Dave Clark, Gerald Crabb and Mike Harland, and released through Daywind Publishing and LifeWay Worship.
Several Daywind artists were featured performers during the ceremonies. Dove Award nominees, The Bowling Family, entertained the audience for the pre-telecast show with their upbeat song, “Praise God He Is Alive,” and presented several awards during the event. A highlight of the televised ceremony was the Southern Gospel segment featuring Gerald Wolfe’s Gospel Music Hymn Sing. The audience was encouraged to sing along as Gerald Wolfe led a medley of the most beloved hymns of the church. Featuring crowd-pleasing performances by the Isaacs, Joseph Habedank, the Kingdom Heirs and Karen Peck, the choir also included popular artists such as the Jim Brady Trio and the Mylon Hayes Family, as well as instrumentalists Stan Whitmire, Sandy Payton and Ben Wolfe. The audience itself was a major part of the sound of the segment with attendees standing, singing, and worshipping the entire time.
The 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards will air on TBN on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, at 9 pm CST. Check your local listings for additional information on airings.
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The Gospel Music Association has released the list of the 47th Dove Award Nominees for 2016. SGNScoops extends our congratulations to each of the nominees. We are thankful that the greater Christian music audience is recognizing what we have known for almost 100 years: Gospel music with a Southern influence or Bluegrass/Country twang has a terrific message, accomplished vocalists and some of the best musicians of any genre.
Kudos to the multiple Dove Award nominees of our Southern Gospel family: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Karen Peck and New River, and The Perrys. Also nominated were popular artists The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Mark Lowry, The Bowling Family, and Greater Vision.
SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Jesus Changed Everything” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus Gave Me Water” – Gaither Vocal Band, (writer) Lucie E. Campbell
“I am Blessed” – Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna West, Michael Farren
“Keep On” – Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus, The One” – The Hoppers, (writer) Paula Stefanovich
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Still – Booth Brothers, (producers) Jason Webb, Lari Goss, Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, Jim Brady
That Day Is Coming – Collingsworth Family, (producer) Wayne Haun
Happy People – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (producers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Todd Collins
How We Love – Mark Lowry, (producers) Mark Lowry, Kevin Williams
Moments Like These – The Bowling Family, (producer) Mike Bowling
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, StowTown Records
Gaither Vocal Band,Gaither Music Group
Greater Vision, Daywind Records
Karen Peck & New River, Daywind Records
The Perrys, StowTown Records
Congratulations as well to our Bluegrass and Christian Country family. Multiple Dove Award nominees are Jimmy Fortune, Joey + Rory, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Shenandoah. Other Dove Award artist nominees include Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, The Isaacs, Doug Anderson, Wilburn and Wilburn. Be sure to look at all the Dove award nominated writers, producers and others who work together to make these projects award-winning material.
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“He’s In Control” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, (writer) Steve Watts
“In The Heat of the Fire” – Flatt Lonesome, (writer) Kelsi Harrigill
“Life’s Railway to Heaven (with the Oak Ridge Boys)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writers) Eliza R. Snow, M.E. Abbey
“I’ll Fly Away” – Joey + Rory, (writer) Albert E. Brumley
“Leave It All on the Altar” – The Isaacs, (writers) Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Buddy Greene
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Love Covered My Sin” – Doug Anderson, (writers) Wayne Haun, Randall Garland, Val Dacus
“Small Town Someone (Lunch)” – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (writers) Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox
“I Believe (with The Whites)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writer) Jimmy Fortune
“He Touched Me” – Joey+Rory, (writer) William J. Gaither
“Seconds Count” – Shenandoah ft. Karen Peck, (writers) Coy Fulmer, Doc Walley
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music and Marriage – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (producers) Madison Easter, Greg Cole, Jeff & Sheri Easter
Hits and Hymns – Jimmy Fortune (producer) Ben Isaacs
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (producers) Rory Lee Feek, Joe West
Good News Travels Fast – Shenandoah, (producers) Bud McGuire, Mike McGuire
Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn, (producers) Ben Issacs, Jonathan Wilburn, Jordan Wilburn
In the following Dove Award categories, we have highlighted the artists that are often referred to as Southern Gospel or Christian Country, or those who would be recognized by that industry.
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Seth Mosley & Michael X O’Connor (Team)
INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Pieces” – Bethel Music & Amanda Cook, (writers) Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger
“Let It Be Jesus” – Christy Nockels, (writers) Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman
“Heaven’s Shore” – David Phelps, (writer) David Phelps
“O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” – Hillsong Worship (writers) Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher
“Till I Met You” – Laura Story, (writers) Laura Story, Christopher Stevens, Bryan Fowler
SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby – Various, (producers) Bobby Blazier, John Hartley
Let the Glory Come Down – Bill & Gloria Gaither and Friends, (producers) Geron Davis, Bradley Knight
Passion Salvations Tide Is Rising – Passion, (producers) David Crowder, Gabe Scott, Ed Cash, David Garcia, Ross Copperman, Seth Mosley, Nathan Nockels, Shama “Sake Pase, Joseph, Maurice “Jimi Cravity” Willis, Solomon Olds
The Passion: New Orleans – Various/The Passion Cast, (producers) Adam Anders, Peer Astrom
We Will Stand – Various, (producers) Michael Omartian, Dan Posthuma
MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
Bethlehem Morning, (creators) Russel Mauldin, Sue C. Smith
Jesus, Only Jesus, (creator) Craig Adams
That’s Where The Story Begins, (creators) Dave Clark, Gerald Crabb, Mike Harland
This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank
Under a Starry Sky (A Dramatic Musical for Christmas), – (creators) Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner
LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Come Alive – Bethel Music Kids, (director) David Noroña (producer) Kiley Goodpasture
Neon Porch Extravaganza LIVE – Crowder, (director) Nathan Corrona (producers) Shelley Giglio, Mike McCloskey
Youth Revival – Hillsong Y&F, (director) Jamin Tasker (producer) Ben Field
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (director) Daniel Grace (producer) Aaron Carnahan, Joel McAfee, Bill Gaither
#LetsGo – Planetshakers, (director) Pete Seamons, Peter John (producer) Russell Evans, Mike Pilmer, Joth Hunt, Josh Brown
CCM United – Various, (director) Michael Omartian (producer) Stephen Yake
Congratulations to each Dove Award nominee who has been recognized for talent, skill and ministry. To each artist whose name does not appear here, we applaud your hard work, diligence, and commitment to making quality music that uplifts the name of Jesus!
For the complete list of Dove Awards nominees click here.
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Rock of Ages Recording Gets Solid Nods from the GMA Membership
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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (March 4, 2015) – Dove Award winner Marty Funderburk has signed an exclusive agreement to remain as a part of the Daywind Music Publishing roster of songwriters. The veteran Funderburk has been affiliated with Daywind Music Publishing for the past 17 years.
“Songwriting is a privilege I hope I never take for granted,” explains Funderburk. “Daywind Publishing has nurtured my creativity and allowed me the freedom to express that which God places in my heart for the past 17 years. I look forward to all that God has in store as we re-commit ourselves to moving forward with the work at hand.”
While he has had dozens of songs land on the radio charts, Funderburk has had two No. 1 singles – the Kingdom Heirs’ hit “Forever Changed” and the Talley Trio’s chart-topping “Life Goes On.” His songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and the Whites, Gold City, Jake Hess, Janet Paschal, Sisters, Brian Free & Assurance, the Hoppers, the Blackwood Brothers, Greater Vision, Mark Lowry, Karen Peck and New River, The Mark Trammell Trio, the Perrys, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and the Bowlings.
Of his nine Dove Award nominations, the latest came earlier in 2014, with Funderburk’s Christmas musical – “The Highest Glory” – winning the Dove Award for Musical of the Year.
“Marty Funderburk brought his talent to Daywind Publishing in the very early days of its existence,” points out Daywind Vice President of Music Publishing Rick Shelton. “His brilliant songs have been recorded by every major artist in our genre, and his choir music has been performed by thousands of church choirs. Marty is a dear member of the Daywind family. We are so very proud of him and the impact of his songwriting.”
Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters, including Belinda Smith, Dianne Wilkinson, Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank, Kyla Rowland, John Darin Rowsey, Ronny Hinson, Gerald Crabb and Scott Inman, among others. For more information, visit www.daywindpublishing.com or e-mail email@example.com.
For more information on Mary Funderburk, visit his personal page on the Daywind Music Publishing web site at http://www.daywindpublishing.
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Six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir releases its 29th recording project in FebruaryWritten by SGN Scoops Staff on January 22, 2015 – 9:26 am -
(Brooklyn, NY) − The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will release its 29th album via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. The CD entitled, Pray, features fourteen new songs, eleven of which were co-written by choir director, Carol Cymbala. Cymbala believes that choirs are still an integral part of congregational worship.
“The ultimate purpose of a choir is to lead the congregation into the presence of God,” says Cymbala. “Prayer is vital. Preparing the choir spiritually is so important. I do feel strongly that the idea of many voices lifted up to the Lord, unified and in harmony, is a powerful thing. We also read of choirs in the Bible going forth and singing before the battles were waged.”
The Choir will premiere the new recording on Sunday, February 8 at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York at 3:00 p.m. Pray is produced by Carol Cymbala and Jason Michael Webb.
Since its inception over 40 years ago when the Choir began with only nine members, Cymbala has never read music – though she has written numerous hit songs—and the choir has never used charts. The 300-voice choir is a blend of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with members ranging from lawyers and doctors to former drug addicts.
“While the new Pray CD has an eclectic mix of songs,” says Cymbala, “it is also reminiscent of the traditional Brooklyn Tabernacle sound. Beyond the songs, I really believe that it is very important that the members of our choir – or any choir– should have a heart for God and a heart for ministry. Ultimately, we need to focus on seeing lives changed through the power of the Gospel in song. I pray that there would be more choirs that would be raised up in the day that we are living in so that we can sing a song of victory to our God because He is worthy of all our praises.”
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has performed at major music venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Their accolades include six Grammy Awards, seven Dove Awards (Gospel Music’s Grammy equivalent), two #1 Billboard charting CDs and over four million albums sold. The choir sang “The Battle Hymn of The Republic” at President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to a worldwide television audience of over a billion people. The Choir has performed on various national TV shows including Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, among others. Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was featured on the cover of The New York Times and highlighted in Time Magazine. The choir’s previous CD, Love Lead the Way, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel album chart last year. For more information, visit www.brooklyntabernacle.org
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Pigeon Forge, TN (October 30, 2014) – SGN Scoops is delighted to announce that Karen Peck and New River will be singing at the 2014 Diamond Awards ceremony to be held on November 4th at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Diamond Awards are held during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, November 3rd through 6th.
Karen Peck and New River are one of Gospel music’s favorite trios and also one of the most awarded. They recently won a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song Of The Year with their hit, “Revival.” Their song and the album Revival have both been nominated for a Diamond Award. The group has been nominated for Trio Of The Year. Karen Peck has been given the nod for both Female Artist and Living Legend Diamond Awards.
SGN Scoops is looking forward to a great evening with Karen Peck and New River, as well as other artists such as Blue Highway, the Dixie Melody Boys and Mike LeFevre. There are a few remaining free tickets for the event, so fans are invited to reserve their tickets today.
For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention go to: http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com
To reserve your free ticket today click HERE
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(Nashville, TN) To say the least, the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards was good to StowTown Records. The fast-rising label, which attained a total of 16 nominations in 2014, brought home several Dove Awards Tuesday evening at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.
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SGM Radio was thrilled to chat with the delightful Karen Peck Gooch, during our 2013 “In Depth With” series. We are excited to learn that Karen Peck and New River were the recipients of a Dove Award last night for their hit, “Revival.”
Karen Peck is well known to Gospel Music fans, having begun her singing career in 1981 with The LeFevres who then became known as The Nelons. Ten years later, Karen Peck and New River (KPNR) was born as Karen fulfilled a dream to travel full-time with her sister Susan. Today, Karen’s beautiful, soaring soprano voice is still joined by Susan’s melting alto vocals. The Peck sisters are joined by Jeff Hawes, who adds a rich lead/tenor that makes Karen Peck and New River an audience and radio favorite.
When asked to tell us something about each of the group’s members, Peck says: “Susan is loyal. Jeff is committed. Rickey is stable. Matthew is witty and smart. Kari is witty and organized. Trip is funny but is a great bus driver.” About herself, Karen says she has a “genuine love for people”. This love shows through Peck and her group, both onstage and off. The KPNR team has melded together to become a cohesive unit that continually strives to give their best. The trio has seen the fruit of their labors with several acknowledgments and nominations in Christian music awards.
Karen Peck and New River are multi-award winners with The Singing News and the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. They have been nominated for Grammy Awards three times and many of their songs have reached number-one status on the Singing News radio charts.
Reach Out is the latest project for Karen Peck and New River, and the current single, “Sustaining Grace” is receiving a good response. Reach Out received two Dove Awards and has garnered at least two number-one songs at the time of this publication. The trio is in the process of recording a new album to be released this year. Karen also recently released her solo CD entitled How You Walk The Miles, to the delight of her many fans. Her lovely soprano is instantly recognizable and her passionate delivery makes each song an instant favorite.
With over 30 years in Gospel music, Karen Peck has sung hundreds of songs. However, “Four Days Late” is still her favorite song to perform because, she says, everyone can relate to the song. The Singing News proved the popularity of the song with the choice of “Four Days Late” as 2010’s Song Of The Decade.
Karen Peck seems to have accomplished so much in her illustrious career, but in the last couple of years she experienced something new: performing in the film “Joyful Noise” starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. “I had a wonderful experience filming this movie!” says Peck. “It was one highlight of my career. I walked away feeling very proud to be a Christian and meeting actors that proclaim His name! Right now, no plans have been made to do another movie but I’m waiting next to the phone!”
Karen Peck is not only an accomplished vocal artist and movie actress, but also has been honing her talent as a speaker. “I’ve done several ladies’ conferences,” says Peck. “We do an annual conference in October at North Highland Baptist Church in Warrior, Alabama.” Peck speaks to the hearts’ of women through her experience as an artist, wife and mother. Karen and Ricky Gooch have two children, Matthew and Kari. When asked how she keeps her family strong, Karen replies, “By making sure that we live our lives to the best of our abilities for Jesus Christ.”
As a communicator and minister, Peck knows she needs to keep her own relationship with the Lord strong and vibrant. She does this through taking in all she can from Christian speakers and authors. “I love to read Christian books,” says Peck. “I also listen to Pastor Jentzen Franklin, Joyce Meyer, Beth Moore, T.D. Jakes and Johnny Hunt.” Bible study is also important and she says that one passage that has spoken to her personally is 1Corintians 10:13, which says, “God is faithful.”
Relying on God’s faithfulness in a new year is important for all of us, as we look ahead to what we hope to achieve. Peck says she has several personal goals for 2013. “ This year, more than ever, I want to draw closer to God,” says Peck. “To read His Word, and listen to His voice.”
Finally, we asked Karen what twitter-sized comment she would like our readers to remember about her. Karen laughs and replies, “I’m really not a blonde, I just act like one!”
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Written by Lorraine Walker
First published February 2013 by SGM Radio website. For current features, visit http://www.sgmradio.com/
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Nashville, TN The Isaacs, collectively and individually received three nominations for the 2014 Dove Awards. Their group nominations are for Bluegrass Song of the Year for ‘Daniel Prayed’ written by G.T. Speer and Bluegrass Album of the Year ‘The Living Years’ produced by Ben Isaacs and Bill Gaither. Ben also produced another album nominated for Country Album of the Year; ‘Here Comes Sunday‘ by Wilburn & Wilburn.
“We are so humbled and honored to have received nominations in the GMA Dove Awards again this year. The song Daniel Prayed has been recorded many times in different genres, including bluegrass and southern gospel, and we’ve always wanted to do it our style. ‘The Living Years’ is a fun, and insightful album, featuring harmony and light instrumentation, that contains a lot of songs we have loved down through the years, as well as a few originals. We are always grateful when a work of heart gets noticed by such an elite organization. Thank you Gospel Music Association and fans.” Lily Isaacs stated.
The Isaacs have won over seven Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career.
Ben Isaacs is following up a stellar year in 2013 with awards for his production of projects for groups such as the Gaither Vocal Band and the Oak Ridge Boys with an award already this year for Producer Of The Year at the AGM Awards and now two more nominations for Doves.
Ben commented “I am so blessed to produce the best music in the world for some of the best talent in Gospel Music. To be nominated in this category with so many other talented individuals is truly an honor.”
In other exciting news for The Isaacs, Jimmy and Sonya Yeary along with their son Ayden announced that a new baby is on the way. The addition is expected to join the group on January 31, 2015.
To learn more about the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/
If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at www.harperagency.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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(Nashville, TN) It was a special, ground-breaking day for StowTown Records as it received a record number of nominations during the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards Press Conference held Wednesday morning at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.
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