Nashville, TNÂ (October 18, 2017) As artists from across the nation descend on Pigeon Forge, TN for the 2017Â Diamond Awards,Butler Music GroupÂ and its family of artists have much for which to be excited. Seven BMG artists have accumulated 13 nominations including nominations forÂ Favorite Mixed Group, Favorite Male Vocalist, Video of the YearÂ and two forÂ Album of the Year.
TheÂ WilliamsonsÂ continue to secure their spot as one of Southern Gospels top groups. They have been nominated forÂ Favorite Mixed GroupandÂ Lisa Chesser WilliamsonÂ has been nominated for theÂ Songwriter of the YearÂ award.Â BMGÂ prides itself on introducing Gospel Music to some of the best up and coming artists and these nominations prove it.Â Sacred HarmonyÂ has been gaining a reputation for their unique harmonies and crossover sound. They have claimed two nominations,Â Sunrise TrioÂ andÂ Video of the Year.
Family groups are a favorite in Gospel Music and theÂ CoffmansÂ are quickly catching attention at major events such asÂ Singing In The SunÂ andÂ GatlinburgÂ Gathering for their powerhouse vocals. This year they claimed their firstÂ Singing NewsÂ Top 40. The 2017 Â awards brought them a Top 5 nomination in theÂ Sunrise ArtistÂ category.
Jason Davidson’sÂ incredible vocals have left legends such asÂ Duane Allen, Lynda RandallÂ andÂ LaVerne TrippÂ amazed by his voice and stage presence. Jason also claimed his first Singing News Top 40 in 2017. He has been nominated for theÂ Sunrise ArtistÂ award as well.
Even though some of its members such asÂ Mike HolcombÂ andÂ Les ButlerÂ are household names, theÂ Old Time Preachers QuartetÂ is a relatively new name to Gospel Music. In a short time, they have left the industry a buzz with twoÂ Singing NewsÂ Top 20 songs as well as appearances at Dollywood, Blue Gate Theater, NQC Main Stage and on Guy Penrodâ€™s Gospel Music Showcase TV show. They have been honored for their success with a nomination forÂ Â Sunrise QuartetÂ and Album of the Year.
Another name that is familiar to fans of Gospel Music but is now on a new path isÂ Matt Felts. Having branched out as a soloist this year, Matt has claimed his first Singing News Top 80 and has released a breakout album that features guests suchÂ as Larry Gatlin, Joseph HabedankÂ andÂ Goodman Revival. Matt has been nominated for two awards,Â Favorite Male VocalistÂ andÂ Sunrise Artist.
In the Bluegrass Gospel side, one name dominated the award nominations.Â Heavenâ€™s Mountain BandÂ is on a hot streak that includes five consecutive Singing News #1 songs, major concert appearances and a TV appearance on Gospel Music Showcase. Fans have nominated them for three awards;Â Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year, Album of the YearÂ andÂ Song of the Year.Â
TheÂ Diamond AwardsÂ promise to be a memorable night with performances byÂ Brian Free & AssuranceÂ and other top artists. Fans are encouraged to come out to the awards show. The show will be aired at a date to be announced on TV 57 in Atlanta. For more information, go toÂ www.sgnscoops.com.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists includingÂ Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson.Â BMG subsidiary,Â Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists includeÂ Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Qt and Jason Davidson.Â Â Â Radio Promotion artists includeÂ Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.Les ButlerÂ has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler startedÂ Butler Music GroupÂ in 1978, and purchasedÂ Family Music GroupÂ in 2003. He is a pastÂ March of Dimes AIRÂ award, as well as winner of theÂ Paul Heil Broadcasting AwardÂ in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits includeÂ Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon,Â Larry GatlinÂ and many more. Butler’s publishing companies areÂ Hurry-Up Publishing/BMIÂ andÂ Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to hostÂ a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog atÂ southerngospel365.com.For the latest issue of SGNScoops magazineÂ click here
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