Pigeon Forge, TNÂ – Song Garden Music recording artist, The Dixie Melody Boys (pictured in attached jpg) solidified their rise back to the top of Southern Gospel at last weekâ€™s Southern Gospel Fan Awards held in Pigeon Forge, TN, during the 9th Annual SGM FanFair at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. The SGM Fan Awards are presented byÂ The Christian Voice MagazineÂ and honor many of Southern Gospel Musicâ€™s most talented vocalists and musicians. The night was filled with great performances by several of Southern Gospel Musicâ€™s legendary names, including The Dixie Melody Boys, The Palmetto State Quartet, The Hemphills, Phil Cross and many others.
Â The Dixie Melody Boys received 11 Top Five nominations, including Favorite Album, Song and Video. Hall of fame member, Ed O’Neal took home the Favorite Bass Singer Award for the second year in a row, while DMB veteran, Steven Cooper received the Favorite Baritone award. “We are so happy for Steve,â€ Oâ€™Neal stated following the ceremony. â€œAs many know, he will be stepping down from the baritone spot soon, so to have the fans honor him andÂ his five years with us this wayÂ is wonderful.” The Quartetâ€™s newest member, Mike Rogers, was also honored with nominations in the Top 5 for Favorite Lead Singer and Favorite Young Excelling Artist. Matt Felts was honored with the Favorite Tenor Award, after receiving the Top 5 nomination two years in a row. “Just to be on the list with men like Michael Booth, David Phelps, Brian Free and Jeff Hawes is a huge honor. These men are my heroes. I am so grateful God has allowed me to sing for Him,” said Matt Felts, after accepting the honor. The evening ended on a very high note for The Dixie Melody Boys, as they received the Favorite Male Quartet for the second year in a row.
Additional information regarding The Dixie Melody Boys, including a complete touring schedule is available online atÂ www.dixiemelodyboys.com.Â Additional information regarding the SGM Fan Fair and the Christian Voice Magazine is availalbe atÂ Â www.Â christianvoicemagazine.com.