Kinston, NC – With the dawning of a new year, The Dixie Melody Boys prove that their rise back to the top of the Southern Gospel ranks continues to reach new heights. Yesterday, the group was honored with 11 Top Ten nominations from the Christian Voice Magazine. The 11 Top Ten nominations for the 2013 Southern Gospel Music Fan Awards marks the most ever for the Dixie Melody Boys to receive in one year.
In 2012, The Dixie Melody Boys received seven nominations and won the Favorite Male Quartet, while long-time member, Ed O’Neal, received the Favorite Bass Singer Award. This year, the group is again nominated for Favorite Male Quartet. Additionally, Hall Of Fame member Ed O’Neal continues to be a fan favorite after 50 years with the group, once again receiving the Favorite Bass Singer nomination. Additionally, O’Neal is a nominee for the Living Legend Award. Tenor Matt Felts appears for the second year in a row in the Favorite Tenor category, solidifying his place as one of Gospel Music’s brightest young talents. The group’s baritone, Steven Cooper makes his debut appearance receiving the nomination for Favorite Baritone. Mike Rogers, who joined the group as lead singer earlier in 2012, Â has made an instant impact and the fans have embraced him. Evidence of this is his nomination for Favorite Lead Singer and ExcellingÂ Young Individual.
The Dixie Melody Boys were also honored by receiving the Album Of The Year nomination and Song Of The Year nomination for Â their moving rendition of “The Call Is Still The Same,” the second release from their historic 50th Anniversary recording Â to receive Song Of The Year honors. “Jesus In My Boat,” also included on the recording, was nominated last year. The Dixie Melody released another historic project this year, Dixie Melody Boys Reunion: 50 Years Of Influence. The DVD, recorded live at the National Quartet Convention, has been nominated for Video Of The Year. Additionally, the television show “Great American Gospel,” hosted by Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys, was nominated for Favorite Television Show.Â
As tenor Matt Felts shares, the group is overwhelmed by these honors.Â “We are honored to be selected by the fans. The lists of nominees include so many incredible people that we love and admire, so this is a blessing. We have several big things to announce in the coming weeks and this is a great start to our new year.”
The Dixie Melody Boys kick off the 2013 with their annual West Coast Tour. The trip will include 14 stops out West in Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Arizona and New Mexico during January. A complete list of tour dates is available at www.dixiemelodyboys.com.
Those wishing to vote for the 2013 Christian Voice Magazine Southern Gospel Music Fan Awards may visit http://christianvoicemagazine.