Ringgold, GA – October 5, 2013Â The GME Showcase Awards were presented October 5th in the beautiful Colonade Theater in Ringgold, GA to an enthusiastic crowd that gathered as some 24 artist took to the stage.Â Many of the artist appeared in the afternoon showcase which featured those who have appeared in previous GME events such as winners of the Gospel Star Talent Search held throughout the year in various cities across the southeast.Â One of those artist was the lovely Erica Dalton who recently stepped out in a solo ministry as well as continuing to sing with her family as dates present.Â She was the recent winner of the Talent Search held in Hazel Green, Alabama.
Since March of this year, fans have had the opportunity to nominate and vote on favorites in 14 different categories in which awards were given.Â The list was narrowed to the top ten voted in each category and then to the top five. Â Last nightâ€™s award show was the culmination of nearly 70,000 votes cast in the past 60 days alone.
And The Winners Are:
Broadcast PersonalityÂ of The Year- Re Nay Lee (Host of Music City Gospel Review)
Radio DJÂ of The Year- Larry Flegle
Artist Web Site – The Jamersons
Industry Web Site of The Year – Southern Gospel Today (southerngospeltoday.com)
Male Vocalist of The Year – Jonathan Bond
Female Vocalist of The Year – Donnita Rozzell
Duet of The Year – The Schofields
Trio of The Year – The Sounds Of Victory
Quartet of The Year – Mark209
Song of The Year – It Takes Faith, Mark209
Songwriter of The Year – Donnita Rozzell
Instrumentalist of The Year – Anthony Jamerson
New Artist of The Year – Megan Allen
Showcase Artist of The Year – Susan Guerin
After the awards show, the stage was quickly reset for the evening concert in which was nothing more than fantastic.Â The Boynton Choir took to the stage and wowed the audience under the direction of Sheri Thrower.Â The voices of over 100 elementary school students filled the auditorium and finished with a climactic applause.
Mark209 was introduced and the mood for the rest of the evening was set.Â Their high energy music and vocal stylingâ€™s were very well received throughout the evening and at one point people were literally DANCING along the front of the stage.Â Their rendition of â€œOh Holy Nightâ€ brought the crowd to their feet.
Immediately after the stage was filled with banjoâ€™s, fiddles, guitars, drumsâ€¦. As the recipients of the Singing News New Trio of The Year award, RED ROOTS took to the stage.Â Singing hits from their releases such as Double Wide Church, Christian Country Girl and more.Â Truly these girls won the hearts of many this evening as they do in all their concerts.
ABOUT GME SHOWCASE
Shelia Reed founded Harvest Outreach Center in 1986, which is a non-profit facility to help the homeless and needy of the North Georgia Communities. Thousands of Men and women have been helped through her ministry over these years, and are still recipients of this work. Shelia also is the recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award from Washington, DC, for her commitment to her communities without desiring a salary for her endeavors.
As an award winning gospel artist, her style of singing has become a fan favorite. Shelia has received numerous industry awards including, State & International such as “Female Vocalist Of The Yearâ€ Female Entertainer Of The Yearâ€ performing in such prestigious venues as The Country Tonight Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the” North American Country and Gospel Music Association International”Â
Shelia Reed founded “Gospel Music Express” (GME) and has devoted years to helping up and coming artists. She has guided their careers and shown them the best way to get a good start in the music industry. She continues to reach out to artist within twenty states unifying people across barriers and helping folk’s to excel in their quest to achieve in their talents.Â Harvestoutreachcenter.com / andÂ gmeshowcase.comÂ speaks for itself to the work Shelia does to encourage and help others along the way.