SGN Scoops Diamond Awards Announce Top 10 Ballot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 4, 2011) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, is proud to announce that the Top 10 Diamond Awards ballots are now available for the 2011 awards program through SGN Scoops Digital home on the web.

The online ballot is designed for fans to vote for their favorite artists and individuals for each award.  Fans and industry supporters are encouraged to visit the SGN Scoops Digital website to place their votes.  The Diamond Awards home on the web is located at

The Top 10 in each category were compiled from the nomination ballot that was released earlier this year.

Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group said, “We are so excited to finally announce our Top 10 Ballot for the 2011 Diamond Awards. The fans did such a great job of nominating their favorites, and we have a great sampling of industry leaders as well as groups that have a very strong grassroots following. I hope everyone can stop by and place their votes for their favorite artists on the Top 10 ballot!”

The 2011 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Revival.  The show will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Branson, Missouri at the Tri-Lakes Center.  The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Hosts and performers for the 2010 Diamond Awards will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at .

The Top 10 nominees in select categories are listed below:

LIVING LEGEND AWARD: Ann Downing, Chris Freeman, Claude Hopper, Deon Unthank, Ed O’Neal, Gerald Crabb, Gloria Gaither, Joel Hemphill, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Ronnie Hinson

FAVORITE SONG: “Count Me” (Mystery Men Quartet), “Did I Mention” (The Perrys), “Father Who Cares” (Voices of Glory), “Mercy Saw Me” (Driven Quartet), “One Voice” (Gregg Busch/Lynda Lynn), “Please Forgive Me” (Gaither Vocal Band), “See a Rainbow” (Heart to Heart), “Story of My Life” (Driven Quartet), “This Storm” (McMillan and Life), “Wounded Hands” (Gordon Mote)

FAVORITE ALBUM: Almost Morning (The Perrys), Besides Still Waters (The Nelons), Blue Collar Gospel (Mystery Men Quartet), Christy Sutherland (Christy Sutherland), Declaration (The Booth Brothers), Driven Quartet (Driven Quartet), Greatly Blessed (Gaither Vocal Band), …Naturally (The Isaacs), No Storm Wasted (McMillan and Life), Jason Crabb (Jason Crabb)

FAVORITE RISING ARTIST (SUNRISE AWARD): Beyond the Ashes, Christy Mynatt, Driven Quartet, The Harper Family, Heavens Highway, Praise Inc., Southern Grace, Steve Ladd, Turning Point, Voices of Glory

FAVORITE MIXED GROUP: The Bowling Family, The Collingsworth Family, Heavens Highway, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Karen Peck and New River, The Lesters, McMillan and Life, The Perrys

FAVORITE QUARTET: Brian Free & Assurance, Driven Quartet, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, Legacy 5, Mystery Men Quartet, Praise Inc., Soul’d Out, Triumphant Quartet

FAVORITE TRIO: 2nd Generation, Beyond the Ashes, The Booth Brothers, The Bowling Family, Greater Vision, Karen Peck & New River, McMillan and Life, The Nelons, Talley Trio, Voices of Glory

FAVORITE DUET: Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Dailey & Vincent, Dale & Cheryl Golden, Hearts of Faith, Heart to Heart, Jon Saw, Josh & Ashley Franks, Marvin & Gracie Wilson, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, Wendy Word + forgiven

FAVORITE CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP: Austins Bridge, Driven Quartet, Fox Brothers, Heart to Heart, Heavens Highway, The Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Oak Ridge Boys, Red Roots, Sunday Drive

FAVORITE BLUEGRASS ARTIST: Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Liepers Fork, Link Family, Primitive Quartet, Red Roots, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Anthony

For a full list of nominees, visit

About the Diamond Awards
The Diamond Awards were transferred over to the SGN Scoops Digital several years ago after the original home for the awards, the Gospel Voice Magazine, folded.  The Diamond Awards are a fan-based award that allows the fans to choose the nominees as well as the winners in each year.  The awards show is based during the Branson Gospel Music Revival every July.