Receiving more nominations than they ever have in a single year, The Freemans landed nods for Song of the Year and Country Song of the Year (for â€œThe Father & the Sonâ€), Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year (for Evidence), and Best Live Performer. In addition, the groupâ€™s lead vocalist Chris Freeman earned her first Female Vocalist of the Year nomination.
â€œWe are so honored by these nominations,â€ mentioned Darrell Freeman of The Freemans. â€œAll of The Unthanks and the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com have been so good to us and our ministry. We are thankful and humbled by these nominations!â€
The nominations for the Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards were chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) and other select members of the media. Fans will get a chance to vote for their favorites in over 20 categories beginning on February 1, 2011.
The Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards will be handed out at a live ceremony on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN. The event is tentatively scheduled to be streamed live like last year. Performers, hosts, and event sponsors are still being confirmed. More details on the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards will be announced at a later date.
The Freemans recently scored their latest #1 single with the lyric driven and poignant song â€œThe Father & the Son.â€ Penned by celebrated songwriter Dianne Wilkinson, â€œThe Father & the Sonâ€ spent four consecutive weeks at #1 on the AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) Top 40 Weekly Chart â€“ the Southern Gospelâ€™s most watched and respected weekly radio report.
â€œThe Father & the Sonâ€ is the debut single from The Freemanâ€™s much-anticipated new recording â€“ Evidence. Four years in the making, Evidence is truly The Freemansâ€™ most transparent and emotional release to date. Evidence features songs that were chosen in response to four pivotal years for the group, which were mired with multiple family deaths and extremely personal losses for individual group members. Those events took the group on an emotional journey that resonates throughout the new recording.
Evidence is now available at concert events and on The Freemansâ€™ website.
To visit the newly designed website of The Freemans, visit http://www.the-freemans.com.Â You can also visit the groupâ€™s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/thefreemans07. The groupâ€™s Fan Facebook is located at http://www.facebook.com/thefreemans .
About The Freemans
The Freemans are one of Southern Gospelâ€™s most celebrated and critically acclaimed groups.Â History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry.Â Deeply rooted with family, the Freemansâ€™ experience spans 30+ years. Now in their 20th year of ministry, the Freemans still perform at approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success.