NASHVILLE, Tenn. â€“ (March 15, 2011) â€“ Southern Gospel favorites The Freemans have received three nominations in the 2011 SGM Fan Fair Awards. The SGM FanFair Awards nominees were announced earlier this month in a press release announcement.
The Freemans collectively received a nomination for Favorite Song of the Year (for their #1 hit â€œThe Father & the Sonâ€).Â Meanwhile, group matriarch Chris Freeman landed two individual nominations â€“ Favorite Alto and Naomi Sego Living Legend Award.
The group won Favorite Song (for â€œThree Rugged Crossesâ€) and Favorite Alto (Chris Freeman) at last yearâ€™s awards ceremony.
â€œWOW! What a great surprise for us,â€ mentioned Chris Freeman. â€œWe are so honored that our friends continue to name us among their favorites! Thank you to everyone who placed a vote for us! It means the world to us!â€
The nominees in the SGM FanFair Awards were chosen by the readers of Christian Voice Magazine and attendees of the SGM FanFair.Â The winners for the awards will be announced on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the 7th Annual SGM FanFair.
For more information on how to vote, visit http://www.sgmfanfair.com .
These nominations come on the heels of the groupâ€™s impressive six nominations in the upcoming 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.Â The group earned nominations for Song of the Year and Country Song of the Year (also for â€œThe Father & the Sonâ€), Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year (for Evidence), and Best Live Performer. Chris Freeman also garnered her first nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year this year as well.
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 .