NASHVILLE, Tenn. â€“ Southern Gospel favorites The Freemans took home two SGM FanFair Awards last night.
The popular family group was awarded Favorite Song for their smash-hit single â€œThree Rugged Crossesâ€ (written by Marty Funderburk and Ricky Funderburk). In addition, beloved vocalist and Southern Gospel mainstay Chris Freeman was awarded Favorite Alto at the fan-based awards show.
Darrell Freeman of The Freemans said, â€œWe are so honored to have won these two awards. â€˜Three Rugged Crossesâ€™ has been a great song for our group, and fans and friends all over the country continue to tell us just how much that song has meant to them.â€
â€œWe would like to thank everyone who voted for us,â€ responded Chris Freeman. â€œWeâ€™ve been doing this for a long time and to still receive recognition is such a humbling experience for us. God has been good to us, and we know that He still has His hand on this ministry. We are looking forward to many more years singing His praises!â€
Chris Freeman was also nominated for the Naomi Sego Living Legend Award. However, Jeanette Cooke (The Singing Cookes) was named this yearâ€™s recipient.
â€œThere is no one that I could be happier about winning that award than Jeanette,â€ mentioned Chris. â€œShe has been such an inspiration to me and my family for many many years. We are so excited that she has finally received the recognition that she so richly deserves!â€
The winners and 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 were announced last night, Thursday, May 6, 2010, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the 6th Annual SGM FanFair.
The Freemans have been in the studio working on the follow-up to the award-winning Eyes On the Prize album.Â More information will be released on that at a later date.
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/group.php?gid=55933096539.