May 31, 2013 (Nashville, TN) – The Telly Awards has named The Nelons as a Silver Telly winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards for the music video for “Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?” With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, the project won the Silver Telly in the Internet/Online Video-Music Video category.
The true-to-life story, put to song by legendary Christian music icons Bill & Gloria Gaither and Country music superstar Larry Gatlin tells the story of a man who makes a startling revelation upon missing his home-bound flight. Point Light Pictures, LLC was brought to the task of making the story come to life.
“Point Light Pictures did an amazing job visually telling the story that Bill & Gloria Gaither and Larry Gatlin so eloquently put to music,” stated Kelly Nelon Clark. “This award is an honor and we are grateful to those who voted for the video.”
“It is always a joy to work with the Nelons and I’m grateful to be part of their journey, ” said Bill Gaither “Co-writing the song ‘Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?’ with my wife, Gloria, and our dear friend Larry Gatlin, then co-producing the Nelons album on which the song was included, was an honor. I would still make music if there were no awards, but it is always a thrill to be a part of something that is recognized by the artistic community in this way.”
“The Nelons are just fantastic and the video is STELLAR,” commented Larry Gatlin. “Add to that the honor of being asked to collaborate with two iconic writers like Bill & Gloria Gaither – especially Gloria – well, I am greatly blessed and highly favored! Congrats and thanks for allowing me to be a small part of this!”
The Telly Awards program was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.
For it’s 34th season, The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People’s Telly Awards. In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People’s Telly Awards winners.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “The Nelons’ accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.
The Nelons have been recognized in the past for their innovative video accomplishments. In 1987, their concept video for “Famine In Their Land,” was recognized with a New York Film Festival Bronze Award and won a DOVE award for Short Form Music Video of The Year.