Saturday News Roundup #117
- The Dove Awards were given out on Thursday in Atlanta. Because they will be televised, the Gospel Music Association has not published a list of winners yet. However, from social media, here are some winners pertinent to Southern Gospel:
- Jason Crabb won Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. No, that is not just Southern Gospel artist. That is overall artist of the year. He is the first Southern Gospel nominee in decades to be thus recognized.
- Long Form Recorded Video of the Year: Fear Not Tomorrow, The Collingsworth Family. Some Dove Awards make no sense. This one does. The DVD, reviewed here, is one of the two strongest Southern Gospel DVDs released since the turn of the century (the other being Greater Vision’s Live at First Baptist Atlanta.) For most Southern Gospel DVDs, where an orchestra appears, it’s on a soundtrack. This one had a live orchestra in addition to a stellar live band.
- Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: “Celebrate Me Home,” The Perrys. Also very deserving.
- Country Song of the Year: “Good Things are Happening,” Karen Peck & New River
- Country Album of the Year: Dreaming Wide Awake, Doug Anderson
- Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year: “Mama’s Teaching Angels How to Sing,” The Isaacs, Naturally
- Bluegrass Album of the Year: Remembering the Rambos, Grassroots Rambos (i.e. Rambo McGuire)
- Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Reach Out (Karen Peck & New River)
- Instrumental Album of the Year: Unfailing Love: 20 Worship Songs of Comfort and Peace (Stan Whitmire)
- Jim Brady and Mark Trammell have joined the National Quartet Convention’s Board of Directors.
- The Greenes (formerly the Tim Greene Trio) have added a new tenor, Keith Skiles, and a new baritone, Jason Gordon.
- The second-round Singing News Fan Awards ballot is now open.
- Danny Jones has an incredibly funny story about Loren Harris singing in his sleep.
- Debbie Bennett has posted an extensive update.
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