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GMA DOVE AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED TODAY

Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns and Newcomer Francesca Battistelli Emerge as Leading Artist Nominees;
Fans Will Vote For Artist and New Artist of the Year For First Time


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NEWS SOURCE: Spinhouse PR
February 20, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - February 20, 2009 - Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Fireflight, Marvin Sapp, Third Day, TobyMac and Chris Tomlin have been nominated by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) membership for Artist of the Year at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 23, 2009 in Nashville.

Those artists were among the Dove Award nominees announced at a press conference today at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Center. The GMA Dove Awards, gospel music’s biggest night of the year, featuring artists from every style of gospel/Christian music coming together for a night of music and celebration, will be broadcast nationwide live on the Gospel Music Channel from 8 – 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Thursday, April 23, 2009.

"Christian and gospel music expresses itself in many different ways and we applaud all nominated artists for their unique contributions to the music landscape,” said John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA). “The powerful messages of redemption, hope and joy found in the music of our Dove nominees come during a season in history when our country and the world need inspiration and encouragement.”

For the first time, fans will become stakeholders in the Dove Awards with an opportunity to vote for the winner of Artist of the Year along with New Artist of the Year, which includes nominees Addison Road, Francesca Battistelli, Fee, Jonathan Nelson, Remedy Drive, Chris Sligh and Tenth Avenue North. Fan voting, which will be conducted through the Gospel Music Channel website (www.gospelmusicchannel.com) and at www.doveawards.com, will open on February 26, the same day online voting opens for GMA members. The cumulative fan vote, which will continue through the live Dove Awards broadcast, will account for one-third of the total vote in those two categories.

The 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be handed out at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House. Tickets to the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 615-242-0303.

While the awards are the purpose of the show, music performances will definitely share center stage at the Dove Awards, showcasing some of gospel music’s hottest and most diverse artists. In addition to the exclusive live broadcast, Gospel Music Channel will present back-to-back encore broadcasts that night and additional re-airings following. Gospel Music Channel’s rapid growth has made it the fastest growing network in television for the past two years and GMC is now available in more than 43 million homes in all major markets on the major cable systems as well as on DIRECTV on Channel 338.

The top artist nominee for Dove Awards is current three-time Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Tomlin, whose seven total nominations include Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone).” His latest CD Hello Love was nominated for Praise & Worship Album, while “Jesus Messiah” from that project earned a nomination for Worship Song of the Year. Tomlin was also included in the Special Event Album category for his participation on the Passion: God of This City compilation album and in the Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song category for gospel artist LaRue Howard’s recording of Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God,” which was the 2006 Song of the Year recipient.

Two female artists have the next biggest impact, with Natalie Grant and newcomer Francesca Battistelli each receiving five nominations. Grant, the current three-time Female Vocalist of the Year recipient, receives another nomination in the category, along with a nod for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for Relentless, while the No. 1 radio hit from that record, “I Will Not Be Moved” was nominated for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. The Grant-penned “Breathe on Me” rounds out her five nominations in the Worship Song of the Year category.

Battistelli, the New York-born singer songwriter and now Dove Award Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year nominee, burst on the Christian music scene with her summer 2008 hit “I’m Letting Go.” That song has now received Dove Award nominations for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, and her debut CD My Paper Heart was nominated for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.

Four-time Group of the Year Dove Award winners Casting Crowns will go for five with another Group of the Year nomination in 2009. The worship band’s total of five nominations includes Artist of the Year and Christmas Album of the Year for Peace on Earth. Casting Crowns also earned nods for Short Form Video for “Slow Fade” and for Long Form Video for “The Altar and the Door Live.”

Among the other Artist of the Year nominees, Steven Curtis Chapman has previously won this award seven times, the last one in 2000. Chapman, who has been touring with Michael W. Smith on the United Tour, has had renewed spotlight this past year centered on the Song of the Year nominee “Cinderella” which became an anthem for fatherhood not only on Christian radio, but worldwide. “Cinderella” is also nominated for Pop/Contemporary Recorded song and Chapman’s co-write of Bart Millard’s “You Reign” is another Song of the Year nominee.

Fireflight is recognized as Artist of the Year in the first year they have received any Dove Award nominations. The female-fronted (Dawn Richardson) rock band received national exposure as a favorite of TV networks like NBC, ABC and ESPN which have licensed their songs. Fireflight was also named one of the winners of Taco Bell's first "Best of the Beat" fan-voted contest and was named Gospel Music Channel's first "Listen Up Artist" last year. Now, they have four Dove Award nominations including Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year for Unbreakable, Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song for “Unbreakable” and Rock Recorded Song of the Year for “The Hunger.”

Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Marvin Sapp made history last year when his single "Never Would've Made It," from the gold-selling CD Thirsty, became the longest-running No. 1 single ever across all radio formats, spending a staggering 47 weeks at the top of the gospel radio charts. Earlier this year, Sapp was honored with eight Stellar Awards.

TobyMac, the current Artist of the Year recipient, finds himself nominated again this year. The headliner of the popular Winter Wonder Slam concert series, TobyMac recently won his first solo GRAMMY Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album with Alive and Transported. The concert DVD of that CD is also nominated for a Dove Award for Long Form Video of the Year.

Rounding out the Artist of the Year nominees, Third Day earns its nomination after a successful year with the release of Revelation, which is nominated for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. That CD debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart in July, landing the band on the cover of Billboard magazine. Third Day also toured with Switchfoot, Jars of Clay and Robert Randolph & The Family Band on the "Music Builds Tour" for Habitat for Humanity and performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Other artists receiving four nominations include Brandon Heath, Mary Mary, Laura Story and Michael W. Smith.

Producers and songwriters also enjoyed big nomination success this year with Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Remedy Drive) and Wayne Haun (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, HisSong) each receiving eight nods while Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Laura Story) came in with six and Jason Ingram (Brandon Heath, Meredith Andrews) and Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary, Kierra Sheard) each received five nominations.

Announcing the nominations today were Dan and Jackie Evans, the son and mother team from season five of NBC’s reality show “The Biggest Loser.” Additionally, Dan’s debut CD, Goin’ All Out, bowed at #7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart when it was released last fall. They were joined by Lisa Kimmey, former member of Out of Eden and currently a host/reporter for Gospel Music Channel.

Dove Awards will be handed out in 43 categories. The Songwriter of the Year nominees were not announced today, but will be revealed prior to the GMA Dove Awards. Dove Awards nominations go to recordings released during the eligibility year November 1, 2007 through October 31, 2008 and voted on by the members of the GMA. The complete nominations list is at www.doveawards.com. The American Bible Society (www.AmericanBible.org) is the official charity for the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards.

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music of all styles including pop, rock, praise & worship, black gospel, R&B, hip hop, southern gospel, country, and more. The GMA community consists of more than 3,000 members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Music Week and the GMA Academy. For more information, please visit www.gospelmusic.org.

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40th Annual GMA Dove Award Nominations

SONG OF THE YEAR
song title
; writer; publisher (Dove Award given to the songwriter and publisher)

    Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”; Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Traditional; sixsteps music (ASCAP), worshiptogether.com Songs (ASCAP)
    Cinderella”; Steven Curtis Chapman; Sparrow Songs (BMI)
    Empty Me”; Chris Sligh, Clint Lagerberg, Tony Wood; Foolish Tool Music (ASCAP), Word Music LLC (ASCAP), Kindacrazy Music (BMI), Row J Seat 9 Songs (ASCAP), New Spring Publishing (ASCAP), Bridge Building Music (BMI)
    Give Me Your Eyes”; Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram; Sitka 6 Music (ASCAP), Peertunes Ltd. (SESAC), Grange Hill Music (SESAC), Windsor Way (SESAC)
    I Will Not Be Moved”; Natalie Grant; Nat in the Hat (ASCAP)
    I’m Letting Go”; Francesca Battistelli, Tony Wood, Ian Eskelin; Designer Music (SESAC), Word Music LLC (ASCAP), Honest & Popular Songs (SESAC), Row J Seat 9 Songs (ASCAP), New Spring Publishing Inc. (ASCAP)
    Mighty to Save”; Ben Fielding, Joel Houston; Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (ASCAP)
    Never Going Back to OK”; Matt Fuqua, Josh Havens, Brad Wigg, Dan Muckala; Smells Like Music (ASCAP), Screaming Mimes Music (ASCAP)
    Reason Enough”; Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; Bridge Building Music (BMI), Psalmsinger Music (BMI), Ernie Sig Sound Music (BMI), Hefton Hill Music (BMI)
    You Reign”; Bart Millard, Barry Graul, Steven Curtis Chapman; Simpleville Music (ASCAP), Wet As A Fish Music (ASCAP), Sparrow Songs (BMI)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR*

    Casting Crowns
    Steven Curtis Chapman
    Fireflight
    Marvin Sapp
    Third Day
    TobyMac
    Chris Tomlin

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR*

    Addison Road
    Francesca Battistelli
    Fee
    Jonathan Nelson
    Remedy Drive
    Chris Sligh
    Tenth Avenue North

*Fans may vote in the Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year Categories. The cumulative fan vote will count for 1/3 of the total votes for these two categories. GMA member voting will count for 2/3 of the total vote.

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    Jeremy Camp
    Jon Foreman
    Ernie Haase
    Brandon Heath
    David Phelps
    Marvin Sapp
    Chris Tomlin

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

    Francesca Battistelli
    Brooke Fraser
    Karen Peck Gooch
    Natalie Grant
    Mandisa
    Sandi Patty
    Laura Story

GROUP OF THE YEAR

    Casting Crowns
    David Crowder*Band
    Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
    Mary Mary
    MercyMe
    Skillet
    Third Day

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

    Brown Bannister
    Ed Cash
    Ian Eskelin
    Wayne Haun
    Bernie Herms
    Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp

Dove Awards in Recorded Song categories are given to the artist and songwriter (if other than the artist).

RAP/HIP HOP RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Beautfiul Morning”; Reiterate; Grits featuring Pigeon John; Teron Carter, Stacy Jones, Mo Henderson, John Duncan; Revolution Art
    Do Yo Thang”; The Yearbook; KJ-52; Jonah Sorrentino; BEC Recordings/Uprok
    Joyful Noise”; Our World Redeemed; Flame featuring Lecrae & John Reilly; Marcus T. Williams-Gray, Lecrae Moore, Emanuel Lambert, Jr.; Cross Movement Records
    Pull Your Pants Up!”; Pull Your Pants Up!; Dooney “Da Priest”; Duwayne Brown; Malaco Records
    So Beautiful”; Citizen Activ; Manafest featuring Trevor McNevan; Chris Greenwood, Adam Messinger, Trevor McNevan; BEC Recordings

ROCK RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Better Man”; Satisfied; DecembeRadio; Josh Reedy, Brian Bunn, Eric Miker, Boone Daughdrill, Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records
    For The Love Of The Game”; For The Love Of The Game; Pillar; Rob Beckley, Lester Estelle, Noah Henson, Michael Wittig; Essential Records
    Lost”; End Of Silence; Red; Jasen Rauch, Rob Graves, Chad Cates; Essential Records
    Shine Like The Stars”; Expect The Impossible; Stellar Kart; Adam Agee, Ian Eskelin; Word Records
    The Hunger”; Unbreakable; Fireflight; Dawn Richardson, Justin Cox, Glenn Drennen, Wendy Drennen, Phee Shorb, Ben Glover; Flicker Records

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Find You Waiting”; Satisfied; DecembeRadio; Josh Reedy, Brian Bunn, Eric Miker, Boone Daughdrill, Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records
    Keys To The Kingdom”; Ordinary Dreamers; Group 1 Crew; Manwell Reyes, Blanca Reyes, Pablo Villatoro, Andy Anderson, Noe A. Chaparro; Fervent Records
    Never Going Back To OK”; Never Going Back To OK; The Afters; Matt Fuqua, Josh Havens, Brad Wigg, Dan Muckala; INO Records
    Unbreakable”; Unbreakable; Fireflight; Dawn Richardson, Justin Cox, Glenn Drennen, Wendy Drennen, Phee Shorb, Rob Hawkins; Flicker Records
    Washed By The Water”; The Heat; NEEDTOBREATHE; Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart; Atlantic Records

POP/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Cinderella”; This Moment – Cinderella Edition; Steven Curtis Chapman; Steven Curtis Chapman; Sparrow Records
    Give Me Your Eyes”; What If We; Brandon Heath; Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram; Reunion Records
    I Will Not Be Moved”; Relentless; Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant; Curb Records
    I’m Letting Go”; My Paper Heart; Francesca Battistelli; Francesca Battistelli, Ian Eskelin, Tony Wood; Fervent Records
    This Is Home”; Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian; Switchfoot; Jonathan Foreman, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts; Walt Disney Records

INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    A New Hallelujah”; A New Hallelujah; Michael W. Smith; Michael W. Smith, Debbie Smith, Paul Baloche; Reunion Records
    For The Glory Of You”; Windows And Walls; Mark Harris; Mark Harris, John Lemonis, Tony Wood; INO Records
    Bless The Lord”; Great God Who Saves; Laura Story; Laura Story; INO Records
    Come Thou Fount”; Roots Run Deep; Jadon Lavik; Public Domain; BEC Recordings
    Dependence”; Jamie Slocum; Jamie Slocum; Curb Records

SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Big Mighty God”; Nothin’ But Good; The Mike LeFevre Quartet; Lee Black, Sue C. Smith, Kenna West; Canaan Records
    I Believe God”; Real Faith; Brian Free & Assurance; Marty Funderburk, Steve Marshall; Daywind Records
    Reason Enough”; Dream on; Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun; Gaither Music Group
    Welcome To The Family”; Room For More; Booth Brothers; Jim Brady, Barry Weeks, Tony Wood; Daywind Records
    Yahweh”; The Ride; The Hoppers; Paula Stefanovich; Canaan Records

BLUEGRASS RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Help Is On The Way”; Help Is On The Way; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Michael E. Reed; Horizon Records
    I See A Crimson Stream”; Sounds Like Sunday; Janet Paschal; Garfield T. Haywood; Vine Records
    The Old White Flag”; You Gotta Love It!; Triumphant Quartet; Dianne Wilkinson; Daywind Records
    They’re Holding Up The Ladder”; We Are Family; Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers; Russell Easter, James Easter, Edd Easter; Daywind Records
    What Will I Wear”; I Just Wanted You To Know; Kim Hopper; Deborah Bailey; Canaan Records

COUNTRY RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Did I Make A Difference”; Front Row Seats; The Oak Ridge Boys; Rob Crosby, Bill Anderson; Spring Hill Music Group
    Good Side Of Goodbye”; Home For Now; Living Waters Trio; Wayne Haun, Dave Clark; Vine Records
    I Saw God Today”; Troubadour; George Strait; Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell, Wade Kirby; MCA Nashville
    I Wish”; How You Live Deluxe Edition; Point of Grace; Cindy Morgan, Phil Madeira; Word Records
    Jesus And John Wayne”; Lovin’ Life; Gaither Vocal Band; Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Doug Johnson, Kim Williams, Benjamin Gaither; Gaither Music Group

URBAN RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Declaration (This Is It)”; The Fight Of My Life; Kirk Franklin; Kenneth C. Loggins, Michael H. McDonald; Zomba Gospel
    Get Up”; The Sound; Mary Mary; Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Eric Dawkins; Columbia Records, Integrity Music
    Love Him Like I Do”; Revealed; Deitrick Haddon with Ruben Studdard and Mary Mary; Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell, Deitrick Haddon, Lamar Edwards; Zomba Gospel
    No Looking Back”; No Looking Back; Damita; Damita Haddon; Tyscot Records
    Not A Slave”; Life By Stereo; J.R.; Courtney Peebles; Cross Movement Records

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL RECORDED SONG
song
; album; artist; writer; label

    Cry Your Last Tear”; Cry Your Last Tear; Bishop Paul S. Morton & the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass Choir; Vashawn Mitchell; Light Records
    Deliverance”; Past And Present; Lillie Knauls; Teddy Huffman, Lillie Knauls, Wayne Haun; Vine Records
    Free At Last”; Down In New Orleans; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Traditional; Time Life Music
    God Is Good”; Love Forever Shines; Regina Belle; Bernard Belle; Pendulum Records, Walker Davis Entertainment
    Souled Out”; Souled Out; Hezekiah Walker; Estee Bullock, Nate McNair; Zomba Gospel
    Take It Back”; Take It Back; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Derrick Starks; Zomba Gospel

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL RECORDED SONG song; album; artist; writer; label

    Favor Of God”; Change The World; Martha Munizzi; Aaron Lindsey, John Rowsey; Martha Munizzi Music
    Great Grace”; Overcomer; Alvin Slaughter; Mary Alessi, Aaron Lindsey; Integrity Music
    How Great Is Our God”; How Great Is Our God; LaRue Howard; Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash; EMI Gospel
    My Name Is Victory”; Right Now Praise; Jonathan Nelson; Jonathan Nelson, Justin Savage; Integrity Music
    Shall We Gather At The River”; The Standard; Take 6; Robert Lowry; Heads Up International
    Waging War”; Thy Kingdom Come; CeCe Winans; Christopher Capehart, Brannon Tunie, CeCe Winans; PureSprings Gospel

WORSHIP SONG
song
; writer; publisher (Dove Award in the Worship Song category given to the songwriter and publisher.)

    A New Hallelujah”; Michael W. Smith, Debbie Smith, Paul Baloche; Word Music LLC, Smittyfly Music, This Is Your Time Music, Integrity’s Hosanna! Music, Leadworship Songs
    Breathe On Me”; Natalie Grant; Nat In The Hat Music
    Jesus Messiah”; Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash; worshiptogether.com Songs, Alletrop Music, sixsteps Music
    Mighty To Save”; Ben Fielding, Joel Houston; Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
    You’re Not Alone”; Meredith Andrews; Word Music LLC

Dove Awards in Album categories are given to the artist and producer (if other than the artist).

RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Citizen Activ; Manafest; Adam Messinger, Manafest, Boi-1da, Chris Stacey, Arion, Josh MacIntosh; BEC Recordings
    Ordinary Dreamers; Group 1 Crew; Andy Anderson, Christopher Stevens, Sam Mizell; Fervent Records
    Pull Your Pants Up!; Dooney “Da Priest”; Dooney “Da Priest”; Malaco Records
    Rebel; Lecrae; Joseph Prielozny, G-Styles, Dion Burroughs, Kadence, Devon Burroughs, Teddy P., Bobby Taylor, JR, k-Drama, Sixth Sense Music Productions; Reach Records
    Reiterate; Grits; Mo Henderson, T-Dogg, Anthony Johnson, Jr.; Revolution Art

ROCK ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Comatose Comes Alive; Skillet; Carl Diebold, Paul Kerby, Zachary Kelm; Ardent Records, INO Records
    For The Love Of The Game; Pillar; Travis Wyrick; Essential Records
    Satisfied; DecembeRadio; Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records
    Southern Hospitality; Disciple; Travis Wyrick; INO Records
    To Know That You’re Alive; Kutless; Peter Kipley; BEC

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Daylight Is Coming; Remedy Drive; Ian Eskelin; Word Records
    Expect The Impossible; Stellar Kart; Ian Eskelin; Word Records
    Hello; After Edmund; Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records
    Never Going Back To OK; The Afters; Dan Muckala; INO Records
    Unbreakable; Fireflight; Rob Hawkins; Flicker Records

POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Bebo Norman; Bebo Norman; Bebo Norman, Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp; BEC
    Fall And Winter; Jon Foreman; Jon Foreman; Credential Recordings, lowercase people records
    My Paper Heart; Francesca Battistelli; Ian Eskelin; Fervent Records
    Relentless; Natalie Grant; Bernie Herms, Shaun Shankel; Curb Records
    Revelation; Third Day; Howard Benson; Essential Records

INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    After The Rain; Aaron & Amanda Crabb; Tre’ Corley; Daywind Records
    Great God Who Saves; Laura Story; Ed Cash; INO Records
    Infinite Grace; Women of Faith Worship Team; Chance Scoggins; Myrrh Records
    Roots Run Deep; Jadon Lavik; Jadon Lavik, Zach Hodges, Keith E. Smith, Nic Rodriguez, Fernando Ortega, Tony Guerrero; BEC
    Songs For The Journey; Sandi Patty; David Hamilton; INO Records

SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Ephesians One; Karen Peck & New River; Bubba Smith; Daywind Records
    I Just Wanted You To Know; Kim Hopper; Dave Clark, Kim Hopper; Canaan Records
    Lovin’ Life; Gaither Vocal Band; Bill Gaither, Guy Penrod, Marshall Hall, Wes Hampton; Gaither Music Group
    On The Way Up; HisSong; Wayne Haun; Vine Records
    Room For More; Booth Brothers; Barry Weeks; Daywind Records

BLUEGRASS ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Bluegrass Worship; Various; Steve Ivey; Star Song Music
    Help Is On The Way; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Doyle Lawson; Horizon Records
    Hymns From Chigger Hill; Chigger Hill Boys & Terri; Mike Richards, Terri Argot Gore, Ricky Gore, Mark Dunham, Bobby Strangenberg, Ethan Blair, Justin Kropf; Daywind Records
    I Don’t Regret A Mile; Larry Sparks; Larry Sparks; Sparks Music
    Pickin’, Praisin’, & Singin’: Hymns From The Mountain; Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad; Bill McBee, Dale Thomas, Jerry Cole, Cody Shuler, Matt Flake; Rural Rhythm
    We Are Family; Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers; Jeff Easter, Sheri Easter; Daywind Records
    What A Journey; Paul Williams & The Victory Trio; Paul Williams; Rebel Records

COUNTRY ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Around the Bend; Randy Travis; Kyle Lehning; Warner Bros. Records
    Home For Now; Living Waters Trio; Terry Thompson; Vine Records
    Hymned Again; Bart Millard; Brown Bannister; INO Records
    I Turn To You; Richie McDonald; Frank Myers, Gary Baker, Tommy Lee James; Lucid Entertainment
    Runaway Train; Crabb Revival; Ben Isaacs, Tre’ Corley; Daywind Records

URBAN ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Bold Right Life; Kierra Sheard; Warryn Campbell, J. Drew Sheard, Asaph Ward, Gerald Haddon, Paul Allen, J Moss; EMI Gospel
    The Fight of My Life; Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin; Zomba Gospel
    Kingdom Business; Canton Jones; Canton Jones, The Music Doctorz, Carlin Muccular, Antonio Neal, Randy Harrison, Vernon Messam; Arrow Records
    No Looking Back; Damita; Gerald Haddon, Tim & Bob, Deitrick Haddon, Courtney Horton, David Garcia; Tyscot Records
    Revealed; Deitrick Haddon; Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Warryn Campbell, Blaze “The Champ”, Deitrick Haddon, Gerald Haddon, David Haddon, Tim & Bob, Percy Bady; Zomba Gospel

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    A New Day; Paul Porter; Paul Porter, David Caton, Tony Homer; Light Records
    After 40 Years... Still Sweeping Through the City; Shirley Caesar; Bubba Smith; Light Records
    Cry Your Last Tear; Bishop Paul S. Morton & the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass Choir; L. Trenton Phillips, Elvin Ross; Light Records
    Do It!; Dottie Peoples; Dottie Peoples; DP Muzik Group
    Down In New Orleans; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Chris Goldsmith; Time Life Music, Integrity Music

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Change the World; Martha Munizzi; Aaron Lindsey, Israel Houghton; Martha Munizzi Music
    Stand Out; Tye Tribbett & G.A.; Tye Tribbett II, Dana Sorey, Thaddaeus Tribbett; Columbia Records, Integrity Music
    The Sound; Mary Mary; Warryn Campbell; Columbia Records, Integrity Music
    The Standard; Take 6; Mark Kibble; Heads Up International
    Thy Kingdom Come; CeCe Winans; Tommy Sims, Christopher Capehart, Luther Hanes, Percy Bady, Cedric Caldwell, Victor Caldwell, Alvin Love III; PureSprings Gospel

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    A Treasury of Hymns; LaDonna; Eric Wyse; Martingale Music
    Always There; Harold Rayford; Antoine Chamber; Tyscot Records
    Born to Play; Barry D.; Barry D.; Taqa Records
    Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian; Various; Harry Gregson-Williams; Walt Disney Records
    Love Beyond All Measure; Stephen Petrunak; Stephen Petrunak; GIA Publications
    The Breath of Life; Angella Christie; Angella Christie, Kevin Griffen; ACSM

CHILDREN’S MUSIC ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Absolute Modern Worship for Kids 4; Phoebe Ebensberger, Emily Ebensberger, Abbie Ebensberger, Joseph O’Brien, Timmy O’Brien, Mikey O’Brien, Abbie Chapman, Meghan O’Brien, Adelaide Bauer, Kristen Bauer, Karissa Selby, Emma Rose Williamson, Tyler Beiden, Garrett Williamson; Chance Scoggins; Fervent Records
    All God’s Animals; TJ McCloud; Brandon Scott Thomas, Eric Wyse; Martingale Music
    David: Shepherd, Psalmist, Soldier, King!; Bible StorySongs; Paula King, Catherine Walker; Bible StorySongs
    Shout Praises Kids – I Am Free; Jeff Sandstrom, Kurt Goebel, Stephen Leiweke, Jeremy Redmon; Integrity Music
    Sleepytime Lullabies; Praise Baby; Matt Huesmann; Big House Kids
    Tell The World; Hillsong Kids; Julia A’Bell, Gio Galanti, Andrew Crawford, David Wakerley; Hillsong, Integrity Music

SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Abriras Las Puertas; Malin; Miguel Angel “Malin” Villagran; Integrity Music Latin
    Alabanza Y Adoracion: Del Corazon; Lucia Parker; Tom Brooks, Dario Navac; 3:16 Media
    Mi Salvacion; Ingrid Rosario; Christian Cartone; Rejoice Music
    Refrescate!; Aline Barros; Juan Salinas; Integrity Music Latin
    Rescatame; Seventh Day Slumber; Alejandro Allen, Susana Allen; BEC
    Sobrenatural; Marcos Witt; Marcos Witt; CanZion Tengo sed de Ti; Soraya Moraes; Marco Moraes; Line Records

SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Billy: The Early Years Official Motion Picture Soundtrack; Brooks & Dunn, Mac Powell, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, China Edelman, Patty Griffin, Brandon Heath, Gregory Page, Michael W. Smith, Melinda Doolittle, Roy Orbison, Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Sierra Hull, John Cowan, Harry Stinson, Ronnie Bowman, Ronnie McCoury, John Wesley Ryles; Anastasia Brown; Arista Nashville, Essential Records
    Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume One; Gaither Vocal Band, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The Grascals, Buddy Greene, The Isaacs, Gordon Mote, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Booth Brothers, George Jones, Wesley Pritchard, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, Brittany Allen, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Charlotte Ritchie, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jimmy Fortune, Dailey & Vincent, Jason Crabb, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Cherryholmes, Lisa Daggs-Charette, Vince Gill, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman; Bill Gaither; Gaither Music Group
    How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites from the Grand Ole Opry; The Charlie Daniels Band, Mac Powell, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs & The Whites, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood; Steve Gibson; Sony BMG Nashville
    Passion: God of This City; Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, David Crowder*Band, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Fee, Matt Redman; Nathan Nockels; Sparrow Records, sixsteps Records
    Your Name; Joel Auge, Leeland Mooring, Paul Baloche, Aaron Shust, Phil Wickham, Josh Reedy, Ayiesha Woods, Ian Eskelin, Mark Stuart, Vicky Beeching, Jared Anderson, Christy Johnson, Sean Loche, Aaron Boyd, Jason Roy, Wes Willis, Lincoln Brewster, Adam Agee; Ian Eskelin; Integrity Music

CHRISTMAS ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    Christmas Gaither Vocal Band Style; Gaither Vocal Band; Russell Mauldin; Gaither Music Group
    Christmas Songs; Fernando Ortega; John Andrew Schreiner, Fernando Ortega; Curb Records
    Home for Christmas; BarlowGirl; Otto Price; Fervent Records, Curb Records
    O Holy Night; Sara Groves; Ben Shive; INO Records
    Peace on Earth; Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Mark A. Miller; Beach Street

PRAISE & WORSHIP ALBUM
album
; artist; producer; label

    A New Hallelujah; Michael W. Smith; Michael W. Smith; Reunion Records
    Great God Who Saves; Laura Story; Ed Cash; INO Records
    Hello Love; Chris Tomlin; Ed Cash; Sparrow Records; sixsteps Records
    Opposite Way; Leeland; Matt Bronleewe; Essential Records
    The Invitation; Meredith Andrews; Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp; Word Records

Dove Awards in the Musical and Choral categories are given to the creators.

MUSICAL
title
; creator; publisher (award given to creator and publisher)

    Child of Wonder; Lari Goss, Rob Howard; Word Music
    East to West; Gary Rhodes; Word Music
    God Bless the USA; Sue C. Smith, Joel Lindsey, Russell Mauldin; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
    Savior; David Moffitt, Sue C. Smith, Travis Cottrell; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
    The Risen Christ; Don Cason, Karla Worley; Clear Call Music

YOUTH/CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
title
; creator; publisher

    An Island Christmas; Wayne Haun, Shelby Haun, Joel Lindsey; Lillenas Publishing Company
    Angels We Have Heard; Dave Clark, Jayme Thompson; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
    It’s a Wonder-Full Life; Pam Andrews, Luke Gambill; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
    Lifesong; Sue C. Smith, Simon Hawkins, Kris Crunk; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
    The Christmas County Spelling Bee; Celeste Clydesdale; Clydesdale & Clydesdale, Word Music

CHORAL COLLECTION
title
; creator; publisher

    Cradle That Rocked The World; Geron Davis, Christopher Phillips, Jukka Palonen; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
    Glorious Day; David Moffitt, Sue C. Smith, Travis Cottrell; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
    He Still Leads – Christ Church Choir; Landy Gardner, Joy Gardner, Christopher Phillips; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
    I’ll Say Yes; Carol Cymbala; Word Music
    Make a Joyful Noise; Regi Stone; Word Music

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING
product
; art director; graphic artist; illustrator, photographer; label (Dove Award in the Recorded Music Packaging category given to the art director, graphic artist, illustrator and photographer.)

    Hawk Nelson... Is My Friend (Hawk Nelson); Invisible Creature; Don Clark; Don Clark; Jeremy Cowart, Neil Visel; BEC Recordings
    Remedy Club Tour Edition (David Crowder*Band); Shelley Giglio, David Crowder; Gary Dorsey; Brody Harper; Sparrow Records, sixsteps records
    Revelation (Third Day); Tim Parker, Beka Blackburn; Tim Parker; David Mcalister, RW Sims; Essential Records
    Storm the Gates of Hell Deluxe Edition (Demon Hunter); Invisible Creature; Ryan Clark; Shane McCauley, David Stuart, Greg Lutze, Ethan Luck; Solid State Records
    The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole (Trenches); Invisible Creature; Ryan Clark; Solid State Records

Dove Awards in the Video categories are given to the artist, director and producer (if other than the artist).

SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
title
; artist; director; producer; production company; label

    "Daylight"; Remedy Drive; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Word Records
    "Fan Mail"; KJ-52; Sam Sanchez; Sam Sanchez; Difted Productions; BEC
    "In the Valley of the Dying Sun"; House of Heroes; Danny Yourd; Steve Hoover; Endeavor Media; Mono vs. Stereo
    "Movin’"; Group 1 Crew; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Dan Atchison; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Fervent Records
    "Slow Fade"; Casting Crowns; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Beach Street

LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO
title
; artist; director; producer; production company; label

    "Alive and Transported"; tobyMac; Eric Welch; Tameron Hedge, Dan Pitts; Broken Poet Productions; Forefront Records
    "Comatose Comes Alive"; Skillet; Carl Diebold; Carl Diebold, Paul Kerby, Zachary Kelm; Atlantic, Lava , Ardent, INO Records
    "Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume One"; Bill & Gloria Gaither; Doug Stuckey; Bill Gaither; Gaither Television Productions; Gaither Music Group
    "O Holy Night"; David Phelps; David Phelps, Jimmy Abegg; David Phelps, Jim Chaffee, Jimmy Abegg, Ben Pearson; MG&A; Word Records
    "The Altar and the Door Live"; Casting Crowns; Cary Goin; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Beach Street


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