(Nashville, Tenn.) February 20, 2009 – Veteran rock band Third Day garnered three GMA Dove Award Nominations this morning as nominees were announced at a press conference in Nashville, Tenn. Third Day received recognition in the coveted Artist of the Year and Group of the Year categories, and in the Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, for its successful Revelation project.
Revelation debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard Top 200 chart in July, landing the band on the cover of Billboard magazine and a performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
In addition, Mac Powell, Third Day’s lead vocalist, received a nomination for his high-energy performance of, “I’ll Fly Away,” with The Charlie Daniels Band on How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites from the Grand Ole Opry, nominated in the Special Event Album category. The band’s Revelation project also was nominated in the Recorded Music Packaging category.
For the first time, fans have an opportunity to vote for the winner of Artist of the Year along with New Artist of the Year. Fan voting, which will be conducted through the Gospel Music Channel website (www.gospelmusicchannel.com) and at www.doveawards.com, will open on Feb. 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.
Dove Awards will be handed out Thursday, April 23rd at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN and broadcast live nationwide on Gospel Music Channel.
A long-time proponent of allowing fans glimpses into their lives and passions, both on and off the stage, Third Day let the cameras and tape recorders roll freely on several dates of its recent tour, yielding a “must-have” piece for Third Day fans: Live Revelations: On Stage, Off Stage, Backstage, which releases on April 7.
Fans can catch Third Day on the road this spring as it kicks off its 34-city Revelation Tour on March 5 in Champaign, Ill. The band will deliver its trademark, high-energy live show with special guests, GMA’s reigning ‘New Artist of the Year’ and Double GRAMMY Nominee, Brandon Heath and high-energy, Australian pop/rock band, Revive. For an updated list of tour dates and markets, please visit, www.ThirdDay.com.
About Third Day:
Over the past decade, rock band Third Day (made up of members Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr and Mark Lee) has racked up 26 No. 1 radio singles and sold close to seven million albums. The band has garnered 23 career Dove Awards, three GRAMMY Awards (with eight career nominations), an American Music Award, three AMA nominations and multiple ASCAP honors.
One of the top-ranked touring bands according to Pollstar magazine, Third Day has played for audiences reaching into the millions. Due to its mass appeal, Third Day has been featured by top media outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (NBC), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), ABC’s “Nightline,” USA Today, New York Times and even graced the cover of Billboard magazine (June 7, 2008).
While celebrated for its live shows and chart-topping album sales, Third Day is also highly respected for its humanitarian efforts. The band actively supports the ONE Campaign, Blood:Water Mission, Habitat for Humanity and World Vision. Third Day recently established the "Come Together Fund" as a vehicle to direct a portion of concert proceeds to grassroots humanitarian efforts around the world.
For more information on Third Day, visit the JFH Artists Database.
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