Seattle, WA...February 24, 2009...Last Friday the 40th Annual Gospel Music Award nominees were announced in Nashville, Tennessee, which included 13 nominations for BEC Recordings / Tooth & Nail Records / Solid State Records that included four "albums" of the year in respective categories. Among those nominated were Jeremy Camp, who received his fifth "Male Vocalist of the Year" nomination (winner 2004, 2005), along with two nominations each for hip-hop artist Manafest (Hip Hop Song/Album), Jadon Lavik (Inspirational Song/Album), and KJ-52 (Hip Hip Song/Short Form Music Video).
In addition, Bebo Norman received his second Dove nomination on BEC Recordings, following his Christmas album nod in 2008. This year he was nominated for his studio self-titled release on the West Coast label, which garnered much praise. Other album nominations included "Rock Album" for the raved about "To Know that You're Alive" from Kutless, and the first Spanish nomination on the label from Seventh Day Slumber, "Rescatame." Once again dominating the "Recorded Music Packaging" category, the label(s) held three of the five nominations, including the GRAMMY-nominated packaging for "Hawk Nelson Is My Friend" (designer Don Clark).
BEC Recordings, Tooth&Nail Records, and Solid State Records are excited about what 2009 holds as they anticipate great new releases from Emery, Thousand Foot Krutch, Hawk Nelson, August Burns Red and many more stellar projects down the pipe, in addition to new artists And Then There Were None, Phillip LaRue, and Jaymes Reunion.
2009 Gospel Music Award / Dove Nominees:
Male Vocalist of the Year:
Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song:
"Do Yo Thang" KJ-52, The Yearbook
"So Beautiful" Manafest, Citizen Activ
Inspirational Recorded Song:
"Come Thou Fount" Jadon Lavik, Roots Run Deep
Rap/ Hip Hop Album:
Citizen Activ, Manafest
To Know That You're Alive, Kutless
Bebo Norman, Bebo Norman
Roots Run Deep, Jadon Lavik
Recorded Music Packaging:
Hawk Nelson is My Friend, Hawk Neslon
Storm the Gates of Hell Deluxe Edition, Demon Hunter (Solid State Records)
The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole, Trenches (Solid State Records)
Short Form Music Video:
"Fan Mail," KJ-52
Spanish Language Album:
Rescatame, Seventh Day Slumber
About BEC Recordings:
Originally launched as a more commercially minded side of Tooth & Nail Records in 1997, BEC Recordings has since expanded with its own identity into one of the music industry's most celebrated imprints. BEC Recordings was placed on the map with artists such as Jeremy Camp, KJ-52, Kutless, and Falling Up, when the label began to receive significant CHR or AC radio attention. BEC artists soon became a staple at both formats. Outside of breaking through in multiple radio formats (a trend that continued with Hawk Nelson, Adie, Mainstay, Seventh Day Slumber, Telecast and many more) BEC also branched out to audiences from all walks of life, as evidenced by its increased presence in literally every facet of pop culture (including movie soundtracks, major retailer advertising campaigns and countless package tours). Come 2009, those trends continue with the aforementioned, along with viable newcomers to BEC, such as acclaimed tunesmith Bebo Norman, pop/acoustic artist Phillip LaRue plus pop/rocker Jaymes Reunion (all of whom Ebel hints are "destined to follow in the label pioneers footsteps"). For more information on BEC Recordings, visit www.becrecordings.com .
About Tooth & Nail Records:
What began in a bedroom over a decade ago has grown organically to become the enthusiastic support system behind many of the most important rock bands operating, including Underoath, Emery, Hawk Nelson, Thousand Foot Krutch and The Almost. With headquarters in Seattle and offices in Nashville, Tennessee and elsewhere, Tooth & Nail Records is also the parent company to Solid State Records (Demon Hunter, Haste The Day) and BEC Recordings (Jeremy Camp, Kutless). Label founder Brandon Ebel became immersed in the network of musicians, clubs, fanzines and promoters who were making waves with bands whose positive messages (whether translated through melodic punk or heavy rock) and creative, inspired music. Driven to this unique perspective, the music press has caught on and embraced many T&N bands the kids already knew. With new signings like Family Force 5, Copeland, Capital Lights and The Becoming injecting fresh life into the company, Tooth & Nail continues to be a vital, dominant presence in the contemporary music scene. For more information, visit www.toothandnail.com .
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