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APPEARANCES FOR THE 42nd ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS’ ANNOUNCED VIA TWITTER BY DOVE AWARDS' HOST TV PERSONALITY AND COMEDIENNE SHERRI SHEPHERD

The list includes Francesca Battistelli, Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant,
Mary Mary, Comedienne Chonda Pierce, Marvin Sapp and Chris Tomlin

The Dove Awards To Be Held On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 At The Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta

Tickets For The Televised Show On Sale Now

42nd GMA Dove Awards Televised on GMC on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at
7:00 p.m. ET.

Fans Can Vote For “Artist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year” Categories at
www.watchgmctv.com




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NEWS SOURCE: Wortman Works
March 8, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN (March 8, 2011) – The first round of appearances was announced today by this year's host for the upcoming Dove Awards. TV personality and comedienne Sherri Shepherd tweeted today the first list of performers for the upcoming 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Atlanta, GA's historic Fox Theatre. Francesca Battistellli, Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, Comedienne Chonda Pierce, Marvin Sapp and Chris Tomlin are the first to be announced for Gospel Music’s biggest night of the year. The awards show will be televised on GMC, America's favorite network for uplifting music and entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Each one of these artists has an outstanding resume in the world of music. Female vocalist nominees Francesica Battistelli (reigning female vocalist) and Natalie Grant are multi-Dove Award winners and are known to take the house down with their soaring vocal skills. Award-winning and top selling male vocalists Crabb, Sapp and Tomlin, will all bring a diverse and powerful skill set to the table as vocalist, writers and performers. Seven time Dove Awards winners Mary Mary is marching into the spring with a new release that is garnering major media attention.

The GMA Dove Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, will feature artists from every style of Gospel/Christian music coming together for an exciting evening of music and celebration.

Dove Awards will be handed out in 43 categories. The Dove Awards nominations go to recordings released during the eligibility year from November 1, 2009 through October 31, 2010 and voted on by the members of the GMA. The complete list of nominations is available at www.gospelmusic.org. More exciting appearances will be announced soon.

Tickets to the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Fox Theatre box office in Atlanta or at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices range from $25.00 - $200.00. The phone number for Ticketmaster is (800) 745-3000.

Fans can now vote for the Dove Awards’ top honors in the “Artist of the Year,” and “New Artist of the Year” at www.watchgmctv.com. The cumulative fan vote will account for one-third of the total vote count in each of the two categories.

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, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community consists of 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 Dove Week and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376.

About GMC:
GMC (www.watchgmctv.com), the fastest-growing network in television and the number one digital network in perceived value (source: BETA Research), is America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. In 2010, The Parents Television Council™ awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC was the only television network to receive the highly coveted honor last year.

GMC can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.

About Sherri Shepherd:
Whether on stage or on screen, Daytime® Emmy Award-winner Sherri Shepherd’s magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight audiences around the world. Aside from co-hosting “The View” on ABC, Shepherd is currently the host of “The Newlywed Game” on the GSN Network, and a frequent guest star as Tracy Morgan’s wife, Angie Jordan, on the Emmy award-winning series “30 Rock.” Along with numerous television and film rolls, Shepherd was featured in the award-winning film “Precious based on the novel Push by Sapphire” and will soon be seen in the upcoming feature “One for the Money.” Shepherd is the author of a humorous autobiography, Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break (Grand Central Publishing). As a celebrity spokesperson for March of Dimes, Shepherd kicked off 2010’s “March for Babies” by ringing the opening bel l of the New York Stock Exchange. She is also the national spokesperson for the YAI National Institute. Shepherd was awarded the 2010 Superstar Award at The Dusable Museum of African American History in Chicago and the 2010 BraveHeart Women Authenticity Award from BraveHeart Women Global Community recognizing her work as a trailblazer who inspires women and helping to create change in the world.

About the Fox Theatre:
The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere venues for live entertainment. The Fox’s 4,678 seat theatre is booked more than 300 performances a year ranging from Broadway to rock to comedy to movies. In December 2009, Billboard Magazine ranked the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as "The #1 non-residency venue worldwide for the decade (5,000 seats or less)."

The Fox Theatre is located on Peachtree Street in the middle of the city. Not only is it on the National Historic Register, but it is one of the most beloved landmarks in the city because it is a real memory maker for the citizens of Atlanta. They may have come here to see their first performance or Broadway show; they had their first date here, and maybe even had their first kiss in the balcony. Our ballrooms are spectacular and have hosted everything from Sweet 16s to weddings and corporate events.

For more information on these performers, please go to www.wortmanworks.com in the Dove Awards client section for bios and photos.

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