GMA Journal: The Dove Awards

Last night Christian Activities web designer Lauree Leyland joined me at the GEC to take
notes and photos at the 34th Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards presentation, held in
Nashville, TN. This year the “Photo Pit” seemed to be the illegitimate redheaded stepchild
of the media rooms as there were no refreshments and few chairs available, and a few artists were herded past us without stopping in a rush for better photo ops in front of the TV cameras. That being said, it was still a wonderful opportunity to catch up with some of
our favorite artists and get some cool photos which we will share with you soon.
Nichole Nordeman (with seven) and Michael W. Smith (with six) led winners at the Dove Awards which were hosted by Steven Curtis Chapman and CeCe Winans.

A very pregnant Nichole Nordeman took top honors garnering seven Dove Awards. Nordeman nabbed trophies for Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year (for “Holy”) – with the award going twice to Nordeman as songwriter and performer, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (for Woven & Spun) as well as Special Event album of the Year (for her participation on City On A Hill-Sing Alleluia) and the evening’s final award, Song of the Year (for “Holy”). Nordeman comments about her numerous awards, “It continues to be a strange experience to write songs with such a personal message to share and then be awarded for them. I am so humbled and grateful and reminded how God uses each of us. This is an unbelievable pleasure.”

Michael W. Smith (Reunion Records), who garnered a total of six Dove Awards including Artist of the Year, for the second consecutive year, as well as his first Dove
Award for Male Vocalist of the Year. Worship Again was awarded the Dove for Praise & Worship Album of the
Year while the Worship DVD/video took the honor for Long Form Music Video of the Year. Smith both performed on and
produced each project. Following last evening’s presentations, Michael’s career Dove Award count is 40.

On the heels of celebrating their fourth RIAA gold certification earlier
this week Essential Records rock band Third Day claimed its third consecutive Group of
the Year Dove Award, a rare
event in the history of the Gospel Music Association, along with Doves for Best Rock
Recorded Song “40
Days.” (Each band member also received a Dove for writing the song.) Third Day also
garnered a Dove Special Event Album for their contribution to Essential Records’ project
City On A Hill – Sing Alleluia. The band received their third Dove of the evening for
Rock Recorded Song. The group-penned “40 Days” also offered each band member a
Dove honor for their role as song writers.
This is the fourth consecutive year where Third Day has been honored in this category.
“It’s a complete honor for us to win Group of the Year for the third year in a row. We’re
also really excited
about receiving a Dove again for Rock Song of the Year. We absolutely don’t take any of
this for granted.
It’s such a blessing, and also a reminder, that so many people are so supportive of what we
do as Third Day
and how they have allowed us the opportunity to have great impact around the world,”
commented band
member Tai Anderson.

Jars of Clay was recognized in the
Modern Rock/Alternative Album category for The Eleventh Hour. Third Day, Jars of
Clay, FFH,
Caedmon’s Call and Bebo Norman all received Doves for their involvement with Essential
worship-based, multi-artist City On A Hill series, which was awarded a Dove for Special
Event Album.
Rounding out the awards for the label was the New Artist of the Year recipient, Paul
Colman Trio.
The best-selling modern worship brand City on a Hill adds another Dove Award to its growing list of accolades. Last night at the 34th Annual Dove Awards, City on a Hill – Sing Alleluia won for Special Event Album, the series’ second trophy in that category since 2000. Essential Records participating artists Bebo Norman, FFH, Caedmon’s Call, Jars of Clay and Third Day also received awards for their contribution to the project.
The record’s producer, Steve Hindalong, and co-producer, Marc Byrd, took home statuettes for their work with City on a Hill – Sing Alleluia as well. Hindalong comments, “I’m continually grateful for and surprised by how the industry has embraced this series. I was especially pleased to share last night’s victory with Marc Bryd, who played a crucial role in the creative process. The great thing about City on a Hill is getting to share it with so many people.” This year also marks Hindalong’s third consecutive nomination in the category of Producer of the Year.

Essential Records’ Paul Colman Trio took top honors at last evening’s 34th Annual Dove Awards ceremony held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. Less than a year since the release of its debut label project, New Map of the World, pc3 walked away with the coveted New Artist of the Year title. The award ushers in the close of a phenomenal debut year for the band.
The band’s inclusion among leading new talents Big Daddy Weave, Daily Planet, Jeff Deyo, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Worship Circus and SoulJahz validates many years of hard work for the Aussie imports.
“This win is particularly meaningful to us because it has been so difficult getting to where we are today having started out in Australia,” says frontman Paul Colman. “Not only does this award validate to our wives, who we uprooted from their homes and families, that our music is affecting people, but it also serves as a platform for spreading our message about being reconciled to God and to each other.”

Three-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin came home with the Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year for his 2002 album, The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin, which Billboard
Magazine named the Top Gospel album of 2002. Franklin also presented several awards at the ceremony
along with football star Kurt Warner. We caught up with Kirk after the show in the GEC’s underbelly and he was all smiles and jokes as he greeted friends and posed for photos.
One special moment for me was catching up with David and Nicole Mullin after the show and seeing their precious new baby. David Mullin was the first cover story Christian Activities ever did and I was proud to see him win an award for Best Children’s Album.

Another stellar moment was my chair collapsing when I hopped on it to take a photo of Amy Grant and Vince Gill (“At least they will never forget you,” comforted my friend Lauree.
All in all it was an eventful night and hopefully one that will bring honor to the Lord in spite of ourselves.
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