Ileana Garces Garners Grammy Nod

One Voice Records Latin-pop recording artist Ileana Garces received her first Latin Grammy nomination
today when The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the Third Annual Latin
Grammy Awards. Today’s nomination puts Garces in a class by herself as the first female vocalist to be nominated for
both a Latin Grammy and a Dove Award for her debut project. The Spanish-language version of Garces’ album El Amor
Tiene Un Valor (Dare to Love), released simultaneously in English and Spanish, received a Latin Grammy nomination in
the newly established Best Christian Album category.
Garces has received amazing attention in both the CCM market and the Hispanic market since her album’s 2001 release,
garnering a performance on the Gospel Music Association’s 2002 national Dove Awards telecast, as well as coverage in
such respected publications as Billboard, CCM Magazine, Christian Retailing and CBA Marketplace. Garces has
recently taped an upcoming television special for the La Familia Television Network and a television special for the
Univision network1s prestigious Primer Impacto.
The Latin Grammy Awards were established in 2000 to represent the continued growth and diversity of Latin music. This
year, two new categories have been added –Best Contemporary Tropical Album and Best Christian Album. Among those
nominated for Best Christian Album, Garces is the not only the sole performer whose first album has been nominated for
both a Latin Grammy and a Dove Award, but she is the only female solo artist and the only new artist in the group of nominees, which also includes Padre Marcelo Rossi (Paz- Ao Vivo), Roberto
Orellana (Mi Nuevo Amor), Rabito (Viva La Vida) and 33DC (Ven, Es Tiempo de Adorarle). Earlier this year, Garces also
received a nomination for Best International Artist in Brazil’s Trofeu Talento Awards, up against such heavy hitters as Jaci
Velasquez, Michael W. Smith and Hispanic hitmaker Marcos Witt.
“It’s such an honor to be the first female artist to represent the Christian community in the Best Christian Album category of
the Latin Grammys,” says Garces. “I really feel like a winner by just being nominated. I never imagined that my first album
would reap such an acknowledgment, which, in turn, I dedicate to my mother.”
Ileana’s mother, acclaimed Latin songwriter Mayda Garces, penned the lyrics to all of the songs on El Amor Tiene Un
Valor (Dare to Love). Mayda Garces was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and while she was battling for her life,
Ileana’s accomplishments brought moments of great joy to the family. They are overjoyed today, not only because of this
important nomination, but also because Mayda Garces is now completely free from the cancer.
El Amor Tiene Un Valor (Dare to Love) is distributed by Provident Distribution in the U.S. and Latin Door Distribution
to the Hispanic market.


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