Music History

American Idol’s Gospel Music Artists — A Look Back

The influence of the “American Idol®” television series on the popularity of gospel music and the influence of gospel music on “American Idol” has given gospel performers an unprecedented platform in the limelight. Singers from gospel music backgrounds have done well on “American Idol” since the beginning, as have those contestants who have professed their faith. Winners Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia and Jordin Sparks and finalists Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, George Huff, Chris Sligh, Phil Stacey, Melinda Doolittle and…

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Music History: List of 2012 Gospel Music Week Dove Award Nominees

As announced in GMA Announces 2012 Dove Award Nominees, the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Award Nominees have been released. The list of the 2012 Dove Award Nominees is as follows: Song of the Year “Alive” Natalie Grant; Bernie Herms and Nichole Nordeman; Wow Partners; Wow Partners “Blessings” Laura Story; Laura Story; New Spring Publishing (ASCAP), Laura Stories (ASCAP); Fair Trade “Celebrate Me Home” Perrys; Joel Lindsey & Wayne Haun; PsalmSinger Music; Daywind Records “Glorious Day (Living He Loved…

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Music History: Singer Whitney Houston found dead at 48

Gospel and pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead at 48 on Feb. 11, 2012, the eve of the Grammy Awards. The cause of death is not yet known, but early reports indicate drugs were found nearby. Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the site of the music industry’s prestigious pre-Grammy party. Clive Davis, host of the Grammy party, discovered Houston’s body. It was Davis who originally discovered a young Houston when she sang with her…

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