National Gospel Happening in Australia

More than 150 Christian and community stations across Australia will unite to air a radio special focussing on the National Gospel Happening (NGH) this month.
Hosted by Greg Newman (Jock’s Journal, Light FM), the program features interviews with Jimmy Little, Vika Bull (Vika and Linda), and Roma Waterman, and introduces new songs from Vika and Linda Bull (“Raise Your Voices”), Roma Waterman (“I Was Carried”) and Aliki Flodine (“Touch of the Master’s Hand”).
ComRadSat (The Community Radio satellite) will distribute the program through its network on 14 November.
The National Gospel Happening (NGH) has announced the finalists for the Australian Gospel Music Awards (AGMA).
Affectionately known as the ‘Angels’, the awards span the musical spectrum from worship to hip hop, rock, country and sacred with many more styles in between.
Speaking at Canberra’s Memorial Hall where the Australian Gospel Music Awards will be held next month, NGH Chairman Hans van de Zandt says the awards represent the depth and breadth of Christian and gospel music in Australia today.

“It’s a strength that I’m glad is reflected in this year’s finalists,” van de Zandt says.
Artists vying for the coveted Golden Gospel Award are Vika and Linda Bull, Francine Bell, Roma Waterman and Mick McIvor.
The Golden Gospel is the sector’s peak honor awarded to performers and personalities that have contributed significantly to the development of Gospel Music in Australia.
The 2002 Golden Gospel Award winner was Jimmy Little the first Australian artist with a number one gospel hit “Royal Telephone” in 1963, as well as the first indigenous performer to have a national hit recording.
Finalists for the inaugural Best Independent Gospel Artist Award are Christian City Church Oxford Falls, CCC Youth, Sons of Korah, Roma Waterman, and Carter & Carter.
Five new artists are finalists for the inaugural Best New Gospel Artist Award. These are Deb Fung, Justin Michael, Citrus, Me + Ty, and The Darlow Show.
National Gospel Happening will announce songwriting finalists soon.
Canberra’s Memorial Hall will host the Australian Gospel Music Awards on 22 November 2003. The awards are a feature of this year’s National Gospel Happening.

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