Third Day Aims at Nine Doves

Atlanta rock band Third Day, together
with lead vocalist Mac Powell, has received an amazing nine Dove Award
nominations, leading the nominees for the most prestigious award presented
annually by the Gospel Music Association. With the success of its fastest
selling and critically acclaimed recording, Offerings – A Worship Album,
Third Day garnered its first Dove nominations for Artist of the Year, Male
Vocalist of the Year (Mac Powell), and Praise & Worship Album of the Year.
The band also received nods for Group of the Year, Rock Recorded Song of the
Year, Pop/Contemporary Record Song of the Year, and others.
As the Dove nominations were announced this morning at a press conference
held in Nashville, Third Day was informed this afternoon of the nominations
while on its tour of Australia and New Zealand. Calling in route to the
Parachute Music Festival in New Zealand, Third Day member Mac Powell
responded to the news, “It’s an honor for Third Day to be recognized so
overwhelmingly by our peers at radio, retail and the industry. We are
humbled by this and thankful to direct our praise to the Creator of the art
in us.”
Although not present at the Dove Awards conference, Third Day was able to
speak via phone following the conference with several news organizations
requesting interviews, including the Associated Press, USA Today and The
Tennessean (Nashville).
“With these nominations, Third Day puts an exclamation point on the most
successful year in Third Day’s and Essential Records’ history!” remarks
Robert Beeson, Essential Records president. “Together with the recent
Grammy nomination, the recognition Third Day is receiving from the media,
fans and industry, is solidifying the band’s position as a leader in its
genre.”
“The adventure is just beginning for Third Day,” quipped David Huffman,
Creative Trust sr. VP of marketing and management operations. “The guys
have been working very hard and are in the best spiritual, personal and
career space since we began working with them. We are glad to see the
industry recognizing the impact and connection Third Day is making with our
culture.”
With 18 total Dove nominations to its credit, Third Day’s nine nominations
today follow its recent Grammy Award nomination. Its third nomination in
the category, Offerings – A Worship Album received a nod from the Recording
Academy for Best Rock Gospel Album. The band has been nominated for a
Grammy in the same category for its previous two recordings, Time and
Conspiracy No. 5.
The Dove and Grammy Award nominations cap a year of significant
achievements. Billboard named Third Day as one of the top 10 contemporary
Christian Recording Artists in its recent year-end issue. With Offerings –
A Worship Album, Third Day also holds the year 2000 title for the longest
running No. 1 project from any artist or group as reported by SoundScan on
the Top Christian Albums chart. The album spent an incredible six weeks at
the top of chart. Offerings – A Worship Album further captured the No. 1
position on the elusive Rock sales chart an amazing 15 weeks after it was
released July 11, 2000.
In addition to sales, Offerings – A Worship Album is enjoying multi-format
radio success. The album has garnered the band its 14th No. 1 song with the
live version of “Your Love Oh Lord.” The studio version of the song is from
Time, which was named Rock Album of the Year during last year’s annual Dove
Award ceremony. The band’s current rock single from Time, “Never Bow Down,”
hit the top 10 after just two weeks in rotation and continues to climb.
Receiving highest debut honors on the Christian Hits (CHR) chart, the band’s
song from Offerings – A Worship Album, “These Thousand Hills,” is also
Hitbound on the Adult Contemporary chart. On radio in year 2000 alone,
Third Day spent eleven full weeks at No. 1 spanning both the Christian Hits
(CHR) and Rock radio charts (The CCM Update). The band also spent four more
weeks at No. 1 on the radio charts with the song “God of Wonders” from City
On A Hill – Songs Of Worship And Praise.
Produced by Monroe Jones (Dove nominated for producer of the year) and the
band, Offerings – A Worship Album combines the band’s heart for worship with
its unparalleled live show. The album includes six live concert versions of
Third Day worship favorites, such as “Agnus Dei” and “My Hope Is You.”
Offerings – A Worship Album further features five completely new worship
songs, including another hit radio single, “King of Glory.” Third Day also
gives their own rootsy southern-edged rock treatment to a Bob Dylan classic,
the title cut from his critically acclaimed album, Saved.
Responding to Third Day’s presentation of praise and worship music, fans
recently caused Third Day to change its touring plans. Although originally
planning to take some time off from the road following its tour of Australia
and New Zealand, Third Day, facing mounting pressure from the industry, and
more importantly, the band’s fans, discarded its former plans and will
launch a 30 to 35-city Winter/Spring 2001 Offerings Tour beginning Feb. 16.
Updated periodically, the tour itinerary can be found at www.third-day.com.

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