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Southern Gospel Dove Award Nominees in 2015
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The nominees for the 46th annual GMA Dove Awards have been announced recently from the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Jason Crabb, Joseph Habedank, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and GMA Executive Director/President Jackie Patillo were among those at the press conference.

The theme of this year’s award show is “Better Together,” which focuses on the strength in unity. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena at 6:30 p.m. CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 18.

Below is a list of all Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel artists and industry members who were nominated this year. This is not a complete listing of all nominees for each category. For a complete list, visit doveawards.com/nominees.

Note: At the time of writing, the Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Songwriter (non-artist) of the Year were not yet announced.

SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gaither Vocal Band
, Spring House Music Group

Booth Brothers
, Spring Hill Music Group

Collingsworth Family, Stowtown Records

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, StowTown Records

The Isaacs, Spring House Music Group


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Wayne Haun


INSPIRATIONAL SONG OF THE YEAR

“Ghost Town (Freedom)” – David Phelps, (writer) David Phelps


SOUTHERN GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR

“Happy People” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey

“Sometimes It Takes a Mountain” – Gaither Vocal Band, (writers) Mark Mathes, Gloria Gaither

“What A Happy Time” – Goodman Revival, (arrangers) Michael Sykes, Johnny Minick

“Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Karen Peck Gooch, Dave Clark and Michael Farren

“Hidden Heroes” – The Talleys, (writers) Dixie Lynn Phillips and Sharon Phillips


BLUEGRASS SONG OF THE YEAR

“Stacking Up Rocks” – Balsam Range, (writer) Buddy Melton

“Mighty To Save” – Chigger Hill Boys & Terri (writers) Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan

“He Made The Tree” – Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, (writers) Tom Botkin and Donnie Skaggs

“God Is There” – Lizzy Long & Rhonda Vincent, (writers) Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey

“Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" (ft. Rhonda Vincent) – Volume Five, (writers) Dolly Parton and Dorothy Jo Owens


COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR

“I Saw The Light” – Alabama (writer) Hank Williams, Sr.

 “I’ll Be There With You” – Doug Anderson (writers) Shelby Haun, Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey

“Ain’t It Just Like The Lord” – Gordan Mote, (writers) Lee Black, Jason Cox, Kenna Turner West

“I Wanna Be There” – The Isaacs, (writers) Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman

“Sweet Jesus" (ft. Merle Haggard) – The Oak Ridge Boys (writers) Merle Haggard, Kenny Vernon


WORSHIP SONG OF THE YEAR

“Because He Lives (Amen)” – Matt Maher, (writers) Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Gloria Gaither, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Bill Gaither


INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A Cappella – The Martins, (producers) Michael English, Lari Goss, The Martins, David Phelps, Matthew Holt


SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Sometimes It Takes a Mountain – Gaither Vocal Band, (producers) Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs, David Phelps

Songs in the Key of Happy – Goodman Revival, (producers) Michael Sykes, Johnny Minick

Threads of Mercy – Ivan Parker, (producer) Roger Talley

Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River, (producer) Wayne Haun

Living in Harmony – Triumphant, (producer) Wayne Haun


BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Angels Among Us – Alabama, (producers) Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen

Worship Him – John Bowman, (producer) John Bowman

Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites – The Oak Ridge Boys, (producers) Ben Isaacs, Duane Allen


CHILDREN’S MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Kids – The Hoppers, (producer) Mike Hopper


CHRISTMAS ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Christmas – Guy Penrod, (producer) Michael Omartian


MUSICAL OF THE YEAR


The Cross Changes Everything, (creators) Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey

We’re Glad You Came (A Musical Celebration of the Savior’s Birth), (creators) Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey