Multi-award-winning national recording artists the Gaither Vocal Band were honored to receive five Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE Award nominations for the 2013 awards as announced at the recent GMA press conference which was held at Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
The legendary quintet received a nod for Song of the Year for their hit “Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored,” written by Bill Gaither and Larry Gatlin, as well as two nominations for their current, chart-climbing radio single, “Glorious Freedom,” written by Harold Lillenas and Alfred Judson and arranged by the Gaither Vocal Band. Found on their latest recording, Pure and Simple (Gaither Music Group), “Glorious Freedom” is nominated for both Southern Gospel Performance of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year.
Pure and Simple, produced by Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs, Michael English and David Phelps, is nominated for Southern Gospel Album of the Year; and the song “Come to Jesus,” also found on the release, has earned a nod for Bluegrass Song of the Year. Featuring iconic tenor David Phelps, “Come to Jesus” was written and previously recorded by Mindy Smith.
Phelps, nominated for 11 DOVES this year, is also nominated as a solo artist for “The Dream,” which is nominated for Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year. Also, his album Classic (Gaither Music Group) is up for Inspirational Album of the Year. Other honors include his roles as co-producer for Classic and Pure and Simple as well as his co-production on “Glorious Freedom” and “The Dream.”
"I'm so honored as a solo artist and as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band to be nominated for these DOVES … how amazing!” commented David. “I think it's so cool that both of these projects were kind of a 'back to the basics' effort for all of us. The Gaither Vocal Band album is about highlighting the harmonies that we love and have long been known for, and Classic is about celebrating my love for and roots in classical music. I'm so grateful to have been shown such overwhelming affirmation for these labors of love!"
Classic, produced by Phelps and Gaither, finds Phelps showcasing the seemingly endless breadth of his vocal range and a depth, vocally and lyrically, unprecedented by a man already considered a premier tenor. The songs, also released on DVD, include such standards and classics as “What a Wonderful World,” “O Mio Babbino Cara,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Panis Angelicus” and others.
Both Classic and Pure and Simple are available through digital stores and at retail stores everywhere.
Bill Gaither also received five nods for co-producing the Classic, Pure and Simple and Some People Change (Michael English) projects in addition to co-producing the songs “Glorious Freedom” and “The Dream.” Gaither is also honored for his songwriting with a nomination as co-writer of “Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored."
Group member and soloist Michael English received three additional nominations that include Southern Gospel Album of the Year (Some People Change), Southern Gospel Performance of the Year [“Stubborn (Psalm 15)”] and Southern Gospel Song of the Year [“Stubborn (Psalm 15)”]. He is also nominated as co-producer of Some People Change, Pure and Simple, “Glorious Freedom” and “Stubborn (Psalm 15).”
Many other Homecoming friends are nominated as well, including Jason Crabb, the Isaacs, the Nelons, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Wayne Haun, Canton Junction and more! A full list of 2013 nominees can be found at doveawards.com.
The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. It will be televised nationwide exclusively on UP TV at 8 p.m. EDT on October 21st, 2013.
Photo courtesy of Friends of Gaither Music.
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