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Nelons, Bill Gaither and Larry Gatlin win Telly Awards
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The Nelons are thrilled to be honored in the 34th Annual Telly Awards with a Silver Telly for the music video, "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?" The project took the top spot among nearly 12,000 entries online from all 50 states and five continents. (Pictured right: The Nelons and Bill Gaither pose with their Silver Telly Awards backstage during the Gaither Family Fest held on Memorial Day weekend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Courtesy of Nelon PR.)

The song is based on a true story of a businessman rushing through the airport with his colleagues to board a home-bound flight. In their haste, they toppled a table with a display of apples, sending the fruit flying everywhere in the midst of the busy, rushing crowd. One of the men felt a twinge of guilt and chose to miss his flight to help clean up the apples. When he returned to the display he noticed that the teenage girl working there was blind, and was crying as she attempted to retrieve her scattered apples while people hurried by. He helped the girl set everything back up and paid her for the fruit that was damaged in the process. She tearfully thanked him and asked, "Are you Jesus?"

This touching moment was put to music by iconic songwriters Bill & Gloria Gaither and country music superstar Larry Gatlin, who also won Silver Telly Awards for "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?" Point Light Pictures made the story come to life through video as the Nelons performed the song.

Kelly Nelon Clark was delighted with the results. "Point Light Pictures did an amazing job visually telling the story that Bill & Gloria Gaither and Larry Gatlin so eloquently put to music. This award is an honor and we are grateful to those who voted for the video."

“It is always a joy to work with the Nelons and I’m grateful to be part of their journey," said Bill Gaither. "I would still make music if there were no awards, but it is always a thrill to be a part of something that is recognized by the artistic community in this way.”

"The Nelons are just fantastic and the video is STELLAR," commented Larry Gatlin. "Add to that the honor of being asked to collaborate with two iconic writers like Bill & Gloria Gaither – especially Gloria – well, I am greatly blessed and highly favored! Congrats and thanks for allowing me to be a small part of this!"
 
"The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. "The Nelons' accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production."

This is not the first time the Nelons have been recognized for an innovative video. In 1987, their concept video for "Famine In Their Land," was recognized with a New York Film Festival Bronze Award and won a DOVE award for Short Form Music Video of The Year.

Enjoy the video of "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?"