David Crowder’s “SMS Shine” won the Short Form Video Dove... “Pink and orange, you’d think you could tell, but it’s hard. I don’t like pink or orange... You buy every peg on the planet, and then you have to wait to buy more... they don’t sort them before they send them to you. You have to sort the pink and orange out... The green peg is the best. The Quad green.” David Crowder is way too passionate about Lite Brite pegs, but then again, it did win him a Dove...” Recorded a Christmas album and a bluegrass album... we’ve now made an official start on the new record... looks like its gonna be a requiem mass or not that at all.” Best advice for others: Always say yes. Play where they ask you. Play with people who are better than you. Pray.
Crowder: “Lecrae, man. Lecrae has flow.”
The Singing Pastors are filling on stage back in the press pit... we can all go home now. Marvin Sapp, when asked what was going through his head when his name was called for Contemporary Gospel recording: “I don’t know what I was thinking. I just sat there, frozen. I just thank God for a great musical season, but also for my wife...”
Haddon: “I think this (singing pastors) idea was a brilliant idea. These pastors are busy though... It would make an awesome project to be part of.”
Francesca Battestelli performing “This Is the Stuff,” the new song from her Hundred More Years CD.
“I need a little walk on music,” Chonda Pierce says in the dark, during commercial break... says they’re bringing out someone’s living room. ‘The Lord is teaching me boundaries...’ These jokes worked better on the Wanda Sykes show... just before it got cancelled. When it was all said and done, she said, ‘you’re the first Christian who’s ever been nice to me... oh those aren’t Christians. They’re going to hell in a handbasket... don’t care what Rob Bell says.” Oohs all around the audience and the press pit on that one...
Mandisa and Ruben Studdard... “I voted for you on American Idol,” ... Mandisa ‘120 lbs and counting’... ‘then you do the honors because you deserve it.”
“New Artist of the Year” goes to Chris August... already tonight’s “Male Vocalist of the Year”... big winning streak for him tonight. Thanked his band back home ...
Smokie Norful, Marvin Sapp, Donald Lawrence, Bishop Paul Morton, Deitrick Haddon... “Undivided”... The Singing Pastors... powerful song for a powerful group of ministers, each in his own right a gospel force to be reckoned with... leaves the audience with a standing ovation. Wish I was in the audience and not in the press pit about now... ‘cause those brothers can wail!
"...but now Kevin Sorbo is on stage in the press pit... who has two more faith-based movies coming out this year, one based on a Karen Kingsbury novel. I’ve always been a Christian, not a perfect one, I’ve had to ask forgiveness for a lot of stuff...”
"We knew when shooting ‘What If’ that it was special. It was in theaters for 5 months just through word of mouth. Hollywood kind of woke up with ‘The Blindside’... They call it a niche market, but it’s not really a niche. I call it an underserved.”
‘Let the Waters Rise’ by MIKESCHAIR, followed by Jason Crabb singing “Sometimes I Cry”...
Chonda Pierce is back... she’s just what the doctor ordered this late in the game. I have no idea how she got to it, but she ended with “You can’t say hoedown in Los Angeles,” which was and still is hysterical to me.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound take the stage... how electric is Ernie’s suit? Trust me when I say it’s ELECTRIC BLUE. Can’t really hear the performance in the press pit, but it looks pretty cool, especially when Committed shows up... Two more reasons to tune in on Easter Sunday.
The Christian music trifecta just happened in the press pit: Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, the men of Third Day and Mark Hall of Casting Crowns just came back after the big adoption number on the main stage. Show Hope, the organization the Chapmans started to help people adopt has financed 2700 adoptions of orphans from 46 countries. Mac Powell and Mark Hall have both adopted orphans, which Steven describes as ‘the kingdom of God at it is in heaven, where there will be no more orphans’... “Adoption is our story, it is the Gospel.”
Sherri Shepherd appears in a killer green dress. It takes quite a woman to get away with a green dress, and boy does she! Introduces LeCrae, who arrives ‘rock star’ style, for a duo/medley of “Background” and “God Is Enough” with Natalie Grant. As they exit the stage, Grant slaps LeCrae on the shoulder... wonder what that was about?!
Leann Touhey and her daughter, Collins (the real people behind the Blindside movie), on stage to present Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year, which went to Marvin Sapp for “Best In Me.”
“This is such a shock to me,” Sapp said accepting the award. “This has been one of the most difficult years of my life... I have to dedicate this to one person, my late wife Malinda P. Sapp. She means the world to me.”
“I’m wearing Baby Gap,” Kirk Franklin says, mugging for the photographers on stage in the press pit. “God’s been so kind to me,” he responds, when asked about the success of his new record, Hello Fear. “I’m trying to take it all in stride, and process it.”
Can’t hear what Tim Tebow is saying on camera because the sound is off in the press pit, while Kirk is on stage. Guess I’ll be watching the telecast on gmc on Easter Sunday to catch that! Don’t miss it... Tebow looks real sharpe in that blue jacket. Kind of miss the black paint and Bible reference under his eyes though. Something really sweet is happening on stage... with. Steven Curtis Chapman and Mary Beth, his wife, and all these people wearing ‘adoption’ T-shirts, but I can’t tell what’s happening. Another reason to watch, not that I needed another one.
Kenny Rogers in the press pit... “My mom was extremely religious. Church three times a week. God had a really good shot at our family. She believed it was such an important thing. Church choirs, glee clubs... so this album has been a great thing for me.” Just met Point of Grace this morning, even though he’d sung on their record before. It’s the friendships I’ve made in this business are more important than me than all the awards.” Loves the Fox... ‘shocked at the sheer beauty, the acoustics are good, parking sucks...’
“We Shall Behold Him,” “Via Dolorosa”... Do they write songs like these anymore? Well, yes... and no. The Sandi Patty tribute featuring Laura Story, Audrey Assad and Natalie Grant, Britt Nicole, Janet Pascal and others had a bit of a rocky start, but ended with a heartwarming bang! “Love In Any Language” finale with Ms. Patty, who agreed the future of women in Christian/Gospel music is bright, indeed.
Sandi Patty presents ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ Award to the likely winner... Francesca Battestelli. It’s her second year to win.
Kim Fields, wearing a Victoria Shaffer dress (stunning!), is a big fan of the DOVE Awards and Stellar Awards. But acting was her first love, she says. Her advice to upcoming actors? Know your craft and try to learn as much as you can about everyone else’s jobs around you so that you can understand what they are doing.
Restroom etiquette with Chonda Pierce and Sherri Shepherd... these women are cracking themselves up. Up next, Kenny Rogers with Point of Grace, who took home three pre-show Doves... one for Country Recorded Song of the Year. Rogers’ new CD, For the Love of God, is a Cracker Barrel Country Stores feature... Anyone got any Chicken ‘N’ Dumplins out there? We’re all hungry here in the press pit.
Male Vocalist of the Year went to newcomer Chris August, who won the Dove for Pop Contemporary Album of the Year during the pre-show. Hmmm... I think most of us thought Brandon Heath would take it again this year, but the power of "Starry Night" has proven too much for Heath. Or it could be the power of the skinny tie. Nah... it’s the song. It’s a GREAT song. Might just take the big award.
Host Sherri Shepherd appears in a seriously pretty dress. Earlier in the press room she shared the happy news of her recent engagement and said her ’10 lb weight loss’ did trick... She’s giving the love to Jesus tonight... excited, she says, to be in a place to be able to say it out loud. ‘Give it to me, Kirk Franklin, say, ‘I love Jesus!’... Chris Tomlin, give it to me!’ She’s quoting TobyMac lyrics, (“I Was Made To Love”)... ‘sounds like my ex-boyfriend talking, Toby Mac, if that’s your real name...’ Up next Mary, Mary...
Comedian Chonda Pierce... in the commercial break, feeling a bit disrespected. Somebody mispronounced her name... “I hope the Lord doesn’t come back tonight, I’m not living through eternity in this dress.” She’s got the whole press room laughing... and she’s not even back here yet. “They got Spanx for men... Before you get up here and get your Gospel Music Award, you better tuck that beer gut in!” “This ain’t cleavage, these are my ankles right here,” after describing her very own full body length Spanx.
“Our God” tied for with Meredith Andrews’ “How Great Is the Love” for Worship Song of the Year...in the Dove pre-show. That performance by Chris Tomlin is more than enough to demonstrate why. Meredith Andrews also took home the ‘Praise & Worship Album of the Year.’ I’m gonna have to go back and give that girl a listen.
Wonder what the governor of Georgia listens to in his car? I’m thinking he’s old school, hmmmm... who would it be? Sandi Patty? Donnie McClurkin? Who do you think?