How Did the Doves Fly?
It was a night that paid tribute to gospel music’s veterans and recognized the industry’s emerging talents as the 42nd Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards entertained a sold-out crowd at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Hosted by the effervescent Sherri Shepherd, the show will be broadcast Sunday night on gmc at 7 p.m. et.
Francesca Battistelli was the evening’s top winner. She was named Artist of the Year and collected her second consecutive Female Vocalist accolade. Her hit “Beautiful, Beautiful” was named Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year.
“I love doing this. I love Jesus and I love making music,” August told the audience as he accepted the partially fan-voted award for New Artist. Backstage, August told reporters that the only award he thought he had a chance of winning was New Artist.
“I literally can’t believe it,” he said. “As a Christian, I’m humbled. You don’t look for awards. You just want to make music and serve Jesus, but as a person who has been working at music for many years, to finally have someone say ‘hey, you did a great job on something and here’s an award for it...’ that’s a pretty cool feeling.”
“I think he’s one of the greatest songwriters on the planet,” Jason said of his dad. “He writes from a place everybody can relate to. I’m glad he’s my father. I learned a lot from him.”
“Didn’t they do a fabulous job? They were amazing,” said multiple Dove Award-winner Patty, who has won 11 Female Vocalist titles. She won her 40th Dove last night for Inspirational Album of the Year for The Edge of the Divine, which was executive-produced by her eldest daughter, Anna Trent.
“I was sitting there thinking there has been a lot of life lived since the beginning,” she said backstage. “I understand God’s grace and His forgiveness in a way that perhaps when I won my first Dove Award 30 years ago I didn’t understand.”
There were several artist collaborations during the night. Point of Grace teamed with Kenny Rogers on “Standing On the Rock of Your Love,” a song from his first ever gospel album, For the Love of God, which is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. One of the most touching collaborations was Steven Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns' Mark Hall joining Third Day on their powerful anthem “Children of God” from Third Day’s current album Move. During the song, all of Third Day’s children along with Mark and Steven’s kids joined their parents on stage to sing. Third Day frontman Mac Powell and his wife, Aimee; Casting Crowns Mark and his wife Melanie and Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman have all adopted children.
During the program, the Chapmans were presented the Uplift Someone Award, marking the first time the honor had been bestowed by gmc. The Chapmans are founders of Show Hope, an organization that increases awareness of adoption and financially assists families looking to adopt. “He loves this industry dearly,” Mary Beth said of her husband. “Thank you for loving him so we can help these kids.”
The evening was filled with memorable performances, including Tenth Avenue North’s riveting “You Are More,” Mary Mary’s soulful “Wave My Flag," Jason Crabb’s stirring “Sometimes I Cry,” Battistelli’s “This Is the Stuff” and Kirk Franklin who closed the show with his uplifting hit “Smile.” Throughout the evening, in between acts and during set changes, comedian Chonda Pierce kept the crowd thoroughly entertained with her rapier wit and no-holds-barred comedic jabs at both herself and a few of her brethren.
“Atlanta has been wonderful to us at every level,” says Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records and outgoing chairman of the GMA Board of Directors. “Our home is in Nashville, but Atlanta has been a great host for the Doves this year.”
About the Writer
Deborah Evans Price has covered Christian/Gospel music for Billboard magazine since 1994. She also contributes regularly to CountryWeekly, CMA Close Up, Devo’Zine, Christian Single, HomeLife, BMI Music World, and other publications.
A Nashville resident since 1983, Deborah has held editorial posts at Radio & Records, Country News, American Songwriter and Billboard. Amy Grant, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Charlie Daniels, 3 Doors Down, Third Day, Don Henley, Bon Jovi, Chris Rice, Sandra Bullock, Mercy Me, Alan Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood and Steven Curtis Chapman are among her many interviews. Additionally, she's a sought-after music industry analyst who has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, TNN, The Today Show, and ABC PrimeTime Live, among other outlets.
Deborah is a member of the Gospel Music Association's board of directors and a graduate of Leadership Music. She resides south of Nashville with her husband, Gary, and son Trey.
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