The nominees for the 44th Gospel Music Association Dove Awards have been announced by The Gospel Music Association (GMA). Bluegrass favorites Dailey & Vincent find their name scattered throughout the various categories and even as participants on both the Song of the Year nomination and Country Song of the Year for "From My Rags To His Riches", Devin McGlamery featuring Dailey & Vincent. They come up again for the Bluegrass Album of the Year and twice for Bluegrass Song of the Year.
Dailey & Vincent released The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent, their first all gospel album to rave reviews. Two songs from that album made it to the final round. The opening track, "Living in the Kingdom of God", on The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent, captured a nod for Bluegrass Song of the Year as did the third track, "Peace That Covers All the Pain". Other nominees for Bluegrass Song of the Year include Gaither Vocal Band for "Come to Jesus", The Little Roy & Lizzy Show for "He Washed My Soul", and The Oak Ridge Boys for "Standing in the Need of Prayer".
In the category for Bluegrass Album of the Year, Dailey and Vincent's The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent makes the list. Other albums also up for the award include Deep Roots by Steven Curtis Chapman, Lord in The Morning by The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Sing Me A Song About Jesus by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and This Is My Crowd by the Marksmen Quartet.
The Marksmen Quartet of Murrayville, Ga. garnered their third Dove Award nomination in the upcoming 44th Annual Awards. This Is My Crowd, their latest Rural Rhythm CD, is one of five nominees in the Bluegrass Album of the Year category. Mark Wheeler who sings lead and baritone and plays guitar, produced the 14-song album and Steve Gulley mastered it. “It encourages us to know others like this album,” he said. “We spent a lot of time trying to put out a good one. Knowing that people like what we do is great, but our number goal is to spread the gospel and hope the Lord is pleased and glorified.
Mark said that the latest CD is a diverse collection of songs designed to reach as many people with the gospel message through a mix of Bluegrass gospel, country inspirational, old-time Southern gospel, a touch of convention singing and even some blues.
The Dove Awards will be held Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. The show will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 on the Up! Television Network. For more information, visit http://www.doveawards.com/ The entire list of nominations is here (PDF).
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