Pigeon Forge, TN -- Gospel harmonies were ringing in the Smoky Mountains as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were named Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year at the 22nd Annual Diamond Awards held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center on Tuesday night in Pigeon Forge.
Acclaimed artists such as Jeff & Sheri Easter and Gerald Crabb performed along with Lawson and other gospel music favorites on the fan-voted Diamond Awards show sponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant digital source for Southern Gospel News.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were scheduled to perform one song on the show, but when the crowd spontaneously erupted following DLQ's a cappella performance of "John the Revelator," show host Tim Lovelace came on stage in an unusual move for a scripted Awards Show and invited the Bluegrass legend's group to sing another song! Lawson obliged with a grin and his signature harmony rang for the second time of the evening on the toe-tapping, "Jesus Gave Me Water."
"We were thrilled to have Doyle Lawson performing at this year's Diamond Awards," said Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and Publisher of SGN Scoops Magazine. "Doyle Lawson's gospel music is as legendary and beloved as his bluegrass, and it was an honor to have him be a part of the show, and to present his group with the Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award."
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have nearly 40 albums to their credit, are seven-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, and have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA, and SPBGMA Award nominations. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in September 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium. Lawson's band were 2012 ICM Vocal Group of the Year, and are just coming off two Inspirational Country Music Association nominations and a prestigious Dove nomination earlier this month.