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Nominees for 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards Announced

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46th Annual GMA Dove AwardsNashville, TN -- The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the nominees in 41 categories for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The theme of this year’s award show is “Better Together” which focuses on the strength in unity. The conference was also streamed live on CMM Magazine and YES Lord Radio. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 18 on the network’s global stage reaching over 100 million homes in the US, plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 20th through August 27. The “Song of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” categories will be made in a special announcement in the coming weeks. Doyle Lawson, Balsam Range, Lizzy Long, Rhondas Vincent are among the contenders for Bluegrass Song of the Year.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, GMA Executive Director/President Jackie Patillo and artists Audio Adrenaline, Jason Crabb, Colton Dixon, Joseph Habedank, Casey J and RED were among the artist and dignitaries participating in the nominee announcements. The full list of nominees is on the Dove Awards website at

“This is always an exciting day for us at the GMA,” states Patillo.”We are honored to recognize the many talents of our industry and the contributions they have made. This year Gospel and Christian Music’s biggest night is going to be off the charts with unforgettable performances and special pairings.

Additionally, Patillo expanded on this year’s “Better Together” initiative. “Since 1969, the GMA Dove Awards has honored the outstanding achievement and excellence of our music community. We hope to bring much more light to our mission with this year’s “Better Together” theme as we focus on unity, diversity and creativity and come together during this exciting time in our industry,” states Patillo.

Other nominations of interest to the bluegrass community include The Isaacs and Gaither Vocal Band for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year, The Isaacs' "I Wanna Be There" for Country Song of the Year, and the Gaither Vocal Band's Sometimes It Takes a Mountain. for Southern Gospel Album of the Year. The following are the bluegrass nominations.

Bluegrass Song of the Year – Cat 16

  • “Stacking Up Rocks” – Balsam Range, (writer) Buddy Melton
  • “Mighty To Save” – Chigger Hill Boys & Terri (writers) Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan
  • “He Made The Tree” – Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, (writers) Tom Botkin and Donnie Skaggs
  • “God Is There” – Lizzy Long & Rhonda Vincent, (writers) Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey
  • “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man (ft. Rhonda Vincent) – Volume Five, (writers) Dolly Parton and Dorothy Jo Owens

Bluegrass/Country ?Album of the Year – Cat 27

  • Angels Among Us – Alabama, (producers) Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen
  • Worship Him – John Bowman, (producer) John Bowman
  • Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know) – Point of Grace, (producers) Andy Leftwich, Stuart Dill, Rodger Ryan, Point Of Grace
  • Here’s to the Ones – Rhett Walker Band, (producers) Paul Moak, Ed Cash, Rhett Walker Band
  • Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites – The Oak Ridge Boys, (producers) Ben Isaacs, Duane Allen

The GMA Dove Awards are live from Allen Arena at Lipscomb University on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18, 2015. For ongoing Dove Awards updates and breaking news, please visit the GMA social networks and The Dove Awards website.

Fans will also get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a choir supporting Casting Crowns on stage. “We are so excited to bring this unique experience to our fans,” shares GMA Executive Director Jackie Patillo. “This will be a memory that people can carry with them throughout their lives, and it gives us an opportunity to engage fans in the Dove Awards experience!”

The choir is part of the Dove VIP Experience where fans have the opportunity to enjoy behind-the-scenes excitement of the show through Selfie Row (meet and greet), backstage tour, access to the PreTelecast and dinner before hitting the awards show. Click here for more information about the Dove Awards Choir. Click here for more info about the VIP Experience.

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