NASHVILLE, Tenn.Â â€“ The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the first list of performers for the upcoming Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration. This yearâ€™s celebration will feature performances from many of the top nominated artists which include Grammy and Dove Award winning singers and songwriters.
This yearâ€™s Awards Celebration will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Jason Crabb and Grammy nominated artists The Isaacs and Karen Peck & New River in addition to acclaimed artists Lauren Talley, Tribute, 11th Hour, HIGHROAD, Bowling Sisters, The Wilbanks, Ball Brothers, Riley Harrison Clark, and Chris Freeman. Additional artists are still being confirmed.
“Without exception, this yearâ€™s performers represent the best our genre of music has to offer,â€ mentioned Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “We are excited to host some of our perennials favorites as well as new names whoâ€™ve never shared the stage on such a fun night!â€
In addition to performers, site administrators are proud to announce the venue for this yearâ€™s event. This yearâ€™s Awards Celebration will again take place at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene in downtown Nashville. This location continues to feature more seating and the ability to stream the program live.
“This was such a great move for this event last year,â€ commented Deon Unthank. “The staff at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene were so accommodating that it just made sense to stay here again. The feedback we received from fans, artists, and industry professionals about the move was beyond positive. We are looking forward to another great year at this fantastic venue.â€
As far as nominations go, perennial favorites Karen Peck & New River and The Isaacs landed the most nominations this year. Both groups landed a stellar eight nominations apiece including individual nods in the Song of the Year category (for “I Am Blessedâ€ and “This Is the Yearâ€ respectively) and Fan Favorite Artist of the Year. Both groups also had individuals land in hotly contested categories like Female Vocalist of the Year (for New Riverâ€™s Karen Peck Gooch and The Isaacsâ€™ Sonya Isaacs Yeary respectively) and Songwriter of the Year (Artist) for Gooch and Becky & Sonya Isaacs.
Another perennial favorite, producer/songwriter Wayne Haun was the most nominated individual this year, taking a strong 10 nominations for his work this past year, including three separate Album of the Year mentions for his production work this year. Those three nominated projects included Tributeâ€™s Here For You, Legacy Fiveâ€™s In the Hands of the Carpenter, and The Erwinsâ€™ Only Faith Can See.
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