Four bands nominated for a top Dove Award honor group have Madison County connections.
The Gaither Vocal Band was nominated as group of the year for the 2011 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, another Gaither Music Group artist, was nominated for the same honor.
The two groups are vying for the award against the Sidewalk Prophets, Tenth Avenue North, MercyMe, Mikeschair ,and Needtobreathe.
Sidewalk Prophets include Anderson University graduates Ben McDonald and Dave Frey.
Also, the guitarist for Tenth Avenue North, Jeff Owen, is an Anderson native.
Gaither Music Group is based in Alexandria.
Winners will be announced at the 2011 GMA Dove Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 20, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta beginning at 8 p.m. The award show will be broadcast on the Gospel Music Channel on Easter Sunday, April 24, at 7 p.m.
Gaither artists who were among other nominations include:
- Southern Gospel song of the year: Gaither Vocal Band for “Better Day;” Ernie Haase and Signature Sound for “I Thirst.”
- Country song of the year: “Are You the One” by Guy Penrod.
- Southern Gospel album of the year: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound for “A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet” and the Gaither Vocal Band for “Greatly Blessed.”
- Country album of the year: Guy Penrod, “Breathe Deep.”
- Christmas album of the year: The Isaacs, “The Isaacs Christmas.”
- Long-form video of the year: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound for “A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet,” and Bill and Gloria Gaither and Homecoming Friends for “Count Your Blessings.”
Spring Hill Music Group is a sister label for Gaither. Nominees from that label include:
- Song of the year: Jason Crabb, “Sometimes I Cry.”
- Both male vocalist of the year and artist of the year: Jason Crabb.
- Inspirational song of the year: Jason Crabb, “Joseph.”
- Southern Gospel song of the year: Oak Ridge Boys, “Live with Jesus.”
- Bluegrass song of the year: Jeff & Sheri Easter, “Workin’ on a Road.”
- Country song of the year: Oak Ridge Boys, “God’s Gonna Ease My Troublin’ Mind,” and The Hoppers, “Living in the Arms of Mercy.”
- Traditional Gospel Song: Jason Crabb, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”
- Inspirational album of the year: Kevin Williams, “Acoustic Sunday.”
- Southern Gospel album of the year: The Hoppers, “Something’s Happening.”
- Country album of the year: Jeff & Sheri Easter, “Expecting Good Things.”
- Christmas album of the year: Russ Taff, “Another Sentimental Christmas.”
- Long-form video of the year: Oak Ridge Boys, “An Inconvenient Christmas.”
- Female vocalist of the year: Janet Paschal.
— For The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted with permission.
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