Nominations for the 44th Annual Dove Awards were announced last month and Lecrae, Tamela Mann and newcomer Tosha Cobbs were among the artists who scored big.
Cobbs was nominated in five top award categories for her hit praise and worship anthem, “Break Every Chain” and her Top 5 Billboard album, Grace. Nominations include New Artist of the Year, Gospel Performance of the Year, Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year, and Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year (Grace).
Tamela Mann also pocketed five nominations including Gospel Performance of the Year and Artist of the Year, where those she will go up against include Toby Mac and Lecrae.
Another multiple nominee, Lecrae also received nods for Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year, Rap/Hip Hop Album. Charles Jenkins and his Fellowship Choir garnered three nominations, including Gospel Performance of the Year for his smash hit, “Awesome”. John P. Kee, Israel Houghton, and Isaac Carree earned two nominations each.
"The Doves recognize the best of the best -- in all genres of Gospel music, celebrating talent, ministry and outstanding performances,” said Gospel Music Association Executive Director Jackie Patillo. “The excitement and energy of the Dove Awards show is something we all look forward to -- and this year will prove to be better than ever."
The awards take place on October 15 in Nashville and will be broadcast on the UP! Television Network on October 21.
Fred Hammond Makes Off Broadway Debut
Award-winning gospel recording artist Fred Hammond made his Off Broadway theatrical debut performance last month in JD Lawrence’s Cain & Able. Inspired by actual events, Cain & Able is the story of two brothers, the arrogant and tenacious Cain and the modest Able (Hammond), who are left their father’s fortune.
However, after Cain blows his half of the fortune on bad business deals, including a million dollar wedding, he sets his sights on his younger brother’s share. With time and money on short supply, Cain finds himself backed up against the wall and forced to consider drastic measures; even if it means taking his own brothers life. Hammond not only starred in the production but is credited with writing the lyrics and music, while also producing the play with Lawrence.
Speaking of Donald Lawrence, the Grammy-award winning gospel artist, songwriter and producer, the cover of Volume 1 of his new 20th Anniversary album showcases the clothing designs of Phineas Cole for Paul Stuart. This marks the first time Stuart has collaborated with a gospel artist. Due out on September 24th, Best for Last is a celebration of Lawrence’s more than two decades of success in the music industry. Recorded live at Living Word Christian Center in Chicago, Best for Last features guest vocals from Karen Clark Sheard, Natalie Grant, Kierra Sheard, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Coco (from SWV), Kelly Price, Bishop Hezekiah WalkerTed & Sheri and The Company on new songs and some of his biggest hits as well.
Briefly: Grammy-nominated gospel recording artist Dottie Peoples was honored by the City of Atlanta last month with the Phoenix Award, which is the highest honor an individual or group can receive from the Mayor of Atlanta, recognizing outstanding achievements and service to the city, state, nation or world. "I am thrilled to be honored by the Mayor's Office and City Council of Atlanta, and I continue thanking the Lord for His many blessings," said Dottie. "Praise In The Park is always an incredible event to be a part of, and I want to thank Radio One for their continued love and support of my music." Peoples is currently promoting her new CD, I Got This - Live!