Gospel Newcomer Ties With Veteran To Score Most Stellar Award Nominations
Gospel newcomer Anthony Brown & Group Therapy showed they had what it takes to make it in gospel coming up with eight Stellar award nominations for their freshman effort, "Testimony" to tie veteran gospel performer Tye Tribbett with the most nominations for the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The annual awards show taped in Nashville for live broadcast celebrates the year’s best in gospel music. Nominations for Brown and his group include "Song of the Year," " Group/Duo of the Year," and “New Artist of the Year”, where he will face the artist many are putting the big odds on—Tasha Cobbs.
Cobbs scored seven nominations, including “Artist of the Year”, “CD of the year”, and “Female vocalist of the year”. In the latter category, she will face her stiffest competition in Tamela Mann, a big favorite. Mann’s project altogether scored ten nominations, with Tamela walking away with seven, including “Artist of The Year”, “Traditional CD” of the Year” and “CD of the Year”.
For Tye Tribbett, who pocketed eight nods including “Artist of the Year”, “CD of the Year”, "Praise and Worship CD of the Year" and “Male Vocalist of the Year”, the nominations capped off a year that marked a huge comeback for the artist with his Motown Gospel release, “Greater Than”.
Other artists securing multiple nominations include Fred Hammond & his United Tenors (Dave Hollister, Brian Courtney Wilson and Eric Roberson), John P. Kee,
The View's Sherri Shepherd and syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley will co-host the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, with live performances by Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Shirley Ceasar, Erica Campbell, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Isaac Carree, The Winans Brothers, and Tasha Cobbs.
Highlights will include Vicki Winans presenting a lifetime achievement award to Hezekiah Walker and Kirk Franklin presenting the Most Notable Achievement Award to Congresswoman Lee recognizing the leadership role she played in Congress passing the bill naming the month of September Gospel Music Heritage Month.
The awards will be held at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, January 18, 2014 and will air on the UP television network live on January 18 as well as in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from January 18 through March 2, 2014.
In the meantime, nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced last month and once again, Tye Tribbett came out on top scoring three nominations in the gospel category, including “Best Gospel Album” (Greater Than), “Best Gospel Song” (“If He Did It Before”) and “Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance”. Newcomer Tasha Cobbs scored two nominations including Best Gospel Album. Other grammy nominations went to Mary Mary’s Erica Atkins, Donald Lawrence, Bishop Paul Morton, William Murphy, Deitrick Haddon and Percy Bady.
After a six year hiatus from the gospel charts, the Canton Spirituals are officially back, debuting at #7 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart with their new CD, Keep Knocking. Considered one of gospel’s top quartets, the Grammy and Stellar-nominated group —founded in Canton, Mississippi in 1943—became the biggest selling quartet group with the release of Live In Memphis in 1993, which also earned them a Grammy nomination. Produced by award winning songwriter/producer Stan Jones, Keep Knocking is the group’s 19th CD, continuing a tradition of powerful vocals and smooth harmonies. The quartet, led by Harvey Watkins, Jr, pioneered an urban sound that mixed R&B style with traditional gospel. The title track, "Keep Knocking", is in heavy rotation at gospel radio stations throughout the country and received over 17,000 views on youtube with its initial release.
She Said Yes
Love was in the air last month in Chicago as Bishop Larry D. Trotter and the Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choir celebrated the release of their new project "Praise Revisited", performing to a packed house. The album serves as the inaugural release from the recently re-branded Utopia Music Group, just one part of an expansive effort by Trotter to deliver the true gospel message via a variety of formats.
But the moment was so much more for Trotter who has had his share of battles over the last couple of years, not the least of which being his battle and subsequent triumph over prostate cancer. During the program, Trotter called Mildred A. Williams to the stage before getting down on one knee to ask her hand in marriage. She said yes and the wedding was set to take place on Christmas Eve.