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2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Handed Out

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 12, 2017) – Celebrating AbsolutelyGospel.com’s 20th Anniversary this year, the 2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Ovation Awards were handed out last night at a special concert celebration in Nashville, TennesseeKaren Peck & New River, The Isaacs, and Tribute were named the big winners.

Perennial favorite Karen Peck & New River took home an impressive four trophies. The group was awarded Fan Favorite Artist of the Year, Mixed Group of the Year, and Progressive Song of the Year for “Calling” (which was written by Jason Cox, Gerald Crabb, and Karen Peck Gooch) . In addition, the group founder Karen Peck Gooch won her first Songwriter of the Year (Artist) award.

The Isaacs and Tribute won an stellar three Ovations last night. The Isaacs took home the Ovation for Album of the Year for their critically-acclaimed release Nature’s Symphony In 432, in addition to Country Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year (Artist) for Ben Isaacs. Tribute won another Traditional Recording of the Year trophy (for “Here For You“) and group members Riley Harrison Clark and Josh Singletary took home Male Vocalist of the Year and Musician of the Year respectively.

Additional artists and individuals who won multiple awards throughout the evening included Chris Freeman, Sue C. Smith, Gerald Crabb, and Jason Crabb.

One of the biggest awards of the evening – 2017 Pacesetter Award – was handed to Crossroads Music Group which is home to some of the biggest names in Gospel music today including Kingdom Heirs, The Talleys, The McKameys, and 11th Hour among many more.

The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com was proud to award the Susan Unthank Memorial Award to Amy Marie Zika, the daughter of Susan Unthank. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music.

The event was hosted by Lauren Talley and Riley Harrison Clark. The evening featured show-stopping performances from Grammy Award-winner Jason CrabbKaren Peck & New River, The Nelons, Bowling Family, Tribute, 11th Hour, Bowling Sisters, Chris Freeman, HIGHROAD, The Wilbanks, Pruitt Family, Jim Sheldon, and hosts Lauren Talley & RIley Harrison Clark.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are an annual award handed out each year by the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com. Each January, the staff and select media representative decide upon the nominees in over twenty categories. In February of that year, the readers of the site are then allowed to vote for their favorites in 12 categories. This is the sixteenth year the awards have been in existence.

For more information, visit http://www.absolutelygospel.com.

2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners:

Song of the Year: “Home” – Jason Crabb (written by Gerald Crabb)

Album of the Year: Nature’s Symphony in 432 – The Isaacs (produced by Ben Isaacs)

Pacesetter: Crossroads Music Group

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: The Wilbanks

Male Vocalist of the Year: Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Chris Freeman (The Freemans)

Male Group of the Year: Ball Brothers

Female Group of the Year: Bowling Sisters

Mixed Group of the Year: Karen Peck & New River

Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)

Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Sue C. Smith

Producer of the Year (Artist): Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Producer of the Year (Professional): Cody McVey

Engineer of the Year: Van Atkins

Musician of the Year: Josh Singletary (Tribute)

Traditional Song of the Year: “Amazing God” – Triumphant (written by Lee Black, Janice Crow, & Sue C. Smith)

Traditional Recording of the Year: Here For You – Tribute (produced by Wayne Haun)

Progressive Song of the Year: “Calling” – Karen Peck & New River (written by Jason Cox, Gerald Crabb, & Karen Peck Gooch)

Progressive Recording of the Year: What a Moment – 11th Hour (produced by Jeff Collins)

Country Song of the Year: “Christ My Hope, My Glory” – HIGHROAD with Jason Crabb (written by Sarah Davison & Kenna West)

Country Recording of the Year: Nature’s Symphony In 432 – The Isaacs (produced by Terry Bradshaw & Ben Isaacs)

Special Event Project of the Year: The Hinson Side of Me – Chris Freeman (produced by Darrell Freeman)

Music Video of the Year: “The People In the Line” – The Talleys (directed by Jared Meyers of Meyers Media, LLC)

Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Karen Peck & New River

Susan Unthank Memorial Award: Amy Marie Zika

Performers and Venue Announced for 2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Night of Gospel Music to be Highlighted with Performances by Jason Crabb, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, and Many More!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (February 13, 2017) – 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 year’s celebration will feature performances from many of the top nominated artists which include Grammy and Dove Award winning singers and songwriters.

This year’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 year’s performers represent the best our genre of music has to offer,” mentioned Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “We are excited to host some of our perennials favorites as well as new names who’ve never shared the stage on such a fun night!”

In addition to performers, site administrators are proud to announce the venue for this year’s event. This year’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,” 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.”

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 Blessed” and “This Is the Year” 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 River’s Karen Peck Gooch and The Isaacs’ 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 Tribute’s Here For You, Legacy Five’s In the Hands of the Carpenter, and The Erwins’ Only Faith Can See.