Harmony Honors salute best in southern gospel

Release Date: 12/19/2006. Expired: 1/9/2007

The southern gospel music world will hand out its latest awards at The Renaissance Center in Dickson on Tuesday, Jan. 9, with the 3rd annual Harmony Honors, presented by the Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG).

The 8 p.m. awards ceremony in the center’s Performance Hall will be taped by the center’s award-winning Multimedia Department for a future television broadcast. A limited number of free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and include attendance at a 6 p.m. reception for nominees and performers. Tickets for the reception and awards show are available at The Renaissance Center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson or by calling (615) 740-5570.

Founded in 1986, the SGMG created the Harmony Honors to “honor those in the industry, by the industry, for their accomplishments over the past year,” according to the organization’s website, www.sgmg.org.

The organization’s mission is to create a cooperative environment designed to encourage excellence, education, awareness and growth, while preserving the essence of southern gospel music. Guild members represent companies from all areas of the gospel music industry, including record companies, booking agencies, artists, radio, concert promoters and music publishers.

The Harmony Honors program will include live performances and awards in several categories, with some of the top acts in southern gospel music nominated.

Awards to be presented and nominees include:

New Artist: Collingsworth Family, Crystal River, First Love, Mercy's Mark, Mike Bowling Group;

Media: Gospel Greats, Homecoming Magazine, INSP, Singing News, SoGospel News, US Gospel News, XM – Enlighten;

Female Vocalist: Karen Peck Gooch, TaRanda Greene, Annie McRae, Lynda Randle, Debra Talley, Lauren Talley, Susan Whisnant;

Male Vocalist: Mark Bishop, Ronnie Booth, Mike Bowling, Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase, Mitch Kenitzer, Bill Shivers, Gerald Wolfe;

Producer: Jeff Collins, Lari Goss, Wayne Haun, Michael Sykes, Roger Talley;

Performing Musician: Roger Bennett, Justin Ellis, Roger Fortner, Sonya Isaacs, Doyle Lawson, Eric Ollis, Lorie Sikes, Jeff Stice;

Songwriter: Ricky Atkinson, Mark Bishop, Gerald Crabb, Rodney Griffin, Ronnie Hinson, Joel Lindsey, Kyla Rowland;

Album: Be The Miracle - Mark Lowry, Blur The Lines – The Crabb Family, Come Thirsty – The Perrys, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound - Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Give It Away - Gaither Vocal Band, God On The Mountain - Lynda Randle, Good To Be Free - Karen Peck and New River, Graceland - Mike Bowling Group, He Lives In Me - Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Influenced and Inspired: Remembering Kenny Hinson - Mike Bowling, It's So God - Brian Free and Assurance, Live In Music City - Legacy Five, My Favorite Place - Greater Vision, Rise Above - Talley Trio;

Artist: Booth Brothers, Brian Free and Assurance, The Crabb Family, The Dove Brothers, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ernie Haase and Signature, Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs, Karen Peck and New River, The McKameys, The Perrys, The Whisnants;

Song: Friend Til The End – The Isaacs, He Knows My Name – The McRaes, He Saw It All - Booth Brothers, I Will Go On - Gaither Vocal Band, I Will Trust You Lord – The McKameys, If It Takes A Valley - Brian Free and Assurance, In The Sky - Three Bridges, Just One Touch - Karen Peck and New River, Singing Heaven's Song - Hope's Call, Sky Full Of Angels - TaRanda Greene, Table Of The King - Ricky Atkinson and Compassion, The Debt - Talley Trio.

Nominees for the Harmony Honors are selected based on numerous statistics related to the individual or group, including national radio charts and product sales, according to SoundScan.

For more information on the Harmony Honors, visit the Southern Gospel Music Guild’s website at www.sgmg.org.

For more information on The Renaissance Center, call (615) 740-5600 or visit the center’s website at www.rcenter.org. The Renaissance Center is a fine arts education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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