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Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Misc | 1 comment

Two Reflections on 2012 GMA Dove Awards

“Does anybody care about the Doves anymore?” he said. He’s an important man with an important job. He knows the industries in Nashville and how important the GMA Awards are to the labels, publishing houses, and artists. Yet, he wondered aloud about their relevance?

“I do,” I said.

I do care. I’ve followed these awards since 1985 and have wanted to attend … but never have.

This year, I watched the two-hour television event on GMC and enjoyed every second. I sat rapt during the tribute to Russ Taff. The songs and the pictures projected brought back so many memories of going to concerts, listening to music with friends late at night, and driving around Stone Mountain Park with the windows down and the Alpine stereo blasting.

Two awards stand out this year. If you haven’t become familiar with these projects, do not pass Go. Do so right now.

Tenth Avenue North
“You Are More”
Dove Award for Short Form Video of the Year
Wes Edwards and Drew Langer
Ruckus Films
Reunion Records

The key line in this song is “You are more than the sum of your past mistakes.”

Rarely does a music video capture the heart and power of a lyric. Kudos to everyone involved in the marriage of images and music. [The CD is available here.]

The Story
Various Artists
Dove Award for Special Event Album of the Year
Matthew West, Leigh Nash from Sixpence None the Richer, Mark Hall & Megan Garret from Casting Crowns, Brandon Heath, Bart Millard from Mercy Me, Michael Tait From Newsboys, Blanca Callahan from Group 1 Crew, Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Peter Furler, Mandisa, Todd Smith from Selah, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, Dan Haseltine from Jars of Clay, Matt Hammit from Sanctus Real, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Mac Powell from Third Day, Nichole Nordeman, Amy Grant, Francesca Battistelli, Darlene Zschech
Bernie Herms and Brown Bannister
EMI | Provident | Word

These labels have come together in the past for the WoW series of projects, but this undertaking exceeds them all. In addition to an album project produced by multi-platinum producers Bernie Herms and Brown Bannister, these artists launched a tour. The tour helped recruit sponsors for children in desperate circumstances through World Vision. Benefits from the sale of the CD benefit the ongoing work of World Vision and every date on last Christmas’ tour offered concert goers the opportunity to be a light in the darkness for a child in need. [Purchase the CD here | Sponsor a child here]

In this video, Natalie Grant discusses her role in the project and on the tour.

The 2012 Dove Awards will air many more times on GMC. Check your local listings.

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1 Comment

  1. Loved the 10th Avenue North song/video and appreciate the heart behind “The Story” project. I just wish the Doves would honor two of my favorite artists: Matthew West (arguably the most talented singer/songwriter in CCM today) and Mandisa (let’s face it, the girl can sang!).

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