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2007 Dove Award Presenters Announced
18 October 2006

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced that the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards (www.doveawards.com) will be presented on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 (8:00-10:00 p.m. CST) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., hosted by Dove-winning artists Natalie Grant, Brian Littrell and Donnie McClurkin and broadcast in national syndication during the month of May.

Tickets for the live show will go on sale through TicketMaster (www.ticketmaster.com) on Friday, December 1.

GMA’s Dove Awards is Christian and gospel music’s biggest night of the year, where top artists from every style of gospel music come together for a national night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows the industry’s highest honor -- the Dove Award. Nominations for the awards will be announced on February 20, 2007.

“Six months out, everything is already falling into place for a fantastic Dove Awards show in 2007. Natalie, Brian and Donnie make a striking trio of hosts who will be engaging, smart and entertaining and we are excited each accepted our invitation to host the show,” said John W. Styll, president of the GMA. “Also, our television syndication plan is well underway, and in terms of broadcast confirmations, we are already well ahead of last year. There’s a building enthusiasm for the GMA Dove Awards just as the national spotlight on Christian and gospel music’s positive impact on our country and culture continues to radiate.”

ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox broadcast affiliates in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Cleveland, New Orleans and Nashville are among the more than 50 television stations that have already cleared the GMA Dove Awards for the 2007 broadcast.

Curb recording artist Natalie Grant is GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year. Her 2005 watershed release, Awaken, which featured the compelling multi-format hit “Held,” garnered widespread critical acclaim and helped Grant become Christian music’s top-selling female solo artist last year. A hitmaker at both Christian and mainstream radio, Grant has been featured on FOX News, CNN and MSNBC and is slated to appear in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She recently penned her first book, “The Real Me: Being the Girl God Sees” (W Publishing), and Grant’s ministry also includes her longtime involvement with Women of Faith and the organization’s “REVOLVE” tour for teen girls. One of Grant’s most important accomplishments is the continued impact of her HOME Foundation in raising awareness about the atrocities of international human trafficking.

Honored in 2006 with his first Dove Award (Inspirational Recorded Song for “In Christ Alone” from WOW #1’s), Brian Littrell is widely-known as a 13-year member of the legendary pop group Backstreet Boys. He has contributed to worldwide sales in excess of 75 million records and has amassed legions of fans around the globe. Last summer, Backstreet Boys released Never Gone, the group’s first studio album in five years while at the same time Littrell released his solo debut, Welcome Home, on Reunion Records, a gospel album which has already produced the No.1 single “Welcome Home.” Recording a solo project has enabled Littrell to share his source of greatest hope. Welcome Home is a straight-ahead pop record — lyrically illuminating God’s unequivocal love for humanity and revealing the possibilities for life when people dedicate themselves to a higher calling.

During Donnie McClurkin’s 15-year career, the multiple award-winning gospel singer has racked up Dove, Grammy, BET, NAACP Image Award and Soul Train Awards. In January, McClurkin will be honored at the 15th Annual Trumpet Awards, which herald the accomplishments of Black Americans who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life for all. His latest music release on Verity Records, Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs, is a mixture of contemporary, traditional hymns & praise and worship gospel exhibiting his unique ability to simultaneously entertain, inspire and teach. The CD, which has been RIAA-certified platinum, follows the gold-selling Again and double platinum, Live from London. McClurkin showed he could act and sing when he made his big-screen debut in Paramount Studios' “The Fighting Temptations,” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles in 2003, followed by a character role in Sony Pictures/Rainforest Films' “The Gospel” in 2005. McClurkin is also the Sr. Pastor of Perfecting Faith Church, in Long Island, N.Y.

The Dove Awards will be produced by Steve Gilreath Television. Handling first-run syndication through broadcast network affiliates and independent stations nationwide is Central City Productions of Chicago, Ill., which also produces and syndicates the Stellar Awards. Following the broadcast syndication, The Gospel Music Channel will have the cable premiere of the GMA Dove Awards.

The broadcast taping of the GMA Dove Awards will begin at 8 p.m. and feature artist performances and the presentation of a number of key Dove Awards. The opening ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include the announcement of most of the 44 categories of Dove Awards. Tickets to the show include seating at both events.

ABOUT THE GMA
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Christian/Gospel music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music of all styles including pop, rock, praise & worship, black gospel, R&B, hip hop, southern gospel, country, and more. The GMA community consists of 4,000 members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Music Week, GMA Music in the Rockies, and the GMA Academy. For more information, please visit www.gospelmusic.org.


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