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NEWS: Michael W. Smith Joins President Clinton and Others in Heartfelt Memorial

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Michael W. Smith joined President Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and others in remembering victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and celebrating the “Oklahoma Standard” during Sunday’s memorial service marking the 20th anniversary of the attack. The three-time GRAMMY® winner also received the prestigious 2015 Applause Award from the Nashville-based Belmont University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Program on Saturday, April 18.

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BLOG: Young Life’s Impact on Dove Award-Winning Artist Brandon Heath

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It was the spring of 1995. Sixteen-year-old Brandon Heath was invited by some friends to attend Young Life club at a suburban Nashville home. After some singing and some games, the tone of the evening grew more serious. “One of the leaders got up and shared their story, and I heard a little bit of the gospel for the first time that night,” Heath recalls. “I didn’t know at the time how much my life was about to change.”

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BLOG: Sanctus Real to Perform at IMMERSE 2015

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We’re so excited to announce that Sanctus Real will be joining us for our 2015 IMMERSE Conference. Stay tuned for more artist announcements in the coming weeks and don’t forget to register before March 28th at experienceimmerse.com. Get pumped to see Sanctus Real perform by watching an acoustic performance of their latest single “Lay It Down” below!

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INDUSTRY UPDATE: Ellie Holcomb on the Importance of Building Community

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The independent songwriter enjoyed a memorable year in 2014, from a very successful Kickstarter campaign and a spot on Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God tour to a hit album, As Sure as the Sun, and the aforementioned Dove Award win for New Artist. Yet for those who think Ellie’s the new girl on the block, she wants you to know that such success comes with a “slow build” of the community around her.

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NEWS: Hillsong United Celebrates RIAA Platinum Status for Their No. 1 Song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

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Hillsong UNITED continues to make an impact with their No. 1 single “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” as the song has received RIAA Platinum status. Hillsong was included also in 10 of Billboard’s End of Year charts topping five of the charts: Top Christian Artists, Hot Christian Songs, Hot Christian Songs Artists, Christian Airplay Artists and Christian Digital Songs. As the group wraps up an incredible 2014 with awards and sales recognition, UNITED looks forward to 2015 as they will release new music with a full-length studio album. In addition in April 2015, Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment will release nationwide the film LET HOPE RISE – the HILLSONG Movie.

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NEWS: Chris Tomlin Featured on Fox News Radio’s “Todd Starnes All-American Christmas”

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GRAMMY® Award-winner Chris Tomlin is a featured performer on Fox News Radio’s two-hour Christmas special, “Todd Starnes All-American Christmas,” (#toddschristmas) set to air on Christmas Eve. The special will air on a number of Fox News Channel digital properties including toddstarnes.com, FoxNews.com, FoxNewsRadio.com and FoxNation.com. Additionally, the show will air on Fox News Radio affiliate stations along with American Family Radio, Bott Radio Network and KCBI in Dallas.

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INTERVIEW: Jaci Velasquez + Nic Gonzales

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To the world, Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales – frontman and founding member of the Latin-pop band Salvador – are renowned artists, known for blurring the lines of Christian and Latin music with multi-million selling discographies and era-defining radio singles. But to each other, they are simply Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales.

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INTERVIEW: Sandi Patty + Andrew Greer

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Having been awarded 5 Grammy Awards, 40 Dove Awards and a slew of Platinum and Gold records, guested on television staples like The Tonight Show and The Today Show, and performed in every venue imaginable from Carnegie Hall to the White House to the Indy 500, it is safe to say Sandi Patty is a music legend.

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INTERVIEW: Randall Goodgame + Go Fish

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For over a decade, singer-songwriter Randall Goodgame has set the song bar high with his insightful singer-songwriter records, his knack for the craft affirmed by the list of thoughtful songwriter peers who have recorded his songs – Jason Gray, Caedmon’s Call, and Ginny Owens.

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NEWS: 2014 Dove Awards Recap + Winners

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Tonight, the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out in 42 categories, as well as 4 special awards, with Hillsong UNITED taking home 5 honors, including the coveted “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” trophies. Switchfoot and Skilletjoined Hillsong UNITED as multiple winners of the evening. Co-hosted by Lecrae and MercyMe’s Bart Milliard, the awards drew a record attendance at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University. The entire show will be broadcast exclusively on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 12.

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INDUSTRY UPDATE: Risk in the Radio Industry

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For the contemporary Christian radio station out of Humble, Texas, risk is an essential part of the station’s identity. In fact, as Tammy Johnson explains, if employees are not taking risk, then they are failing in their job performance. As the head of KSBJ’s exciting endeavor entitled NGEN, Tammy knows firsthand how important the culture of risktaking is at KSBJ.

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INTERVIEW: Steven Curtis Chapman + Jason Gray

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Though Contemporary Christian music legend Steven Curtis Chapman and singer-songwriter radio darling Jason Gray released their major label jumpstarts twenty years apart – Chapman’s First Hand (Sparrow) debuted in 1987; Gray’s All the Lovely Losers (Centricity) in 2007 – the thoughtful-pop fan favorites are matched by best-selling discographies, strings of radio hits and humanitarian hearts, investing in the lives of families worldwide through Chapman’s Show Hope adoption advocacy organization and Gray’s personalized partnership with child sponsorship mainstays, World Vision. In an exclusive conversation for the GMA, Steven and Jason talk songs, each other, and joining forces on tour this fall to celebrate Chapman’s eighteenth studio recording – The Glorious Unfolding – releasing October 1 (Reunion/Provident).

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INTERVIEW: JJ Heller + Andrew Osenga

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She is an independent music darling. Her songs have received Top 20 radioplay, landing her discography on the Christian and folk music sales charts and placements on multiple television shows, including a celebrity cover of her song, “When I’m With You,” by Jennifer Love Hewitt’s “Riley Parks” character on Lifetime’s The Client List. And her latest LP, Dream of You, is nominated for a 2014 Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year, alongside gospel music legends Michael W. Smith and Sandi Patty.

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NEWS: More 2014 Dove Performers + Presenters

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The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces more presenters and performers to appear at the 45th Annual GMA Doves Awards (www.doveawards.com). Current nominees set to appear are for King & Country, 1 Girl Nation, Ellie Holcomb, Tedashii, David and Tamela Mann, Al and Lisa Robertson of Duck Dynasty and Sandi Patty. The Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 7 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.; set to air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on October 12, 2014. For Dove updates and breaking news, please visit the Gospel Music Association’s social networks.

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INTERVIEW: Building 429 + Unspoken

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Ten years ago, Building 429 released its major label debut, spawning a string of high-profile tours, a GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year, and BMI’s Christian Song of the Year for their multi-format number one track, “Glory Defined”. Last year, new Centricity band, Unspoken, debuted a Top 10 radio single, earned Top Christian Song of the Year honors from iTunes, and performed alongside industry staples like Sanctus Real and Big Daddy Weave.

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NEWS: Bart Millard + Lecrae to Host 2014 Dove Awards

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The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces multi-Dove Award winning powerhouses Bart Millard of MercyMe and Lecrae as co-hosts for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards (www.doveawards.com). The Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

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