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GMA Announces More Talent for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Dove Awards

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces more performers and presenters for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Matthew West, Big Daddy Weave, Greater Vision, Jonathan McReynolds, Joseph Habedank, Karen Peck & New River, Kingdom Heirs and The Isaacs will perform. Lecrae, Danny Gokey, Donald Lawrence, Hillary Scott, Jason Ingram, Jonathan Butler, LeAndria Johnson, Matt Maher, Michael Jr., Chris Cleveland (of Stars Go Dim) and Veritas will present along with hosts for KING & COUNTRY and Tye Tribbett. The sold-out awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 11 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 16.

These new appearances join already announced performers TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Bethel Music, Hollyn, Hillsong UNITED, Natalie Grant, Phillips, Craig & Dean and Tamela Mann and presenters Chris Tomlin, Jordan Feliz, Kari Jobe, Kirk Franklin, Priscilla Shirer, Ryan Stevenson, Tasha Cobbs, Willie Moore Jr., Bill Gaither, CeCe Winans, David Mann, Hezekiah Walker, Jaci Velasquez, Janice Gaines, Lauren Daigle, Sadie Robertson and Wally from WAY-FM.

The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Nominees are determined by over 1,600 professional members, and winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500.

Top nominated artists include Lauren Daigle, Hillsong UNITED, Chris Tomlin. Kirk Franklin and Bill Gaither.  View the full list of nominees at  For more information, visit

Matthew West, Joey + Rory & Ricky Skaggs to Play Sunday Morning at the River

Sunday Morning at the River

Sunday Morning at the River

Matthew West is set to perform at the first-ever “Sunday Morning At The River” as a part of Country Music Association’s 2013 CMA Music Festival. The event will also include performances by 14-time GRAMMY® winner and country/bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, as well as country music duo Joey + Rory. Pastor Mike Glenn of Brentwood Baptist Church will give a special message. Admission to the event is free to the public and will take place on June 9 at 10:00 AM on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.

The special performance comes at an important time in Matthew West’s career, as his second single, “Hello, My Name Is,” from the 2012 album Into the Light, recently hit No. 1 at Christian Radio. The empowering song, which is inspired by a true story of addiction and recovery as a part of over 10,000 stories sent to West, holds the No. 1 spot atop the National Christian Audience, AC Monitored and AC Indicator charts with total audience impressions reaching over 10 million. “Hello, My Name Is” continues to hold the top spot of the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Top Songs chart.

Matthew West has also just announced his fall tour. The “Into The Light Tour” will feature special guests Sidewalk Prophets and Jason Castro, and will hit 35 cities nationwide in support of Into the Light, the album that has been referred to by critics as “emotional,” “entertaining” and an “honest celebration of humanity.” Dates and cities will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit

Matthew West to Appear on ‘Katie’ and ‘Fox & Friends’

Matthew West

Matthew West is slated to perform before two major, national television audiences over the next week with stops at Katie and Fox & Friends. West will perform his hit single, “Forgiveness,” which has inspired radio listeners and is featured on his praised new album, Into The Light. Also set to appear on Katie are Renee Napier and Eric Smallridge, whose touching story has become the inspiration behind “Forgiveness.” The acclaimed singer-songwriter will perform live this Saturday, Dec. 15 on Fox & Friends, which airs at 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST on FOX News Channel. His performance on ABC’s No. 1 new talk show, Katie, will air next Wed., Dec. 19 (check local listings).

These appearances come in the wake of West celebrating two GRAMMY® nods for The 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, bringing his career total to four nominations. He was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Into The Light, as well as a songwriting nomination for his contribution to the Casting Crowns song “Jesus, Friend of Sinners.” Into The Light was released in September to across-the-board praise and stellar reviews.

Matthew West will pre-headline the renowned Winter Jam Tour Spectacular in the spring of 2013, joining fellow GRAMMY® nominee TobyMac, rock phenomenon Red, “Hold Me” songstress Jamie Grace and others. For more information on the Winter Jam Tour, visit:

Matthew West’s ‘Into The Light’ Bows Today to Overwhelming Praise

Matthew West

With two GRAMMY® nominations, a Primetime Emmy® nod, a sold-out arena tour and a Billboard Music Award nomination, 2012 has been quite a year for Sparrow Records recording artist Matthew West. Today, West augments this already-stellar season with the release of his fifth studio album, Into The Light, as it bows to across-the-board praise. The project quickly climbed to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Albums chart upon release and to No. 39 on the overall iTunes ® Albums chart.

After receiving over 10,000 personal stories from all over the globe for his heralded 2010 album, The Story of Your Life, the acclaimed singer-songwriter, who has been forever impacted by the outpouring of stories, felt as though there was even more for others to say during this season of his music. The new studio album, Into The Light, features 12 tracks inspired by 10,000 new letters submitted after West invited people to, once again, send him their stories. The songs comprising Into the Light were inspired by stories touching on everything from the power of forgiveness, drug addiction, the rejection of apathy, domestic violence and many other topics.

In addition, the album’s lead single, “Forgiveness,” is continuing its steady ascent toward No. 1 at radio, with it claiming the No. 4 spot on the National Audience Chart, No. 4 at Christian AC Monitored, No. 2 at AC Indicator and No. 11 at CHR this week. In addition to charting in the Top 5 on the National Christian Audience chart, the single garnered nearly 8 million audience impressions this week. “Forgiveness” also stands firm in the Top 10 on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Songs chart, where it has remained since its release in July.

West kicked off his headlining “The Into The Light Tour” on Thurs., Sept. 20 in Dallas and is visiting 33 markets, including Denver, Atlanta and Tampa, through the fall. For a complete listing of tour dates and cities, visit

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