Singing News posts 2011 Fan Awards top 10 nominations

Singing News posted their 2011 Singing News Fan Awards top ten nominations this morning.

The biggest surprise was a pleasant one: Tribute Quartet tenor Riley Harrison Clark picked up three nominations, for Young Artist, Horizon Individual, and Tenor of the Year. Yes, that’s right, Tenor of the Year. He joined Tribute on June 30th of last year – nine months ago – and is, if my memory serves me correctly, the first member of Tribute Quartet to pick up a top 10 nomination for any of the four vocal parts. This proves that the online buzz about Clark isn’t just online buzzโ€”or, alternatively, that online buzz is now enough to garner a top 10 nomination. Congratulations on a well-deserved nomination, Riley!

Also of note, the Garms Family posted their guesses in their first postโ€”and were consistently very close to, tied, or more accurate than my own guesses. Great start, TGF!

Favorite Artist

  • Booth Brothers
  • Brian Free & Assurance
  • Free, Brian
  • Greater Vision
  • Kingdom Heirs
  • Legacy Five
  • McKameys
  • Ivan Parker
  • Perrys
  • Triumphant Qt

TGF: 6 of 10
Daniel: 8 of 10

Traditional Quartet

  • Blackwood Brothers Qt
  • Brian Free & Assurance
  • Dove Brothers
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Gold City
  • Inspirations
  • Kingdom Heirs
  • Legacy Five
  • Mark Trammell Qt
  • Triumphant Qt

TGF: 8 of 10
Daniel: 9 of 10

Mixed Group

  • Browns
  • Chuck Wagon Gang
  • Collingsworth Family
  • Crabb Revival
  • Crist Family
  • Diplomats
  • Hoppers
  • Isaacs
  • McKameys
  • Perrys

TGF and Daniel (same guesses): 8 of 10


  • Booth Brothers
  • Bowling Family
  • Greater Vision
  • Greenes
  • Jeff & Sheri Easter
  • Karen Peck & New River
  • Nelons
  • Sisters
  • Talley Trio
  • Whisnants

TGF and Daniel (same guesses): 7 of 10

Favorite Male Singer

  • Booth, Michael – Booth Brothers
  • Booth, Ronnie – Booth Brothers
  • Brady, Jim- Booth Brothers
  • Crabb, Jason- Soloist
  • Fowler, Scott – Legacy Five
  • Free, Brian – Brian Free & Assurance
  • Habedank, Joseph- Perrys
  • Parker, Ivan – Soloist
  • Rice, Arthur – Kingdom Heirs
  • Wolfe, Gerald – Greater Vision

TGF: 7 of 10
Daniel: 8 of 10

Favorite Female Singer

  • Bean, Peg McKamey – McKameys
  • Easter, Sheri – Jeff & Sheri Easter
  • Gooch, Karen Peck – Karen Peck & New River
  • Greene, TaRanda- Soloist
  • Hopper, Kim- Hoppers
  • Hopper, Connie- Hoppers
  • Paschal, Janet – Soloist
  • Stuffle, Libbi – Perrys
  • Talley, Lauren – Talley Trio
  • Whisnant, Susan – Whisnants

TGF: 8 of 10
Daniel: 9 of 10


  • Allman, Chris – Greater Vision
  • Booth, Michael – Booth Brothers
  • Clark, Riley- Tribute Qt
  • Free, Brian – Brian Free & Assurance
  • Gaches, Gus- Legacy Five
  • Haase, Ernie – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Hosterman, Jodi- Inspirations
  • Phelps, David- Gaither Vocal Band
  • Sutton, David – Triumphant Qt
  • Wood, Joel- Mark Trammell Qt

TGF: 7 of 10
Daniel: 8 of 10


  • Booth, Ronnie – Booth Brothers
  • Fowler, Scott – Legacy Five
  • Habedank, Joseph – Perrys
  • Hutson, Bryan- Kingsmen
  • Inman, Clayton – Triumphant Qt
  • Ragan, David- Inspirations
  • Rice, Arthur – Kingdom Heirs
  • Shivers, Bill – Brian Free & Assurance
  • Sweatman, Dustin- Mark Trammell Qt
  • Wolfe, Gerald – Greater Vision

TGF: 7 of 10
Daniel: 8 of 10


  • Anderson, Doug- Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Brady, Jim – Booth Brothers
  • French, Steve- Kingdom Heirs
  • Griffin, Rodney- Greater Vision
  • Howard, Scott – Legacy Five
  • Inman, Scott – Triumphant Qt
  • Lowry, Mark- Gaither Vocal Band
  • Selph, Derrick- Brian Free & Assurance
  • Trammell, Mark- Mark Trammell Qt
  • Walker, Bryan- Perrys

TGF: 9 of 10
Daniel: 8 of 10


  • Barker, Pat- Mark Trammell Qt
  • Bennett, Eric – Triumphant Qt
  • Chapman, Jeff – Kingdom Heirs
  • Duncan, Tim – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Dustin, Glenn – Legacy Five
  • Holcomb, Mike – Inspirations
  • Lile, Jeremy – Brian Free & Assurance
  • Reese, Ray Dean – Kingsmen
  • Riley, Tim- Gold City
  • Stuffle, Tracy – Perrys

TGF and Daniel (same guesses): 9 of 10

Other nominees:

  • Soloist: Mark Bishop, Michael Combs, Jason Crabb, TaRanda Greene, Ivan Parker, Squire Parsons, Janet Paschal, Guy Penrod, Charlotte Ritchie, Ryan Seaton.
  • Young Artist: Riley Clark, Courtney Collingsworth, Morgan Easter, Eli Fortner, Jameson Lewis (Lewis Tradition), Cody McVey, Amanda Smith, Andy Stringfield, Amber Thompson, Austin Whisnant
  • Horizon Group: Akins, Ball Brothers, Freedom Singers, Freedom Trio, Old Paths, Red Roots, Sisters, Statement of Faith, Taylors, Voices Won
  • Horizon Individual: Trent Adams, Riley Clark, Courtney Collingsworth, Jeff Hawes, Cody McVey, David Ragan, Logan Smith, Andy Stringfield, Bryan Walker, Austin Whisnant.
  • Soprano: Brooklyn Collingsworth, Connie Fortner, Karen Peck Gooch, TaRanda Greene, Kim Hopper, Sonya Isaacs, Charlotte Ritchie, Valerie Ruppe, Lauren Talley, Amber Thompson
  • Alto: Peg McKamey Bean, Kelly Nelon Clark, Sheri Easter, Sheryl Farris, Connie Hopper, Susan Peck Jackson, Janis Lewis Phillips, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Debra Talley, Susan Whisnant
  • Musician: Kim Collingsworth, Roger Fortner, Gordon Mote, Dennis Murphy, Eric Ollis, Tim Parton, Jeff Stice, Josh Singletary, Andy Stringfield, Stewart Varnado
  • Band: Crabb Revival, Dove Brothers, Gaither Vocal Band, Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kingdom Heirs, McKameys, Primitive Qt, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Whisnants
  • Songwriter: Mark Bishop, Jim Brady, Gerald Crabb, Sheryl Farris, Rodney Griffin, Joseph Habedank, Scott Inman, Kyla Rowland, Dianne Wilkinson
  • Album: Blue Skies (Perrys), Declaration (Booth Brothers), Love Came Calling (Triumphant), Jubilee, Live at Oak Tree (Jeff & Sheri Easter), Live at Oak Tree (Karen Peck & New River), Never Walk Alone (Brian Free & Assurance), Testimony (Mark Trammell Quartet), Tribute to Cathedral Quartet (Signature Sound), Welcome Back (Greater Vision)
  • Song: Celebrate Me Home (Perrys), Faithful One (Booth Brothers), I Thirst (Signature Sound), Just Stand (Legacy Five), Love Came Calling (Triumphant Quartet), Never Been (Greater Vision), Never Walk Alone (Brian Free & Assurance), Somebody Died for Me (Triumphant Quartet), Testimony (Mark Trammell Quartet), The Shepherd’s Point of View (McKameys)

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  1. Wow! That was neat to see how close we were on our predictions. But Daniel, you definitely had the upper hand by not stepping out on a limb. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Only one problem…we were disappointed to not see the Cathedrals get a nomination for Favorite Quartet or Michael Booth nominated for Female Singer. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I think the SN nominations are inherently safe, year after year, with few surprises (at least till the final awards are announced!)

      >>โ€ฆwe were disappointed to not see the Cathedrals get a nomination for Favorite Quartet or Michael Booth nominated for Female Singer.


  2. If I were to write a blog post as to the winners, should I use my personal picks or my guesses?

    • You can do both: Say, “Well, I’d like to see so-and-so win in this category, but it’ll probably be so-and-so.”

    • I’m not sure I understand the question – about this round? If you’re referring to this round, I’d go on guesses.

      If you’re talking about next round, either goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I plan to post both my picks and the ones I think will really win on my blog over the next few days. I plan to talk about a few categories each day instead of doing them all at once.

      • Where is your blog, Jeff?

      • [EDIT, 2/21/13: Broken Link Removed.]

        I just started it back up a few days ago.

  3. I don’t even know half of the songs that are nominated. How is this a real fan-voted program??

    • Curious,

      Do you regularly listen to Southern Gospel radio? These are singles regularly played on Southern Gospel radio stations. If you don’t that would explain why you don’t know half of them.


      • Daniel, here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area we don’t have what would be termed a “Southern Gospel” radio station. I owned a General Motors pickup with the XM radio, and could listen to Southern Gospel over satellite.

        The few stations we have (KCBI 90.9 and KLTY 94.9) are predominantly contemporary formats.

      • Understood, since I live in an area where the only Christian stations in range are CCM, too. Anyhow, that probably explains why you’ve only heard half of them, since the top 10 are generally current or recent radio singles.

      • Same here.

  4. I know the Booth, Sig Sound, Triumphant, and Trammell songs.

    E.g. Have the Perrys even put their song out to radio yet? Is it even on the charts? I haven’t heard it.

    • “Celebrate Me Home” was released to radio in December and debuts for April at #30. It has moved for May to #15.

      A good majority of the Song of the Year nominees are those consistently played on Solid Gospel..because they have a large monopoly of SG radio stations.

      • Well, they do have quite a few stations, but I think only their flagship station charts (as opposed to all the rebroadcast stations reporting separately!)

  5. This is my understanding, too, Daniel. I will say that in the Favorite Song category there is consistently a song or two I have never heard on the radio that makes the top 10. This year it’s Just Stand, by Legacy Five. And while I am blessed to have four southern gospel stations I can listen to at various times throughout my day, and I still have yet to hear that one. Solid Gospel has not yet played the L-5 song nor the Perrys, to my knowledge, although I have heard Celebrate Me Home and think it’s a great song. I guess my pick for this category, however, would be the McKamesy or one of the two Triumphant songs. And that in and of itself is a rare event, two songs in the top 10 by the same group. And I agree on the comments about Riley Clark. Definitely star quality and a sweet and humble spirit about him, too. Just a few thoughts from where I sit today.