Southern Gospel winners at 2011 Dove Awards

The Dove Awards were announced last night in Atlanta. [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.]Β Southern Gospel-related winners include:

  • Song of the Year: “Sometimes I Cry,” Jason Crabb, written by Gerald Crabb
  • Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year: “Better Day,” Greatly Blessed, Gaither Vocal Band
  • Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year: “Mountaintop,” Straight From the Heart of Dixie, Little Roy and Lizzie Long
  • Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Greatly Blessed, Gaither Vocal Band
  • Bluegrass Album of the Year: Singing From the Heart, Dailey & Vincent

Most notable, of course, is the fact that a Southern Gospel artist’s song won the overall Song of the Year award. Michael English’s “In Christ Alone” won in 1994, and Sandi Patti’s “We Shall Behold Him,” penned by Dottie Rambo, won in 1982; however, though both had Southern Gospel connections, both songs achieved their radio airplay and notoriety on Contemporary Christian music stations and charts. Therefore, last night’s Song of the Year was the first going to a song recorded by an artist primarily known as a Southern Gospel artist since the Couriers’ “Statue of Liberty” won in 1976 (and, h/t Wes, the Blackwood Brothers’ “Learning to Lean” won in 1977).

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  1. does SG have its own share of mediocrity? of course, so does every genre of music. but i think this goes to prove that it also has some of the best artists/vocalists/musicians in ALL of “Christian music, not just SG. I wasn’t crazy about half of the new GVB album, but the other half was dynamite. I realize that the Doves are a completely different “package of listeners/voters”, but it’s nice to see. we should be proud.

    • Agreed . . . though I can’t help but wonder if it was the same or a different 50% of that GVB album that I liked! πŸ™‚

      • Even with your strict policy on SG, I’ll actually say…probably the same, give or take a song. True, I like many other styles of music, but let’s just say I don’t want another “Peace of the Rock” project by the GVB.

      • Cool!

        (Oh, and it’s not like I can only appreciate something with a Southern Gospel label . . . just as one example that came to mind yesterday, GLAD’s fugue interpretation of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” second here: , is sheer brilliance. πŸ™‚ )

  2. My half::)
    When He Blest My Soul
    You Are My All In All
    Please Forgive Me
    Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored
    He’s Alive
    He Is Here

    I am sure I half like a song to make it an even half of the album. πŸ™‚ (Maybe “Love Like I’m Leavin'”

    • I also wonder if the half the Dove people like is the other half. πŸ˜‰ That does make me wonder if part of what might make a Dove win work is to do an album like the GVB ‘s. It has half of songs that many of us here might like and half that more CCM audiences might. At least with the number of tracks that the GVB does, even 6 good songs on an album isn’t too bad of a ratio.

      I agree about “Peace of the Rock”. I never cared for that project as a whole. There are some okay songs on there and I did really like “Arms Around the World” and “Home Where I Belong”. “Set My Feet On The Rock” was good too. Some of the others were okay. Nonetheless, as a whole it doesn’t measure up and even the best songs on here don’t equate with many of their other songs.

      • yeah it was ok. but considering “Southern Classics” came out about a year later, I quickly forgot about “Peace of The Rock”

      • Odd…I actually enjoy “Peace Of The Rock” (believe it or not, it’s in my car right now!). I usually only skip two songs regularly (“I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say” and “Every Day, Every Hour” – I must prefer the Cathedrals’ rendition). I love “Voice Of The Father.” I’m not entirely sure what the goal of the album was, but with the exception of “Home Where I Belong,” there is not one song that can be attributed to one lead singer on the album.

      • I do give Terry and Michael credit in that they worked well together. They blended really well and it seemed Terry could anticipate to some degree what Michael was going to do (or maybe heard him do it) and then harmonize a third above Michael’s embellishments.

    • I guess discussions about this album are on-topic here, given that it won two of the Dove Awards under discussion!

      My Half:
      He’s Alive
      You Are My All in All
      That Sounds Like Home to Me


      I think “He’s Alive” and “You Are My All in All” are so head and shoulders above the rest that it’s a little hard to pick next best!

      • As I type this I am listening to demo of the choral arrangement of the GVB version of “You Are My All In All”. It is beautiful and they stayed pretty faithful to the GVB version. I can’t wait until we do it here. I ordered the music and track having only heard part of the demo.

      • and wow, nice math. half became 3.

      • I never said math was my strong point! πŸ™‚

  3. Glenn Dustin sang on that Dailey and Vincent album, so congrats to him!

    • So did Anthony Facello, Jeff Pearles, Andy Ball, and the venerable Doyle Lawson.

      • Is Andy Ball a different Ball than Andrew of the Ball Brothers?

      • My inclination is that they are one and the same, but, not being very familiar with the Ball Brothers, I am not sure. On the D&V press releases for the CD, they always say “Andy”.

      • Yeah I knew several of other SG guys sang on that project; but the only one I knew was Glenn since he posted it on his Facebook… I don’t have the CD… I need to get it I suppose…

  4. I’ve always found it interesting that the “____ Song of the Year” categories go to the artist and the songwriters, while the “____ Album of the Year” categories go to the artist and producer.

  5. Hooray for Gerald and Jason! Great song writing and great singing.

    OT-Daniel, thanks for changing the mobile site. It is so much better.


  6. For those interested, here is EHSS’s portion of the Doves program: (they reappear at 2:40)