First, some background: SoGospelNews streamed their annual Ovation awards last night; it was the first time they had been streamed online. I was impressed with the overall quality of the show; many nominees and most of the winners were present. A complete list of winners is here; [EDIT, 2/21/13: Broken Link Removed.] Karen Peck and New River, the Perrys, the Booth Brothers, and Rusty Golden all took home multiple awards.
Of particular note is Rusty Golden’s impressive list of four awards. His songs won overall song of the Year (co-write with Jerry Salley on “I Want to Thank You”), Country Song of the Year (same), Progressive Song of the Year (co-write with Booth Brothers on “What Salvation’s Done For Me”), and Songwriter of the Year (Professional).
Since I regularly read album credits, I started seeing his name on enough cuts that I realized the impact he was going to make on the genre some time back. He was featured a year and a half ago in this site’s October 2008 feature interview. I believe these are his first awards in this genre—and he certianly started in style by winning four.