Gaither, Karen Peck & New River nominated for Grammy Awards

The nominees for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. (EDIT 8/6/11: Broken link removed). In the “Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album” category, two Southern Gospel albums are among the six nominees. Karen Peck & New River picked up what I believe is their first Grammy nomination for Journey of Joy.

Bill & Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends also picked up a nomination for Amazing Grace. It was one of four slated projects to come out of their 200+-artist taping earlier this year. I was particularly pleased to see this homecoming nominated, since it is the first chance quite a few Southern Gospel artists and groups have had to be part of a Grammy-nominated project. Among these would be the Ball Brothers, the Collingsworth Family, the Perrys, and all the members of today’s Blackwood Brothers except Jimmy Blackwood.

Incidentally, since Karen Peck & New River was on the Homecoming Video, if a Southern Gospel title wins, they’ll be a winner either way.

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