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More Talent Added To The 48th Annual GMA DOVE AWARDS

CASTING CROWNS, ERICA CAMPBELL, HEZEKIAH WALKER, HOLLYN, JEKALYN CARR, JOSEPH HABEDANK, MICAH TYLER AND TAUREN WELLS ADDED TO PERFORMER LINEUP
PRAZOR and SoundExchange added as partners 
SoundExchange to present Fair Play Award to Gospel music legend Pat Boone
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 9, 2017– The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced more talent for the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Casting Crowns, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Hollyn, Jekalyn Carr, Joseph Habedank, Micah Tyler and Tauren Wells are set to perform during the awards show. Hollyn and Tauren Wells will host the Pre-Telecast. PRAZOR and SoundExchange were added as partners for the awards show set for October 17 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on October 22 at 8 p.m. CST. Limited tickets are available here 
These new additions round out the talent lineup that includes performers Bri (Briana Babineaux), CeCe Winans, Danny Gokey, Gaither Vocal Band, Hillsong Worship, Matt Redman, MercyMe, Reba McEntire, Ryan Stevenson, Steven Malcolm, Travis Greene and Zach Williams and presenters Anthony Brown, Chris Tomlin, David and Tamela Mann, for KING & Country and Matt Maher.
Gospel music legend Pat Boone will be honored with the SoundExchange Fair Play Award. Presented by SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe, this award recognizes the contributions of members of the entertainment community in the fight for public policy to protect all creators.
“We are excited to present the SoundExchange Fair Play Award to Pat Boone, and we are honored to do so during the premiere awards show for the Christian and Gospel genre,” Huppe said. “While we are recognizing Pat’s contributions at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards, he has played a key role as a champion for the fair and equal treatment of creators of music spanning all genres over the past six decades.  We thank him for standing up for the rights of all creators.”
The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Top nominated artists include Zach Williams, Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE. View the full list of nominees here. For more information, visit www.doveawards.com.
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The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to AbsolutelyGospel.com. The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.

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