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Southern Gospel Artists and Industry Professionals Named Winners at 2017 GMA Dove Awards

Here is a list of all the southern gospel artists and industry professionals honored at last night’s GMA Dove Awards:

Southern Gospel Artist of the Year:
Gaither Vocal Band

Southern Gospel Song of the Year:
“Better Together” – Gaither Vocal Band; (writers) William J. Gaither, Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire, Chip Davis

Country/Bluegrass/Roots Song of the Year:
“When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace” – The Nelons; (writers) Wayne Haun, Barbara Huffman

Southern Gospel Album of the Year:
Resurrection – Joseph Habedank; (producer) Wayne Haun

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year:
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope – Reba McEntire (producers) Reba McEntire, Jay DeMarcus, Doug Sisemore

Musical Choral Collection of the Year:
For the Sake of Love – (creators) Lee Black, Cliff Duren, Camp Kirkland, Steve Mauldin, Phil Nitz

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as SoGospelNews.com, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

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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