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2019 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners

SONG OF THE YEAR: “If Church Pews Could Shout” – Gold City (written by Kenna West, Lee Black & Michael Farren)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Unexpected – Jason Crabb (produced by Jay DeMarcus)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Daniel Riley (Gold City)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Melissa Brady (Jim & Melissa Brady)

MALE GROUP OF THE YEAR: Triumphant Quartet

FEMALE GROUP OF THE YEAR: Bowling Sisters

MIXED GROUP OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck & New River

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Hinson Family

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (ARTIST): Joseph Habedank

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (PROFESSIONAL): Rebecca J. Peck

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Gordon Mote

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR: Caylon Freeman (The Freemans)

COUNTRY GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Johnny Minick & the Stewart Brothers

TRADITIONAL SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “Find Me Faithful” – The Perrys (written by Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, & Karen Peck Gooch)

TRADITIONAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Hope For the Journey – Gold City (produced by Michael Sykes, Ken Harding, and Daniel Riley)

PROGRESSIVE SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “Lost” – Jim Brady Trio (written by Rodney Griffin & Tony Wood)

PROGRESSIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Our Story – Three Bridges (produced by Tre’ Corley)

COUNTRY/ROOTS SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “Jailbreak” – Joseph Habedank (written by Joseph Habedank & Gerald Crabb)

COUNTRY/ROOTS RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Unexpected – Jason Crabb (produced by Jay DeMarcus)

SPECIAL EVENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR: Hymns With Friends – Joseph Habedank (produced by Lindsay Habedank)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “I Know I’ll Be There” – Karen Peck & New River (directed by Scott Godsey)

FAN FAVORITE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Michael Combs

SUSAN UNTHANK MEMORIAL AWARD: Libbi Stuffle

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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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