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4/8/2011 - Presenters Announced for 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards and Jason Crabb to Host Pre-Telecast Awards
The list of stars keeps growing for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards being held on Wednesday, April 20th at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Celebrities from across the entertainment landscape will present awards during the televised awards show. The 42nd Annual Dove Awards, hosted by Sherri Shepherd, will take place at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, April 20th at 8 p.m. ET. The awards show will be televised on GMC, America’s favorite network for uplifting entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. ET.
Super Bowl and Green Bay Packer standout Greg Jennings, actresses Kim Fields and Yvette Nicole Brown, comedienne Chonda Pierce, actor Kevin Sorbo, singers Mandisa and Ruben Studdard, Leigh Anne Tuohy and Collins Tuohy round out the list of presenters. The pre-show event will be hosted by artist Jason Crabb, who is a multi-Dove Award nominee. Brian Courtney Wilson and Guy Penrod will perform at the pre-show.
Previously announced performers and appearances during the televised show include Audrey Assad, Francesca Battistelli, Natalie Grant, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Deitrick Haddon, Kirk Franklin, LeCrae, Mary Mary, Britt Nicole, Chonda Pierce, Point of Grace, Kerrie Roberts, Kenny Rogers, Smokie Norful, Marvin Sapp, Chris Tomlin, Laura Story, Tenth Avenue North.
The year’s new location and excitement surrounding the awards show have tickets selling at a record pace. The ticket sales are already exceeding 60% over the past years at this date leading up to the April 20th awards show. “This is exciting and unprecedented for the GMA Dove Awards,” states INO’s Dan Michaels, who is overseeing the sales for this year’s event.
In addition to the already announced appearances, the GMA launched a very successful campaign inviting churches to submit video of them performing a praise and worship hymn. With nearly 100 entries to date, the winners will be part of this year’s telecast and awards show.
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards are produced by GMC, in association with Encore Entertainment. Michael Johnson is director. Tommy Sims is musical director. Rex Humbard is executive producer for GMC. Ed Leonard and Mitchell Solarek are executive producers for GMA.
Many events will be taking place throughout the week in Atlanta surrounding the awards. The nominee luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 19. Various record labels will host special events and the annual Holy Hip-Hop Awards will be given out.
For more information on the awards, please visit www.wortmanworks.com/clients/doveawards for more detailed information on the show and all the participants or visit www.doveawards.com.
Tickets to the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Fox Theatre box office in Atlanta or at www.ticketmaster.com.
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4/8/2008 - Telecast Releasing Third Project April 29th on BEC Recordings
Seattle, WA...April 7, 2008...Known as the band that keeps a simple approach, yet deeply rooted lyrics and production, Telecast will release a worship project on April 29th aptly titled Quiet Revolution. In an answer to their own questions raised from too much "noise" and clutter in life, Telecast embraces the simple joys of spending time alone with God in a life with many distractions. With such a perfect mix of theology and simplicity, Quiet Revolution gives the listener a balance of unhindered worship.
Over the last couple of years, Telecast's singer/songwriter Josh White has had a crash course in embracing these simple joys. "I quickly realized that I allowed so much noise into my life that I lost sight of Christ in the process," White says. "There is a beautiful simplicity in a relationship with Jesus. It was just a matter of re-defining my priorities."
With Telecast's third album on BEC Recordings, Quiet Revolution, White and his band accomplish that goal in spades with a beautifully crafted collection of 12 songs that serve as a call to holiness for believers.
Like the band's previous two efforts, the atmospheric, Brit-rock ambience of songs like "The Message" and "All Around Me" tip their hat to Travis, The Doves and Coldplay yet with their own original flare. Since White is never content simply repeating what's already been done, his inner folkie a la Nick Drake, Bread and Simon & Garfunkel also provided much of the album's inspiration.
"I like to push the envelope without losing everyone in the process," White says. "My goal was to write some really simple, beautiful melodies. This time, my producer Zach Hodges and I actually wrote most of the piano hooks before the guitar hooks, so that alone gave the project a whole new feel."
Such a track and debut single is "Beautiful Mystery," where White was inspired to write in the lonely countryside of Iceland. "I was mediating on the mysteriousness of loving a God that I can't see, when it hit me that it is a far greater mystery that I believe so firmly not just in this unseen God's existence but in His Love for me," White shares. "Unseen realities do not cause me much discomfort, or even bring much skepticism into my mind, for the things that I love most about those I love is not what is seen."
In support of their forthcoming release, Telecast will be hitting the road with Robbie Seay Band beginning in May. For tour dates updated daily, go to Telecast's MySpace.
Telecast's story is such of a prodigal son with reuniting with God and challenging listeners to live a life worthy of His calling. Josh White was once a member of a popular mainstream band in Seattle, Man Ray, which was signed to Mercury Records in 1997. Despite modest success, however, the band was later dropped from the label, and White went on to form another band called Medicate. Before long that pursuit began feeling empty, and White began re-embracing a closer relationship with God. Now with Telecast, White has never been happier to write about his love for God. Of course, White's the first to admit that he doesn't always have everything together, considering he's a pastor and worship leader at Solid Rock Church and a professional musician. And while the juggling act is never easy, White's resolve certainly is single-minded: "I want to bring theology back to music and be as Jesus-focused as possible. Pure and simple." Telecast is composed of: Josh White, Bobby Love, Luke Stillar, Brook Mosser, Zach Hodges, John Mark Comer and Ashley Elder.
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