ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul team presented the 3rd Annual "Morning Glory' Breakfast Reception for this year's Stellar Award Nominees on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Nashville, Tenn. The 28th Stellar Awards is Gospel's biggest night and honors Gospel music artists, writers and industry professionals for their contributions to the industry.
The event was hosted by Pastor Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International who is also President and CEO of Arrow Records. Pastor Dollar stated "God wants his His music back. We can only do that by the lives we live." Jason Nelson sang "Shifting the Atmosphere."
Legendary singer, songwriter and pastor, Andraé Crouch was honored with the 2013 ASCAP Gospel Icon Award. During his acceptance speech, Crouch recalled how, at age 15, he had thrown the lyrics of “The Blood” in the trash can and his twin sister Sandra Crouch retrieved it and told him it was a good song. That song launched a career that has led to multiple awards, an Oscar nomination and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
There was an impromptu all-star tribute to Crouch that was led by The Williams Brothers and other ASCAP honorees that included singing "Let the Church Say Amen."
Several award winning singer/songwriters were in attendance, including James Fortune, The Williams Brothers, William McDowell, Maurette Brown Clark, Flame, Lamonte Harris (of G.I.) and Rick Robinson, who were all honored for their Stellar Award nominations.