The Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards announced Wednesday, Aug. 13 the 2014 nominees at a live streamed press conference via Hear It First. Chicago's own Gospel music phenomenon and Columbia College alumni, Jonathan McReynolds proudly represented the Windy City. Nominees were announced in a total of 45 categories, in which Chicago Gospel music artists were among three categories.
Jackie Patillo, President and Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association, welcomed the attendees to the campus of Lipscomb University located in Nashville, TN. The nominees were announced before an audience of industry executives, movers and shakers and media outlets in the Allen Arena. Some of the Gospel music and Christian music top artists enthusiastically unveiled the names of the nominees, of whom included Chicago's virtuoso Jonathan McReynolds. Making his day, Jonathan McReynolds, read the nominees of the category he was nominated, Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year for his song "No Gray".
Among those officially nominated; Chicago stood strong and proud. Notable Chicago choirs, songwriters and producers were recognized for their expertise. The "Mecca of Gospel Music" once again rose to the top. Congratulations to all the nominees for their phenomenal work and much success to them. To stay abreast of all the latest news and for a complete list of nominees in their respective categories, visit the Dove Awards website.
Traditional Gospel Song of the Year
"Amazing" Ricky Dillard & New G
(writer: Tiffany Joy McGhee)
"I've Got Favor" New Direction
(writer: Percy Gray Jr.)
"Glory and Honor" Chicago Mass Choir
(writers: Greg Booth and Percy Gray, Jr.
Traditional Gospel Album of the Year
Greater Than Before-Dexter Walker & Zion Movement
(producers: Derrick Starks and Derrick Jackson)