2018 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Nominees Announced

The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the nominees for the 2018 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. As in years past, the nominees were chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and select media representatives. Starting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the fans will get a chance to vote for their favorites in several categories.

“It’s hard to imagine that we’ve been doing this awards program for 17 years,” mentioned Deon Unthank, President/CEO of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “We believe that our staff does such a fantastic job of choosing nominees and winners, and this year is no different!”

“Our awards program has become such a fun staple in our industry,” mentioned Chris Unthank, Editor-In-Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “Our blending of ‘critics choice’ and ‘fan awards’ provides a very unique view into our industry. This is going to be yet another exciting year for AGM and Gospel music.”

As far as nominations go, perennial favorites Karen Peck & New River and Joseph Habedank landed the most nominations this year. Both artists landed a stellar nine nominations apiece including individual nods in the Song of the Year category (for “Hope For All Nations” and “Here He Comes” respectively) and Album of the Year (for Hope For All Nations and Resurrection respectively). Karen Peck & New River’s group members Karen Peck Gooch and Matthew Gooch landed nods in Female Vocalist of the Year and Musician of the Year, while Habedank scored his ninth career nominations for both Male Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (Artist) (an award he won back in 2011).

Two groups followed closely behind as 11th Hour and The Nelons scored an impressive eight nominations apiece for their work in 2017. Both groups had individuals (11th Hour’s Amber Eppinette and The Nelons’ Jason Clark) land in the hotly contested Songwriter of the Year (Artist) category.

Next in line was The Freemans with six nominations including a Song of the Year mention for their #1 hit song “It Still Takes the Blood. Michael English, Kingdom Heirs, and The Perrys each scored five mentions. Taking four nominations each were the Bowling Sisters, Gold City, The Isaacs, Jason Crabb, Sisters, and Triumphant.

Gordon Mote, HIGHROAD, Lauren Talley, and Tribute all landed three nods. Several artists earned double nominations, including the Booth Brothers, Goodman Revival, Griffith Family, Gaither Vocal Band, Jim Brady Trio, Jeff Stice, Jonathan Wilburn, Michael Combs, Misty Freeman, New Legacy Project, The Old Paths, Steve Ladd, and Zane & Donna King.

Another perennial favorite, producer/songwriter Wayne Haun was the most nominated individual this year, taking a strong 11 nominations for his work this past year, including two separate Album of the Year mentions for his production work this year (for Karen Peck & New River’s Hope For All Nations and Joseph Habedank’s Resurrection. Lee Black, Jeff Collins, and The Nelons’ Jason Clark followed behind with six mentions for their songwriting and production work in 2017.

Songwriter Gerald Crabb earned an impressive five nods as well – including two mentions in the Song of the Year category. Amber Eppinette, Jason Cox, and Trey Ivey landed four nominations. Multiple people earned three nominations including Ar thur Rice, Dianne Wilkinson, Heather Ruppe Bennett, Jeremy Medkiff, Jimmy Yeary, Karen Peck Gooch, Kim Ruppe Sheffield, Michael Sykes, Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Rebecca J. Peck, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Tony Wood, and Valerie Ruppe Medkiff.

This year, the AGM Awards is introducing a new category: Christian Country Artist of the Year. This year’s nominees in this brand new category include Tommy Brandt, Chris Golden, Michael Lee, Oak Ridge Boys, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Jim Sheldon, and Bradley Walker.

More information on the 2018 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including hosts, performers, and sponsors, etc. The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 11, 2018.

 

The nominees for the 2018 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are listed below:

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Chain Breaker” – Triumphant (Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams)

“God of the Storms” – Tribute (Gerald Crabb, Savanah Foust)

“He Welcomes the Beggar” – 11th Hour (Jason Cox, Amber Eppinette, Kenna West)

“Here He Comes” – Joseph Habedank (Chris Cron, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood)

“Hope For All Nations” – Karen Peck & New River (Lee Black, Benji Cowart, Karen Peck Gooch)

“I Will Stand” – Gold City (Lee Black, Jason Cox)

“It Still Takes the Blood” – The Freemans (Gerald Crabb)

“Love Is the Golden Rule” – Michael English (Chip Davis, Dony McGuire, Reba Rambo-McGuire)

“Praise God He’s Alive” – Bowling Family (Harvey Smith)

“Rocks” – The Isaacs (Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary)

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Hope For All Nations – Karen Peck & New River (Wayne Haun)

Long Run – Old Paths (Jeff Collins)

Love Is the Golden Rule – Michael English (Jason Clark, Jay DeMarcus)

No Excuses, No Regrets – Steve Ladd (Cody McVey)

Resurrection – Joseph Habedank (Wayne Haun)

Silence the Stones – 11th Hour (Jeff Collins)

Simply Sisters – Sisters (Heather Bennett, Jeremy Medkiff, Valerie Medkiff, Gordon Mote, Kim Sheffield)

Still Happy – Goodman Revival (Johnny Minick, Michael Sykes)

The Gospel – Lauren Talley (Lauren Talley)

The Last Big Thing – Kingdom Heirs (Jeff Collins, Arthur Rice)

 

MALE VOCALIST

Adam Crabb (Gaither Vocal Band)

Michael English

Joseph Habedank

Steve Ladd (Old Paths)

Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs)

Jonathan Wilburn

 

FEMALE VOCALIST

Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)

Misty Freeman

Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)

Libbi Stuffle (The Perrys)

Lauren Talley (The Talleys)

Amber Nelon Thompson (The Nelons)

 

MALE GROUP

Booth Bothers

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Gaither Vocal Band

Kingdom Heirs

Tribute

Triumphant

 

FEMALE GROUP

Bowling Sisters

HIGHROAD

Master’s Promise

Sisters

Sweetwater Revival

 

MIXED GROUP

11th Hour

The Freemans

Karen Peck & New River

The Nelons

The Perrys

The Whisnants

 

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Bowling Sisters

Griffith Family

Jordan Family Band

Master’s Voice

New Legacy Project

 

SONGWRITER (ARTIST)

Jim Brady (Jim Brady Trio)

Jason Clark (The Nelons)

Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)

Joseph Habedank

Becky & Sonya Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Donna King (Zane & Donna King)

 

SONGWRITER (PROFESSIONAL)

Lee Black

Jason Cox

Janice Crow

Rebecca J. Peck

Sue C. Smith

Kenna West

Dianne Wilkinson

 

PRODUCER

Jason Clark (The Nelons)

Jeff Collins

Ricky Free

Wayne Haun

Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Trey Ivey

Donna King (Zane & Donna King)

Cody McVey

Gordon Mote

 

MUSICIAN

Kim Collingsworth (Collingsworth Family)

Bryan Elliott (Gold City)

Caylon Freeman (The Freemans)

Matthew Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)

Trey Ivey

Jeff Stice

 

TRADITIONAL SONG

“God of the Storms” – Tribute (Gerald Crabb, Savanah Faust)

“He’s Still Alive” – The Erwins (Rachel McCutcheon)

“I Will Stand” – Gold City (Lee Black, Jason Cox)

“Joy In the House” – The Whisnants (Marsha Henry, Barbara Huffman)

“Moses & Elijah”- The Perrys (Rebecca J. Peck, Dianne Wilkinson)

“The Last Big Thing” – Kingdom Heirs (Rebecca J. Peck, Dianne Wilkinson)

 

TRADITIONAL RECORDING

Still Happy – Goodman Revival (Johnny Minick, Michael Sykes)

Still the Same – The Whisnants (Trey Ivey)

Testament – The Perrys (Wayne Haun)

Thankful – Trumphant (Wayne Haun)

The Last Big Thing – Kingdom Heirs (Jeff Collins, Arthur Rice)

 

PROGRESSIVE SONG

“Ain’t No Bones” – 11th Hour (Sandy Knight)

“Chain Breaker” – Triumphant (Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams)

“Here He Comes” – Joseph Habedank (Chris Cron, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood)

“Hope For All Nations” – Karen Peck & New River (Lee Black, Benji Cowart, Karen Peck Gooch)

“If I Shout” – Jason Crabb (Jason Crabb, Michael Farren, Tony Wood)

 

PROGRESSIVE RECORDING

Hope For All Nations – Karen Peck & New River (Wayne Haun)

Love Is the Golden Rule – Michael English (Jason Clark, Jay DeMarcus)

Resurrection – Joseph Habedank (Wayne Haun)

Silence the Stones – 11th Hour (Jeff Collins)

Simply Sisters – Sisters (Heather Bennett, Jeremy Medkiff, Valerie Medkiff, Gordon Mote, Kim Sheffield)

The Beginning – Bowling Sisters (Mike Bowling, Aaron Crabb, Blaine Johnson)

The Gospel – Lauren Talley (Lauren Talley)

 

COUNTRY SONG

“He Sees What We Don’t” – Bowling Sisters (Amber Eppinette, Joseph Habedank)

“It Still Takes the Blood” – The Freemans (Gerald Crabb)

“Mysterious Ways” – Jason Crabb (Gerald Crabb, Jimmy Yeary)

“Rocks” – The Isaacs (Rebecca Bowman, Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Yeary)

“Somewhere I’m Going” – HIGHROAD (Lee Black, Jerry Salley, Sue C. Smith)

“When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace” – The Nelons (Wayne Haun, Barbara Huffman)

 

COUNTRY RECORDING

Another World – Southern Raised (Wayne Haun)

Tell Me the Story – Jonathan Wilburn (Scott Godsey)

The Americana Sessions – The Nelons (Jason Clark)

Tower of Song – The Freemans (Darrell Freeman, Dony McGuire, Michael Sykes)

Turn the Page – Misty Freeman (Scott Godsey, Trey Ivey)

 

SPECIAL EVENT PROJECT

A Very Perry Christmas – The Perrys (Wayne Haun)

Back Porch Christmas – Doug Anderson (Wayne Haun)

I’m Gonna Keep On: The Songs of Andrea Crouch – Jeff Stice

Sing Joy – Sisters (Heather Bennett, Jeremy Medkiff, Valerie Medkiff, Kim Sheffield)

The Americana Sessions – The Nelons (Jason Clark)

Treasures of Gold – Gold City (Daniel Riley)

 

MUSIC VIDEO

“Good vs. Evil” – Michael Combs

“He Can Take It” – Brian Free & Assurance

“Homesick For Heaven” – Jim Brady Trio

“Hope For All Nations” – Karen Peck & New River

“Somewhere I’m Going” – HIGHROAD

“When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace” – The Nelons

 

COUNTRY GOSPEL ARTIST

Tommy Brandt

Chris Golden

Michael Lee

Oak Ridge Boys

Hillary Scott & the Scott Family

Jim Sheldon

Bradley Walker

 

FAN FAVORITE ARTIST

11th Hour

2nd Generation

Booth Brothers

Griffith Family

Jason Crabb

Karen Peck & New River

Michael Combs

Michael English

New Legacy Project

Three Bridges

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