The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, October 18th, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. The show aired Friday, October 21st, exclusively on TBN and will re-air during the rest of the year. Daywind Music Group artists and songwriters had several nominations and two wins and participated in performances during the evening.
Dove Award winners included Bluegrass/Country/Roots Song of the Year for “In The Sweet By and By” by Dolly Parton with Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, and Bradley Walker. Daywind proudly congratulates A&R and Creative Director of Billy Blue Records, Jerry Salley, for his incredible work producing the song as well as the album Country Faith Bluegrass. The song was previously recognized with two Bluegrass Music Awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association earlier this month.
New Day Records’ artist, The Sound, took home their very first Dove Award for the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year for God Is Real. Levi Mills delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech during the Dove Awards, and the group’s acoustic pre-show awards performance was aired to Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena a few minutes later to the capacity crowd.
A highlight of the night occurred early on as several Daywind artists took part in a “Ladies of Southern and Bluegrass Gospel” performance of the song “Working on a Building” from the Dove-nominated album Country Faith Bluegrass. Produced by Sarah Davison of High Road, the segment featured female members of Karen Peck and New River, High Road, The Nelons, and The Hoppers with special guests Kenna Turner West, Vickie Vaughn, Sammy Potts, and Jaelee Roberts and step out vocals from Karen Peck, Autumn Nelon Clark, Sarah Davison, and Kim Hopper.
President of Daywind Music Group, Ed Leonard, stated “We are so proud of our nominees, winners, and performers at this year’s Dove Awards. It was especially gratifying to see the stage filled with Southern and Bluegrass Gospel’s best and brightest female stars! We are blessed to serve God through music and the Gospel message was on full display during the Dove Awards.”
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