2009 Stellar Gospel Music Award Winners

Marvin Sapp Leads the List of Winners with Eight Awards, Newcomer Jonathan Nelson Wins Three and Ricky Dillard and New G. Take Home Two

January 17Th 2009- Nashville, Tenn. –The 24Th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards were handed out tonight at the legendary Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Leading the list of winners is chart-topping traditional gospel singer Marvin Sapp with eight awards including “Artist of the Year,” Song of the Year,” Male Vocalist of the Year,” and “CD of the Year.” Gospel’s newest star, Jonathan Nelson nabbed three Stellar statues including “Contemporary CD of the Year,” “Group/Duo of the Year” and “Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year” for the CD “Right Now Praise,” from Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose. The ladies shined bright this evening with Jessica Green taking home the “New Artist of the Year” award and The Clark Sisters winning in the “Special Event of the Year” category.

Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Central City Productions, brought the prestigious award show back to Nashville , Tenn. for the 4th consecutive year, bringing excitement, anticipation and gospel music’s brightest stars to Music City . Super stars of music, film and television came out in support of the show’s 24th year, including “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd, actors Sheryl Lee Ralph and Clifton Davis, R&B Singer Mario of “Dancing with The Stars.” Stellar performances came from the always energetic Tye Tribbett, this year’s “Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance CD of the Year” winner Kirk Franklin and last year’s Rap Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year” winner, Da’ T.R.U.T.H.

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards will air nationally on March 7, 2009 on WGN America and on March 1, 2009 on the Gospel Music Channel. Gospel Music Channel (GMC), the nation’s fastest-growing television network and the first and only 24/7 television network devoted to all forms of gospel music, will be the exclusive cable home for the 24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. GMC will premiere the Stellar Awards on Sunday, March 1, 2009. For more information about the Gospel Music Channel, log on to www.gospelmusicchannel.com.

Please check www.thestellarawards.com for local listings.

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24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Winners:
(Current and former Detroit and Michigan artists are shown in Red)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

SONG OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp and Matthew Brownie, “Never Would Have Made It” – Thirsty, Zomba Label Group

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dorinda Clark-Cole, Take it Back, Zomba Label Group

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose, Right Now Praise, Integrity Music

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– Jessica Greene, 4 the World, Habakkuk Music

CD OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– Ricky Dillard & New G, The 7th Episode: Live in Toronto , NuSpring Records/EMI Gospel
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
– Aaron Lindsey, Thirsty, Zomba Label Group

CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
-Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose, Right Now Praise, Integrity Music

TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– The Canton Spirituals, Driven, Verity/Zomba Label Group

CONTEMPORARY MALE OF THE YEAR
Byron Cage, Live at the Apollo: The Proclamation, Gospocentric/Zomba Label Group

TRADITIONAL MALE OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE OF THE YEAR
CeCe Winans, Thy Kingdom Come, PureSprings Gospel

TRADITIONAL FEMALE OF THE YEAR
– Beverly Crawford, Live from Los Angeles , JDI Records

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
– Jonathan Nelson featuring Purpose, Right Now Praise, Integrity Music

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
– Kirk Franklin, “Declaration: (This is it)” – The Fight of My Life, Fo Yo Soul/Gospocentric/Zomba Label Group

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Marvin Sapp, “Never Would Have Made It”, Verity/Zomba Label Group

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– Bishop Paul Morton & The Full Gospel Baptist Church Choir, Embracing the Next Dimension, Light Records/Tehillah

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– Ricky Dillard & New G., The 7th Episode: Live in Toronto , NuSpring Records/EMI Gospel

INSTRUMENTAL GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
– Angella Christie, The Breath of Life, ACSM Music

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
The Clark Sisters, The Best of the Clark Sisters Encore, Dexterity Sounds

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
– Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Open Book, Cross Movement Records

CHILDRENS PROJECT OF THE YEAR
– Kaira Miller, In God’s Time/It Ain’t Over, GFM Entertainment

QUARTET OF THE YEAR
– Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’S, So Much to be Thankful for, MCG Records

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
– Michelle Lukianovich, Art Direction & Design; Keith Major, Photography, Marvin Sapp – Thirsty, Verity/Zomba Label Group

PRAISE AND WORHSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
– Shekinah Glory Ministry, Jesus, Kingdom Records

For further information, please contact Donna Torrence at Mediasavvy PR, Inc.

(201) 854-7082 or via e-mail at donna@mediasavvypr.com.

 

ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS

The Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) produces the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.  It has been 23 years since the first awards show was taped at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago , and the Stellar Awards has now become the premier Gospel event that recognizes and honors African American artists. This one of a kind award show has showcased top Gospel artists and many television and film stars.

 

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Michael Johnson will direct this year’s award show, and Jennifer Jackson is the Executive in Charge of production. Erma Gray Davis is the President and Chief Operations Officer of Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original programming to television and cable networks. Please visit www.thestellarawards.com  for more information.

 

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