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GMA Diary - Monday, April 17 Page 4

  • 2000 18 Apr
GMA Diary - Monday, April 17 Page 4
by Barry Smades for the Music Channel at

Monday's dinner hour featured the annual Membership Banquet and Meeting. With {{Aaron Benward}} and The {{Hoppers}} providing the music, the dinner featured the presentation of the annual GMA Awards and the election of the Board of Directors.

The awards and their winners were:

The Impact Award - the WoW compilations

The Scott Campbell Award (Christian Radio) - former NCRS head Joe Battaglia

The Rob Gregory Award (service to Christian radio) - Jim Campbell, head of the Radio Training Institute who started a number of Christian stations (He was unable to attend due to an emergency triple-bypass surgery three weeks ago).

The Grady Nutt Humor Award - comedienne {{Chonda Pierce}}

The International Award - {{Delirious}}

Outstanding Mainstream Contribution to Christian Music - Wal-Mart

Lifetime Achievement Award - The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Long-time crusade music director Cliff Barrows was on hand to accept the award and dedicated it to "the scores of gifted artists who have shared of their talent, time and often resources to share the Good News of Jesus Christ."

He also told the gathering that he once told Mr. Graham that "he'd be out of a job in Heaven. For us musicians, the work will just be beginning."

Provident Music Distribution presented the evening concert at the Ryman Auditorium and it was hosted by two of the craziest men in Christian Music - {{Gary Chapman}} and {{Bryan Duncan}}. The evening's performance included {{4 Him}}, {{Shine MK}}, {{Jars of Clay}}, {{Parkway}} (aided by JOC), {{Andrew Peterson}}, {{V*Enna}}, {{Heather Miller}}, {{Donnie McClurkin}} and the hosts.

News from the evening included:

{{4 Him}} debuted two songs from its "Hymns: A Place Of Worship" project to arrive this summer.
{{Jars of Clay}} announced that they will be touring soon with Jennifer Knapp and Luna Halo and that this tour will be where church youth groups can attend. "We want to give back to those who have supported us taking the Good News into places that Christians might not normally come. That's why this tour will be aimed at them."
{{Andrew Peterson}}, the new artist from Watershed Records, got a standing ovation from the Ryman crowd.

The "Late Night at GMA" events have been held in some unique places but Monday's schedule may have taken the prize - Adelphia Coliseum, home of the AFC Champion Tennessee Titans.

Rocketown Records hosted "A Late Night With Rocketown" at a club in the new stadium and featured {{Chris Rice}}, {{Ginny Owens}}, {{Watermark}}, {{Wayne Kirkpatrick}} and {{Michael W. Smith}}.

The other late nights included:

Diamante Music at 328 Performance Hall featuring PC, Thousand Foot Crutch with {{DJ Dove}}, {{Brent Jones}} and the TP Mobb, {{Unity Klan}}, The {{Cross Movement}}, {{.rod laver}}, {{Frost'T}} with the {{Gospel Gangstaz}}.

Southern Gospel Music Guild at Caffe Milano featuring The {{Martins}}, Legacy Five, The Pfeifers, N'Harmony and The Crabb Family.

Sparrow Label Group at the Renaissance Ballroom featuring {{Delirious}}?, {{Luna Halo}} and Earthsuit.