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DMV gospel artists capture several Stellar Award nominations

The Stellar nominations have been revealed and it’s certainly a great time for DMV artists. When the announcements were made on January 17, several DMV gospel artists residing in or DMV-based, captured nods.

The Howard Gospel Choir came up with two nominations. The choir, comprised of students from the famed Howard University got nods for Traditional Choir of the Year and Special Event CD of the Year (Glorious God).  2016 was a banner year for the choir with many high-profile tours and appearances, including performing at the Kennedy Center Honors.



Popular group Roderick Giles & Grace earned a nomination for their work with Bryan Andrew Wilson on the single, “Overflow.” Wilson was also nominated for “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year.”



Charles Butler & Trinity have caught the attention of SAGMA again and are nominated for Choir of the Year and Contemporary Choir of the Year for their CD, Make It.  The  single of the same name debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and the album charted in the Top 15 for several consecutive weeks. The Daniel Weathearspoon-produced album includes “Bless Your Name” featuring Coko of SWV, “Today” featuring Brittney Wright, “Jesus Reigns” featuring Maranda Willis, “Great & Mighty” featuring Travis Malloy and Aryka Moncrief, “The Blood” and more.

Charles Butler & Trinity

DMV-based J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise  are nominated for Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year for “You Deserve it.” The song is also a nominee for Song of the Year. The song is the first single released on Hairston‘s newly formed JamesTown Music label, distributed through Entertainment One Distribution.

J.J. Hairston You Deserve single

Gospel Radio of the Year nominees

DMV-based radio announcer Tracy Morgan scored a nod in the Large Market for her work at WBBP 1480, Memphis.

Tracy Morgan

Henry Harris was nominated for Internet Station of the Year for his station, Spritco1.com.

Henry Harris gets nod for Internet Station of the Year


Congratulations all of the DMV gospel artists and gospel radio nominees!





Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of PositivelyGospel.com. Sarah founded the site to serve as a positive platform for gospel music news, to share all of the good things happening within the Gospel and Christian music industry. In 2017, the site was named one of the Top 50 Gospel and Christian Music websites. Sarah is widely known for her on-the-scene reporting which includes the GMA Dove Awards, the Stellar Awards, Grammys on the Hill, Gospel Music Heritage Month Celebration Concert, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, St. Jude Celebration of Hope, the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference and many more. For more than 5 years, Sarah served as the DC Gospel Music Examiner at Examiner.com  where the site garnered more than 150,000 readers in the US and around the world. Sarah was named one of the Top Ten Heroes in Gospel Music in the Washington, DC area in 2012 for her extensive coverage, support and commitment to artists within the D.C. metro region.  In 2016 she was named Person of the Month by IndiMogul Magazine. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.

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