2019 – 2020 35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award Nominees

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Category #1
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration
– JJ Hairston; Miracle Worker; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One
– Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel

Category #2
SONG OF THE YEAR
– Big; Michael McClure, Curtiss Glenn & Rodeny Turner; Black Smoke Worldwide
– Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence, William Stokes, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge & Desmond Davis; RCA Inspiration
– Love Theory; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– This Is A Move (Live); Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Tony Brown, Brandon Lake, & Nate Moore; Motown Gospel

Category #3
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– JJ Hairston; Miracle Worker; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One
– Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– Todd Dulaney; To Africa With Love; Entertainment One
– William Murphy; Settle Here; RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #4
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Jekalyn Carr, I See Miracles, Lunjeal Music Group
– Le’Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration
– Maranda Curtis, I’m All In, Red Alliance Media/Fair Trade
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #5
DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
– Fresh Start Worship; Have it All; Fresh Start Worship / Marquis Boone Enterprises
– Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers; Bless Somebody Else; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration
– The Group Fire; Again; Jet Records North/East
– The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records

CATEGORY #6
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– Fresh Start Worship; Have it All; Fresh Start Worship / Marquis Boone Enterprises
– Jerard & Jovaun; What A Beautiful Name; Motown Gospel
– Kim Person; The Journey; KLP Enterprises, LLC
– Pastor Mike Jr.; Live Free; Black Smoke Worldwide

CATEGORY #7
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– Goshen; Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; RCA Inspiration
– Miracle Worker; JJ Hairston; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One
– Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #8
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– Bishop Paul S. Morton & The Full Gospel Ministry of Worship; A Month of Sundays; Tehillah/Integrity Music/Tyscot
– Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration
– JJ Hairston; Miracle Worker; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One
– John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One

CATEGORY #9
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
– Donald Lawrence, Phil Thornton, Sir the Baptist, Troy Taylor for Songbook, & Greg Peterca; Goshen; RCA Inspiration
– John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One
– Kirk Franklin, Ronald Hill & Phil Thornton; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Kenneth Leonard, William Murphy & Phil Thornton; Settle Here; RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #10
CONTEMPORARY DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
– Fresh Start Worship; Have it All; Fresh Start Worship / Marquis Boone Enterprises
– Jerard & Jovaun; What A Beautiful Name; Motown Gospel
– The Group Fire; Again; Jet Records North/East
– The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records

CATEGORY #11
TRADITIONAL DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
– D. Morton and Gifted; Declaration; Band Geek Music Group
– Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers; Bless Somebody Else; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration
– Renee Spearman ft. Hezekiah Walker & Dr. Holly Carter; I Love Him; JDI Entertainment
– The True Believers; Back to The Roots; 4Winds/Malaco

CATEGORY #12
CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Donald Lawrence; Goshen; RCA Inspiration
– Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– Todd Dulaney, To Africa With Love, Entertainment One
– William Murphy; Settle Here; RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #13
TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Bishop Paul S. Morton; A Month of Sundays; Tehillah / Integrity Music / Tyscot
– Earl Bynum; This Song is For You; LRAE / HBK / Tyscot
– John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One
– Kurt Carr; Bless Somebody Else; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #14
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Casey J; The Gathering; Label ~ Tyscot/Integrity/Casey J LLC
– Kierra Sheard; Don’t Judge Me; Karew/ RCA Inspiration
– Kim Person; The Journey; KLP Enterprises, LLC
– Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #15
TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– Christina Bell; For Your Glory; Malaco Records
– Jekalyn Carr; I See Miracles; Lunjeal Music Group
– Le’Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration
– Maranda Curtis; I’m All In; Red Alliance Media / Fair Trade Artist

CATEGORY #16
CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– Goshen; Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; RCA Inspiration
– Miracle Worker; JJ Hairston; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One
– Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Motown Gospel

CATEGORY #17
TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– A Month of Sundays; Bishop Paul S. Morton & The Full Gospel Ministry of WorshipTehillah/Integrity Music/Tyscot
– I Made It Out; John P. Kee; Entertainment One
– Bless Somebody Else; Kurt Carr; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration
– The Tommies Reunion; The Tommies Reunion; 7 Legend Group/JMG Entertainment/Tyscot

CATEGORY #18
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
– Blessings on Blessings; Anthony Brown & group therAPy; Key of A / Tyscot / Fair Trade
– Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; RCA Inspiration
– Love Theory; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– Big; Pastor Mike Jr.; Black Smoke Worldwide

CATEGORY #19
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– Big; Johny Zotic; Black Smoke Worldwide
– I See Miracles; Kauwaune Burton; Lunjeal Music Group
– Love Theory; Matt DeLisi; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration
– Miracle Worker feat. Rich Tolbert Jr.; Gary Saunders; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One

CATEGORY #20
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– Bishop Paul S. Morton & The Full Gospel Ministry of Worship; A Month of Sundays; Tehillah/Integrity Music/Tyscot
– Dr. Alyn E. Waller Presents Zak Williams and 1/Akord; The Next Chapter; Enon Music Group
– John P. Kee; I Made It Out; Entertainment One
– The Tommies Reunion; The Tommies Reunion; 7 Legend Group/JMG Entertainment/Tyscot

CATEGORY #21
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers; Goshen; RCA Inspiration
– JJ Hairston; Miracle Worker; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One
– Joshua’s Troop; Another Chance; New Haven Records
– Vincent Bohanan & The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir, Road to 5 – We Win EP, Independent

CATEGORY #22
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– My Inspiration Vol. 2; Marcus Anderson; Anderson Music
– Music Book Volume III – Magnificent; Mel Holder; Psalmist Music Group/Megawave
– Rise!; Ben Tankard; BEN-Jamin’ Universal Music

CATEGORY #23
SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– A Month of Sundays; Bishop Paul S. Morton & The Full Gospel Ministry of Worship; Tehillah/Integrity Music/Tyscot
– A Motown Gospel Christmas; Various Artists; Motown Gospel
– Greenleaf: Season 3 (Music from The Original TV Series); Various Artists; Lionsgate Entertainment
– Maranda Presents A Holy Christmas; Maranda Curtis; Red Alliance Media / Fair Trade

CATEGORY #24
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– Ghost; Canton Jones; Cajo Records
– Live Free; Pastor Mike Jr.; Black Smoke Worldwide
– Love Letter One; Reggie Rocc; Rocc Bottom
– Nothings Too Hard; Lawrence Hancock; LV Productions

CATEGORY #25
YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
– Dy’Jah; Save Me; C-Shop Entertainment
– Gospel Kids; Gospel Kids Present… Christian Soldiers; Tyscot Records
– Jada Redmond; My Season; 4Redmusic Production and Entertainment
– New York Fellowship Children’s Choir; God is the Greatest; Godfather Records

CATEGORY #26
QUARTET OF THE YEAR
– D. Morton and Gifted; Declaration; Band Geek Music Group
– Keith Wonderboy Johnson & Josh Myles; Inspirational Project; Timeless Music
– Pastor Rodney Mills and The Virginia Aires; Drugs (Are a Trick of The Enemy); Dove Records Inc.
– The William Singers; Giants; Band Geek Music Group

CATEGORY #27
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
– Bless Somebody Else; Derek Blanks; Kurt Carr Gospel / RCA Inspiration
– Maranda Presents A Holy Christmas; Tyair Long, Rodney Greene, Jonathan Anderson & Maalik Miles; Red Alliance Media / Fair Trade
– Miracle Worker; Lerico Britton; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One
– To Africa With Love; Jaiyde Simone; Entertainment

CATEGORY #28
PRAISE AND WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– A Month of Sundays; Bishop Paul S. Morton & The Full Gospel Ministry of Worship; Tehillah/Integrity Music/Tyscot
– Miracle Worker; JJ Hairston; JamesTown Music / Entertainment One
– Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Motown Gospel
– Settle Here; William Murphy; RCA Inspiration

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR
– WGRB 1390AM, Chicago
– WNAP 1110 AM, Philadelphia
– WPRS Praise 104.1, Washington, DC
– WPZE Praise 97.5, Atlanta

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR
– WFMI Rejoice 100.9, Virginia Beach
– WHAL-FM/95.7 Hallelujah FM, Memphis
– WPZS Praise 100.9 FM, Charlotte
– WNNL – The Light 103.9, Raleigh

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
– WGOK 900 AM, Mobile
– WPZZ Praise 104.7 FM, Richmond
– WXHL 89.1, Wilmington
– WXOK Heaven 1460 AM, Baton Rouge

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR
– KSYB 1300 AM, Shreveport
– WEHA 88.7 FM, Atlantic City
– WIMG 1300AM, Trenton
– WJAY 98.3 FM & 1280 AM, Mullins

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR
– GH3 Radio – “God’s House of Hip Hop,” http://www.gh3radio.com
– Power of Worship Radio, http://powerofworship.net
– rSPIRIT.online, http://www.rspirit.online
– U Gospel, http://uGospel.com

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
– Debra Rhodes-Norris Thompson, WYCA/WGBR, Chicago
– Erica Campbell, Radio-One/Reach Media, Houston – Syndication
– J’Michael Francois WXOK, Baton Rouge
– Meta Washington, SiriusXM, Satellite Radio

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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