Birdsong and Lilly will receive recognition for their contributions to the gospel music industry 

St. John’s, Antigua – James C. Birdsong, Jr., a member of the renowned famed Birdsong family and award-winning figure in gospel music; and Lillian Lilly, the longtime principal vocalist of the world-renowned GRAMMY® Award-nominated Mississippi Mass Choir, are among the nine honorees for the 7th Annual Antigua Barbuda Gospel Music & Media Awards (ABGMA). The event will take place on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Kentish Pentecostal Church in St. John’s, Antigua, West Indies, during an invitation-only event.

Birdsong and Lilly will receive their recognition at the Legacy Ball & Media Awards on October 22nd. Due to the COVI9-19 restrictions, they will not be in attendance. Their acceptance speeches will be viewed on video during a live broadcast of the ceremony.

“It is in this light that we celebrate and give honor to those who have not only paved a way for others but do so with distinction,” said Stanshaw Cornelius, Founder of the Antigua Barbuda Gospel Music & Media Awards. “Lillian Lilly of the Mississippi Mass Choir and James C. Birdsong, Jr. stand alongside other notable men and women in their respective fields. We are grateful for all they do with a heart to serve in the best of who they are.”

Birdsong will be the recipient of the Impact Award of Honor for his leadership skills, mentoring abilities among today’s youth and aspiring artists to become successful in the gospel music industry, and other contributions. With more than thirty-five awards, interviews on multiple television, radio, and print platforms across the country and abroad, he plans to pursue his longtime dream of being a national recording artist, songwriter, and record label owner.

A legend, icon, and trailblazer in gospel music, Lilly will be the recipient of the Legacy Award for more than thirty years as a founding member and principal vocalist of the Mississippi Mass Choir. Known for leading the choir’s popular songs. such as “I Just Can’t Tell You (How Good God’s Been),” “It’s Good to Know Jesus,” “Holy City,” and “Lord, You’re the Landlord,” she made history as the first solo recording artist in the choir to record two projects, Gotta Have Faith and the Stellar Award-nominated, The Other Part of Me.

The red carpet will begin at 4:30 PM EST followed by the awards at 5:30 PM EST. It will broadcast live on So Arise TV at and UGN Broadcasting Network via Roku TV, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, and Android TV.

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Written by : 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.