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CAPITOL CMG LABEL GROUP ARTISTS SWEEP THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR "CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST" CATEGORY

TOBYMAC, CHRIS TOMLIN AND MATTHEW WEST NAMED NOMINEES






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NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
October 14, 2013

NASHVILLE, TENN. -October 14, 2013 -Capitol CMG Label Group artists' TobyMac, Chris Tomlin and Matthew West each received an American Music Award nomination sweeping the Contemporary Inspirational Artist category announced last week. This marks the fifth AMA nomination for TobyMac, who also won the category in 2012. It is the first nod for both Tomlin and West.

"Capitol CMG is so proud of these artists and their American Music Award nominations," shares Peter York, President, Capitol CMG Label Group. "It is an honor to have our industry included in the fan-voted American Music Awards, and this year it is special to know that our artists have been recognized for their hard work and dedication to connect with their fans."

The 41st anniversary edition of the American Music Awards will air Sunday, November 24 at 8/7 pm CT on ABC, live from the L.A. LIVE's Nokia Theatre. Again this year winners will be determined by online voting, which is now open. Click here http://ama.votenow.tv to vote for the CCMG artists until November 15.

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About Capitol Christian Music Group:
Capitol Christian Music Group is the world's leading Christian Music company and market leader in recorded music, distribution, and music publishing. Part of Universal Music's Capitol Music Group, Capitol Christian Music Group operates several divisions including Capitol CMG Label Group (Sparrow Records, ForeFront Records, Credential Recordings, sixstepsrecords, Hillsong), EMI Gospel, Capitol Christian Distribution and Capitol CMG Publishing. Led by President and CEO Bill Hearn and a strong executive team of long-time Christian and Gospel music veterans, Capitol Christian Music Group is characterized by a strong commitment to artists and songwriters, one another, our customer and community service.

About TobyMac:
With over 11 million units in career sales, TobyMac's career continues on the fast track. His most recent project, EYE ON IT, garnered him the highest chart debut of his solo career landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and topping the iTunes® Overall and Christian sales charts. The project made TobyMac one of only four artists to ever debut atop the Billboard Top 200 with a Christian music album. Earlier this year, EYE ON IT received a GRAMMY®, marking the sixth career award for TobyMac. The music video for the album title's track, featuring pop-sensation Britt Nicole, received over 500,000 views in its first three weeks. His previous four solo projects have received RIAA Gold certification and his live DVD, Alive & Transported, is certified platinum by the RIAA and received a GRAMMY® award. His 2009 album Tonight received GRAMMY® nods for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and Best Contemporary Christian Song. TobyMac has won at every major award show this season. In addition to his recent GRAMMY® win, he has also received two Billboard Music Awards for Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album, his first American Music Award for Favorite Artist in the Contemporary/Inspirational category and swept the 2013 Australian Music Awards.

About Chris Tomlin:
With nine albums, 12 No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award and eight additional nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to by Time magazine as "most likely the most often sung artist anywhere," Tomlin also has 15 of the Top 100 CCLI songs with 4 of them being in the top 10. ASCAP's 2007 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin's "How Great Is Our God" was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25, moving to No. 1 after becoming one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. In addition to having sold more than 4.2 million albums and over 6 million digital tracks, Tomlin made history as his single "Jesus Messiah" (Hello Love) garnered 97 adds at radio its first week and skyrocketed to No. 1, making it the biggest ever add date in Christian radio history. In the midst of his record breaking success, and continuing his role as worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, Tomlin continues touring and leading at Passion Conference gatherings across the US and worldwide. His ninth studio album, Burning Lights, was released on Jan. 8, 2013, and features the hit single "Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies]."

About Matthew West:
An ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and lauded by The New York Times as "a vivid and compelling songwriter with impressive approaches to the familiar," four-time GRAMMY® nominee Matthew West's discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005), Something to Say (2008), The Story of Your Life (2010) and Into The Light (2012). His 2010 studio album, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album garnered attention from CNN Online, Fox News, Billboard, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street week debut of his career, selling over 10,000 units the first week landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200. A multiple ASCAP "Song of the Year" winner, West has had four No. 1 radio hits including his latest GRAMMY®-nominated tune, "Strong Enough." His songwriting credits include cuts by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. Recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for Original Music & Lyrics for "The Heart of Christmas" from the film of the same name, West's fifth studio album, Into The Light, was released last fall and was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Album for the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. The new album features his most recent hit singles "Forgiveness" and "Hello My Name Is," along with 10 other tracks inspired by 10,000 new letters submitted after West invited people to, once again, send him their stories. West spent much of late 2012 and early 2013 on a pre-headlining stint of the No. 1 Tour in the World (first quarter), the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular.

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For more info on Matthew West visit the JFH Artists Database.

 

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