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NEWS SOURCE: Wortman Works
October 1, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 1, 2014) - The GMA continues to announce exciting additions to the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards with new performers, presenters and partners. Meredith Andrews & Vertical Church have been added as performers to the lineup, as well as Colton Dixon and Mark Hall of Casting Crowns as presenters. In addition, SoundExchange and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® join the event as key partners. Hosted by Bart Millard of MercyMe and Lecrae, the awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee at 6:30p.m. and will be broadcast exclusively on The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Sunday, October 12, 2014. The preshow awards ceremony and the Dove Cares Red Carpet will stream live at

Awards will be given out in 46 categories, including four special award recipients. The annual preshow ceremony, sponsored by SoundExchange, will once again bring standout performances. Co-host Jonathan McReynolds, William McDowell, Flame, The Perrys, Finding Favor and the JJ Weeks Band will all perform for the highly attended preshow ceremony.

"It is an honor for SoundExchange to sponsor the Dove Awards on its momentous 45th anniversary. SoundExchange collects royalties from digital radio services like Sirius XM and Pandora on behalf of all artists and record companies, and works behind-the-scenes on behalf of everyone represented at the Dove Awards. There are countless opportunities available today for Christian and Gospel artists on digital radio, and we are working to ensure this community benefits from them," said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe. "I look forward to sharing time with the many artists and labels that will be together this week for the prestigious award ceremonies and events."

Huppe will present some brief remarks about the importance of SoundExchange, specifically for the Christian and Gospel genres, at the pre-awards gathering Tuesday afternoon.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® returns for their second consecutive year as partners of the Dove Cares Red Carpet.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago, and St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. The hospital freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

"Last year's addition of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to the Dove Cares Red Carpet experience made a lasting impression on the participating artists," says GMA President and Executive Director Jackie Patillo. "Their presence brings an incredible energy and fresh perspective to what we all have to celebrate."

45th Annual GMA Dove Awards Schedule of Events:

Monday, October 6:
11:30 - 1:00 Nominee Luncheon presented by Cantinas Foundation
@Schermerhorn Symphony Center with special guest Beth Moore

7:30 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards Comedy Show
with headliner Bone Hampton. Hosted by former Dove Award winner,
Chris August, and music by former Dove Award recipient Mr. TalkBox,
the show will be held on Monday, @ Shamblin Theater on the campus of

Tuesday, October 7:
2:00- 4:30 Dove Awards Preshow co-hosted by Jonathan McReynolds and
Meredith Andrews @ Collins Alumni Auditorium (Lipscomb campus)
sponsored by SoundExchange

3:30- 6:00 Dove Cares Red Carpet in partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®

6:30- 9:00 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Allen Arena (Lipscomb University) hosted by Bart Millard of MercyMe and Lecrae

About SoundExchange:
SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,500 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $2 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Honors and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit

About the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks:
With 28 networks and growing worldwide, the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks is the world's largest faith-and-family television group, airing a broad range of church and ministry programming, Christian music, family friendly movies, children's programming, and shows for teens and young adults 24 hours a day to every inhabited continent via 87 satellites and 20,000 television and cable affiliates. In addition, TBN's most popular global networks are available on computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices, and over 24,000 hours of entertaining and inspiring On-Demand programming is accessible via TBN's innovative online network, To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, log on to

Dove Awards Social Media Platforms:
Website -
Facebook -
Twitter - Hashtag - #DoveAwards
YouTube -
Pinterest -

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For more info on Meredith Andrews visit the JFH Artists Database.
For more info on MercyMe visit the JFH Artists Database.
For more info on Lecrae visit the JFH Artists Database.
For more info on Colton Dixon visit the JFH Artists Database.
For more info on Casting Crowns visit the JFH Artists Database.


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