In case you hadn’t heard….

The public voting for the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards has been opened to the public and will close on October 15th! Here is more info from The Examiner.com:

Online Public Voting is now open for the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Fans are only allowed to vote for one (1) artist in each category. Voting will end on October 15. There are only four (4) votes allowed per household. Those who wish to cast their vote should visit http://www.thestellarawards.com. Voting for the Stellar Gospel Music Radio Station of the Year will be September 17.

A press conference will be held to announce the final 2012 – 2013 Stellar Awards Nominees for each category once voting concludes. The Stellar Awards will be taped January 19, 2013, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Many artists are on the ballot including Andrae Crouch, Donald Lawrence, James Fortune, Dorinda Clark Cole and Fred Hammond. Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago, Jessica Reedy and Anita Wilson are among those on the ballot for New Artist of the Year.

There are several artists from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area on the ballot. Richard Smallwood (“Promises”) received nominations on the ballot, including Artist of the Year and Choir of the Year. Byron Cage (“Memoirs of a Worshipper”) appears on the ballot in 6 categories, including Artist of the Year and Praise and Worship CD of the Year. Those on the ballot for songwriting include Anthony Brown for Maurette Brown Clark’s “I Hear the Sound (of Victory)” and Richard Smallwood for “Trust Me.” In addition to her other ballot nominations, Maurette Brown Clark was nominated for the Albertina Walker/Female Volcalist of the Year. Jason Nelson (“Shifting the Atmosphere”) is on the ballot in five categories including Male Vocalist of the Year.

Stephen Hurd is on the ballot for Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year and Praise and Worship CD of the Year (O That Men Would Worship) and Virgina-based GI received two ballot nominations (Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year and Group/Duo of the Year). Shai Linne made the ballot for Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year (“The Attributes of God”). Below is the complete list of those from the DMV who are on the final ballot. To see all the names in each category on the final ballot visit http://www.balloteer.com

DMV artists on the Stellar Awards Final Ballot

Artist of the Year:
Byron Cage “Memoirs of a Worshipper” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Maurette Brown Clark “The Sound of Victory”- Air International Records
Richard Smallwood with Vision “Promises”-Verity Gospel Music Group

Song of the Year:
Songwriter – Anthony Brown Artist – Maurette Brown Clark / Song Title – “I Hear the Sound (Of Victory),” CD Title – “The Sound of Victory” – Air International Records
Songwriter – Richard Smallwood Artist – Richard Smallwood with Vision / Song Title – “Trust Me, CD Title-“Promises” – Verity Gospel Music Group

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Byron Cage “Memoirs of a Worshipper” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Jason Nelson “Shifting the Atmosphere” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Richard Smallwood, “Promises” – Verity Gospel Music Group

Albertina Walker/Female Vocalist of the Year:
Maurette Brown Clark “The Sound of Victory” – Air International Records

Group/Duo of the Year:
GI “The Next Dimension”- BGA Music Group

CD of the Year:
Byron Cage “Memoirs of a Worshipper” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Jason Nelson “Shifting the Atmosphere” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Richard Smallwood with Vision “Promises” – Verity Gospel Music Group

Choir of the Year:
Richard Smallwood with Vision “Promises”- Verity Gospel Music Group

Producer of the Year:
Producer – Steven Ford & Richard Smallwood Artist – Richard Smallwood with Vision “Promises” – Verity Gospel Music Group

Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year:
GI “The Next Dimension”- BGA Music Group

Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year:
Stephen Hurd “O That Men Would Worship”- Hurd the Word Music, LLC

Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year:
Byron Cage “Memoirs of a Worshipper” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Jason Nelson “Shifting the Atmosphere” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Richard Smallwood “Promises”- Verity Gospel Music Group

Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year:
Maurette Brown Clark “The Sound of Victory” – Air International Records

Traditional CD of the Year:
Byron Cage “Memoirs of a Worshipper”- Verity Gospel Music Group
Jason Nelson “Shifting the Atmosphere” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Richard Smallwood with Vision “Promises” – Verity Gospel Music Group

Traditional Choir of the Year:
Richard Smallwood with Vision “Promises” – Verity Gospel Music Group

Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year:
Shai Linne “The Attributes of God” – Lamp Mode Recordings

Children’s Project of the Year:
Rev. Dr. Emory Andrews & The Oxon Hill High School Choir “Rev. Dr. Emory Andrews & The Oxon Hill High School Choir”-Sounds of Victory Ministries

Quartet of the Year:
Soul Messengerz “Grace and Mercy” – 4 Winds/Malaco

Praise and Worship CD of the Year:
Byron Cage “Memoirs of a Worshipper”- Verity Gospel Music Group
Jason Nelson “Shifting the Atmosphere” – Verity Gospel Music Group
Maurette Brown Clark “The Sound of Victory” – Air International Records
Stephen Hurd “O That Men Would Worship”- Hurd the Word Music, LLC

Sarah Hearn, DC Gospel Music Examiner
Sarah has been a fan of gospel music since childhood. Her published interviews include Cece Winans, Fred Hammond, Richard Smallwood, Andraé Crouch, Martha Munizzi and Charles Butler. Her work has been cited in Cross Rhythms, EurWeb.com, Vision Magazine and other publications.

Please get out and vote for your favorite artists and groups! Comment here to say who you think should win the coveted Male and Female Vocalist of the Year awards!!

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