Hosts and Performers Announced for 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration

Celebration to Move to New Central Location In Heart of Downtown Nashville

agp2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (January 19, 2016) – The administrators and staff of are proud to announce the the hosts and list of performers for the upcoming Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration. This year’s celebration will feature performances from many of the top nominated artists. Hosting this year’s Awards Celebration are talented musicians and vocalists Gordon Mote and Josh Singletary.

Gordon Mote is no stranger to Gospel and Country music. Gordon is an Academy of Country Music Award winning musician who has played for some of the top artists in Country and Gospel music including Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood, Rascal Flatts, the Gaither Vocal Band, and many more. Gordon is a two-time recipient and 10-time nominee of Musician of the Year in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.

Hosts for AGM Awards
Hosts for AGM Awards

Josh Singletary is the baritone vocalist and keyboard player for Absolutely Gospel Music Award winner Tribute. He is known for his quick wit and humor in addition to being a celebrated musician and vocalist. Josh is nominated for Musician of the Year again this year, which is his second career nomination in the category.

The Awards Celebration will feature performances by Gold CityKaren Peck & New River, Michael English, The Talleys, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Gordon Mote, Tribute, The Browders, Amber Nelon Thompson, Jim Brady Trio, Wilburn & Wilburn, 11th Hour, HIGHROAD and The Williamsons.

Amber and Michael duet
Amber and Michael duet

“We are so excited to be able to book some of the biggest names in our industry to celebrate the year in music,” mentioned Deon Unthank of “This year is no exception!”

In addition to hosts and performers, site administrators are proud to announce a new location for the event. This year’s Awards Celebration will take place at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene in downtown Nashville. The new location features more seating and the ability to stream the program live.

“We are so thankful for the previous location that hosted the awards program for the last 10 years, however due to construction and parking issues, we had to move. This new location is more centralized to the Nashville area and can seat more people. This is a great move for us,” mentioned Deon Unthank.

Talleys and Tribute
Talleys and Tribute

Tickets are now on sale for the program. For more information on that, visit or email

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.