Daywind Artists Recognized at the 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Daywind Artists Recognized at the 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Hendersonville, TN (April 13, 2016) – Daywind Records artists celebrated a great night at the 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, held at the First Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, TN.

Karen Peck & New River were awarded Favorite Mixed Group, as well the overall Album of the Year for the GRAMMY nominated project, Pray Now.  Their #1 song, Pray Now, received Song of the Year.  Jim Brady Trio earned the honor of Breakthrough Artist of the Year, as well as recognition for their debut single, ‘Steppin’ Out In Faith’ as the top Traditional Song of the Year.  Additionally, Jim Brady was named the Favorite Artist Songwriter of the Year.  Amber Nelon Thompson received the award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and Michael English took home the honor of Male Vocalist of the Year as well as Fan Favorite Artist.  Shoulders, by Wilburn & Wilburn, was named the Favorite Country Project of the Year, and Tribute Quartet took home Special Event Project of the Year for their DVD/CD collection, Live At Daywind Studios.  The Browders’ music video, ‘Waiting For You To Get Home’ was recognized as the Favorite Music Video.  Finally, Kelly Nelon Clark was awarded the Susan Unthank Memorial Award for lifetime contribution by a female to Southern Gospel Music.

The award show, hosted by Josh Singletary and Gordon Mote, featured live performances from several of the nominated groups, including Daywind artists Karen Peck, Wilburn & Wilburn, The Nelons, The Browders and Jim Brady Trio.

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Adam Crabb, Browders, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Joseph Habedank, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Bowling Family, Tribute, Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance, Blackwood Brothers Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn.  Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony RED, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes.

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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.