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Award-winning Songwriter Dianne Wilkinson Passes Away

AbsolutelyGospel.com received word that beloved songwriter Dianne Wilkinson passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

A friend of the site, Dianne was a force to be reckoned with as a songwriter – penning industry standards like “Boundless Love,” “We Shall See Jesus,” “Homeland,” “Master Builder,” “That Old White Flag,” “Hey, Jonah,” and “That Little Baby.”

Dianne was awarded Songwriter of the Year (Professional) twice in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards (2008, 2014) and most recently Song of the Year this year for co-writing “Those Same Hands” (Gold City) with Rebecca J. Peck.

AbsolutelyGospel.com Editor-in-Chief Chris Unthank said, “Dianne was an early supporter of what we do on this site and with our awards program. She never failed to stop and have a lengthy chat about her favorite subject – Gospel music – whenever you saw her. I personally saw how she mentored new writers and took them under her wings. She was a treasure to this industry and will be greatly missed.”

Details and arrangement are forthcoming.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as SoGospelNews.com, 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 AbsolutelyGospel.com. 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.