- - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The announcement of the nominees for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards underscored the non-stop creativity of Wayne Haun.

Since joining the Christian-Gospel music scene in 1995, Mr. Haun has received 45 nominations for Dove Awards and taken home five. On Wednesday, he added 12 nominations, including eight for his individual work in such categories as Producer of the Year, Song of the Year (“Reason Enough” by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound), and Children/Youth Musical of the Year (for the popular “An Island Christmas”) plus four for Vine Records, which he previously co-owned.

“I would personally like to thank all GMA [Gospel Music Association] members who voted for me and these wonderful artists,” said Mr. Haun in a press statement. “We have some tough competition, but it is an humbling experience to be named among the greats.”

The Dove Awards have taken on a special significance in recent years as Christian and gospel music have grown in popularity as evidenced by Billboard chart positions.

Last year’s awards, hosted by Grammy Award winner Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs, recognized TobyMac as Artist of the Year and Australian siblings Joel and Luke Smallbone, who record as for King & Country, as New Artists of the Year.

TobyMac’s 2012 album “Eye On It,” was the first Christian album since 1997 to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The 2012 album “Crave” by for King & Country hit No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel charts.

While the music celebrated by the Dove Awards is Christian-based, it encompasses pop, rock, praise and worship, urban, R&B and other musical styles.

Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will broadcast the awards live at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville.

The following are the nominations in the top six categories:
Song of the Year
“Fix My Eyes” - for KING & COUNTRY, (writers) Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone
“Hello My Name Is” – Matthew West, (writer) Matthew West
“Hurricane” – Natalie Grant, (writers) Natalie Grant, Matt Bronleewe, Cindy Morgan
“I Can Trust Him” – The Perrys, (writers)
“Lord I Need You” – Matt Maher, (writers) Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher
 “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong UNITED, (writers) Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm
“Overcomer” – Mandisa, (writers) David Garcia, Christopher Stevens, Ben Glover
“Revival” – Karen Peck and New River, (writers) Kenna Turner West, Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress
 “Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance, (writers) Jason Cox, Michael Farren, Kenna Turner West
 “That’s Why” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey

Artist of the Year
Casting Crowns
Hillsong UNITED
New Artist of the Year
1 Girl Nation
Andy Mineo
Ellie Holcomb
Hillsong Young & Free
Love & The Outcome
Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year
“Fix My Eyes” - for KING & COUNTRY
“Hurricane” - Natalie Grant
“Lord I Need You” - Matt Maher
“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” - Hillsong UNITED
“Overcomer” - Mandisa
Southern Gospel Performance of the Year
“Love Is Stronger” - Jason Crabb
“Revival” - Karen Peck and New River
“Say Amen” - Brian Free & Assurance
“Search Me O God” - Cathedrals Family Reunion
“That’s Why” - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gospel Performance of the Year
“Every Praise” - Hezekiah Walker
“Help” (feat. Lecrae) - Erica Campbell
“I Can Only Imagine” - Tamela Mann
“I Love The Lord” - Natalie Grant
“If He Did It Before…Same God” - Tye Tribbett

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