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THE 41st ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS ADDS MORE KEY PERFORMANCES INCLUDING RED AND KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH,AMY GRANT, JARS OF CLAY WITH BRANDON HEATH, PLUS FRANKLIN GRAHAM, WYNONNA, LEE GREENWOOD AND NEARLY 30 ARTISTS JOIN MICHAEL W. SMITH’S “COME TOGETHER NO

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THE 41st ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS ADDS MORE KEY PERFORMANCES INCLUDING RED AND KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH,AMY GRANT, JARS OF CLAY WITH BRANDON HEATH, PLUS FRANKLIN GRAHAM, WYNONNA, LEE GREENWOOD AND NEARLY 30 ARTISTS JOIN MICHAEL W. SMITH’S “COME TOGETHER NOW” ON THEGRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE STAGE, APRIL 21

TELEVISED NATIONWIDE SUNDAY, APRIL 25, ON GMC

Previously Announced Performers Include Bebe & Cece Winans, Jordin Sparks, Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns, Ricky Skaggs, tobyMac, MercyMe and Jason Crabb 

Special Guest Appearances by Tenley Molzahn from “The Bachelor” (ABC) and
David Mann, “Mr. Brown” of Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns (TBS)

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) April 14, 2010 – As the biggest night in gospel/Christian music approaches, more high-profile performances continue to be added to the lineup for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Nashville’s historic Grand Ole Opry House, and televised nationwide on gmc Sunday, April 25, from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST. Advancing the show’s original collaborations will be GRAMMY-nominated modern rock band Red with former lead guitarist Brian Head Welch of multiplatinum metal band Korn, Jars of Clay with Male Vocalist of the Year Brandon Heath, and Dove Award-winning six-piece David Crowder Band joins MercyMe.

Six time GRAMMY Award winning “Queen of Christian pop music,” Amy Grant will perform, as well as
Group of the Year nominee Tenth Avenue North.  The show will also feature a poignant moment when Michael W. Smith’s “Come Together Now” song, recorded for Haiti relief, comes to life as nearly 30 artists like Wynonna,
Lee Greenwood, Dove-nominated leader Matt Maher and American Idol finalists Phil Stacey and Melinda Doolittle unite on stage to form one powerhouse choir, illustrating Nashville’s distinctively authentic community of artists.

Additionally, new special guest appearances by evangelist Franklin Graham, Tenley Molzahn from the 14th season of ABC’s reality television series “The Bachelor,” and David Mann, “Mr. Brown” of Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns have been announced. 

Previously announced performers include Dove-winning Artist of the Year, tobyMac with Diverse City, famed GRAMMY-winners Bebe & Cece Winans, and GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for four consecutive years, Natalie Grant with special guest American Idol Season 6 winner, Jordin Sparks.  The genre’s five-time Dove Award-winning Group of the Year, Casting Crowns plans for a mass children’s choir to join the live performance of its No. 1 song “Until the Whole World Hears.”

Also confirmed is GRAMMY-winning bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs, Stellar Award-winning Artist and Producer of Year Donald Lawrence teaming up with Southern Gospel power vocalist Jason Crabb, plus Artist of the Year nominee Francesca Battistelli, New Artist nominee Kari Jobe with hitmakers Phillips, Craig & Dean, legendary singer/songwriter Gordon Kennedy, and a special musical tribute honoring 100 years of Southern Gospel music featuring the Blackwood Brothers, The Perrys, The Booth Brothers,  Mosie Lister, and the Crabb Family.

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The 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards will be televised nationwide on gmc (http://www.gmclife.com), Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. ESTWhile the awards are the purpose of the show, music performances will definitely share center stage at the GMA Dove Awards, showcasing some of gospel music’s hottest and most diverse artists. Dove Awards will be handed out in 43 categories.  Dove Awards nominations go to recordings released during the eligibility year November 1, 2008 through October 31, 2009 and voted on by the members of the GMA.  The complete nominations list is available at both www.gospelmusic.org and www.doveawards.com.

Tickets to the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards are currently on sale through the Grand Ole Opry Call Center,
1-800-SEE-OPRY/1-800-733-6779, via the web at www.opry.com or may be purchased in-person at The Opry Box Office located at the Opry House at 2804 Opryland Drive and the Ryman Auditorium Box Office at 116 5th Ave North, in downtown Nashville. Ticket prices range from $25 - $200.

About GMA
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Christian/Gospel music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more.

The GMA community consists of more than 2,200 members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Dove Week and IMMERSE.  For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376.

About GMC:

GMC can be seen in 47 million homes.  The channel’s rapid growth has made it one of the fastest growing networks in television for the past three years. GMC is available on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224. For more information visit www.gmctv.tv.