Televised live on the Gospel Music Channel and held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, the 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards show featured some impressive numbers: a different artist bestowed with a Dove Award in every major category, statuettes awarded to more than 35 different artists and a dozen performances including more than 30 artists.
Hip Hop Category Winners:
RAP/HIP HOP RECORDED SONG (song; album; artist; writer; label) “Name Droppin’” Bone-Appetit Servin’ Up Tha Hits; T-Bone; Rene F. Sotomayor, Teak Underdue, Dee Underdue; Flicker Records
RAP/HIP-HOP ALBUM (album; artist; producer; label) Group 1 Crew Group 1 Crew; Christopher Stevens, Andy Anderson; Fervent Records
It's GMA Week in Nashville, we were down there for the weekend but had to come back early. Just wanted to let all of you know that we are back with a few video interviews with Braille, Lecrae, Tedashii, Willie Will, and Bobby Bishop. Expect to see the interviews up on the website and podcast soon. Sunday night, we were at the Syntax Records showcase "Peanut Butter & Jam Party, Hip Hop on the Rooftop," which was a success and can't wait for next year's event! Special thanks and shout out to the entire Syntax Records family (Tim, Steve, Brandon, Kaboose, Promote, Shane, RedCloud, and Episode) who made it possible for us to be in Nashville!
Vision has many dynamics. Vision gives us the capability to see objects. It can help guide a lost man down unfamiliar surroundings. It can even turn a blank canvas into a masterpiece. The Scriptures communicate that 'Without vision, people perish'. Any sensible human can comprehend how vision is important. As inhabitants of earth how do we envision life? As people, we are all responsible to see life through the proper perspective. But first we must see our Creator for who He is.
Staring at the cocaine in his hand while his mother prayed over him was a defining moment in Quincy Jones' life. Only a few days earlier, the 21-year-old was confronted with his need for a savior and put his faith in Jesus Christ. Now, he faced a dilemma: Sell the last bit of his cocaine in order to pay his bills or flush it down the toilet and trust God to provide.
After her prayer, his mother said, "Quincy, you need to throw that away for all that the Lord has done for you and how He has protected you." In that decisive moment, he surrendered everything to God, turning completely from his former life of dealing and using drugs. A friend began to disciple him and helped him get involved in ministering to young people in the Washington, D.C., area.
As teaching pastor of Epiphany Fellowship Church in inner-city Philadelphia, William "Duce" Branch also is a Christian rap artist. The group he co-founded, The Cross Movement, has received two Grammy nominations.
Today's teaching pastor, however, was yesterday's street kid. Having spent most of his teen years away from God, Branch abandoned the evils of Hip-hop culture but not the call to evangelize it.