Monday, April 5, 2010

Diamond Awards Announce Top 10 Ballot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, are proud to announce that the Top 10 Diamond Awards ballots are now available for the 2010 awards program through SGN Scoops Digital home on the web.

The online ballot is designed for fans to vote for their favorite artists and individuals for each award. Fans and industry supporters are encouraged to visit the SGN Scoops Digital website to place their votes. The Diamond Awards home on the web is located at

The Top 10 in each category were compiled from the nomination ballot that was released earlier this year.

Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group said, “This is the first year that we have been a part of the nominating process since acquiring SGN Scoops Digital last year. We never knew how big of a job that it really was, but we are so excited with this year’s Top 10 ballot. It showcases what we love and support so much about this industry – both the big artists and the up and comers who have established fan bases. We can’t wait to see what the Top 5 ballot looks like after this voting round.”

The 2010 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Convention. The show will take place on Thursday, July 1, 2010 in Branson, Missouri at the Branson Convention Center. The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

It was announced earlier that HIS Choice Music is the main sponsor for this year’s Diamond Awards program. HIS Choice Music is the most updated, innovative way to find great Christian music and schedule Christian concerts all from one location. With the launching of the all new HIS Choice Music Compilation CD, fans have the opportunity to hear well established Christian artists along with new, up and coming artists. The company is a full service label that represents such acts as CrossWay, Young Harmony, One Voice, and more.

Hosts and performers for the 2010 Diamond Awards will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at .

The Top 10 nominees in select categories are listed below:

LIVING LEGEND AWARD: Ann Downing, Claude Hopper, Ed O’Neal, Gerald Williams, Karen Peck Gooch, Kelly Nelon Clark, Lulu Roman, Peg McKamey Bean, Rod Theme, Tim Riley

SONG OF THE YEAR: “Amazing Grace Is Still at Number 1” (Rev. JD Brown), “He Called Me Out” (Paul’s Journey), “Hold On” (Dove Brothers), “If You Knew Him” (Perrys), “It’s All About Him” (Praise Incorporated), “Little Boys and Little Toys” (Lynda Lynn), “Mercy Leads Us Home” (Kenna Turner West), “Somebody Died For Me” (Christy Sutherland), “This Storm” (McMillan & Life), “What Children Believe” (Gold City)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Almost Morning (Perrys), Biblically Correct (Mystery Men), Farther (Paul’s Journey), Graveyard Revival (Rev. JD Brown), Foot Step of Life (Firm Foundation), I Can Call Jesus (Telestials), It’s All About Him (Praise Incorporated), Journey Through the Sky (HisSong), Rockin’ On the Front Porch (Rene’ Jones), Won to the Highest Power (Ron Brewer)

SUNRISE AWARD: 2nd Generation, Ava Kasich, Concord, Evidence, Firm Foundation Quartet, Gigi & Randy Burgess, Mike & Darla Cornell, Ladd Family, Praise Incorporated, Russell Dean

MIXED GROUP: Eternal Vision, Freemans, Hoppers, Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Martins, McKameys, Perrys, Roarks, Telestials

QUARTET: Brian Free & Assurance, Firm Foundation, Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, Jericho, Mystery Men, N’Harmony, Paul’s Journey, Praise Incorporated, Triumphant Quartet

TRIO: 2nd Generation, Booth Brothers, CrossWay, Greater Vision, HisSong, Karen Peck & New River, McMillan & Life, New Day, Talley Trio, Wilsons

DUET: Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Dale & Cheryl Golden, Dustin & Kaila, Gigi & Randy Burgess, Hearts of Faith, Mike & Darla Cornell, Lee & Loyall, ReignSong, Two His Glory, Wendy Word + forgiven

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP: Amundruds, Diamond Rio, Dove Brothers, Eighth Day, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Oak Ridge Boys, Praise Incorporated, Roarks, Wendy Word + forgiven, Wilsons

BLUEGRASS ARTIST: Bound & Determind, Daily & Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Joe Cook Family, Primitive Quartet, Randall Franks, Sandi Kay & New Hickory, Watkins Family

For a full list of nominees, visit

About the Diamond Awards
The Diamond Awards were transferred over to the SGN Scoops Digital several years ago after the original home for the awards, the Gospel Voice Magazine, folded. The Diamond Awards are a fan-based award that allows the fans to choose the nominees as well as the winners in each year. The awards show is based during the Branson Gospel Music Convention every July.

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