Best Gospel Performance/Song:
“Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:
“What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship
Best Gospel Album:
“Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
“Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams
Best Roots Gospel Album:
“Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire
Zach Williams received his first Grammy Award during Sunday's 60th Annual ceremony in New York. Williams won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Chain Breaker, his debut album release. Reflecting about his win, Williams shares, "I'm blown away and completely shocked. I’m a huge fan of everyone in the category and honored to win. But without God none of this would be possible." Leading up to the awards ceremony, Williams was also one of the featured artists in the New York Times' Grammy feature. Now with the award, Williams' 2018 kicked off to a great start when his debut radio single, Chain Breaker, achieved RIAA gold certification. The single, holding at No. 1 for 15 weeks, was followed by Old Church Choir, which became the most successful Christian radio single in over a decade when it held the top spot at radio for 20 weeks. Williams also made history as the first debut artist to have two back-to-back #1 singles. Williams newest video, Fear Is a Liar, just debuted.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound released their new project last week, Clear Skies, the first in almost three years. The timing is especially meaningful right now, as just a few weeks ago, Tara Younce – sister of Ernie's wife, Lisa – passed away from cancer. In the midst of preparing for one of the beloved group's most hopeful releases, Ernie and his family were dealing with a very private pain. As they were starting to promote the new release, Ernie took time off to reflect and grieve with his family. The release, on Haase's own StowTown Records/Provident Distribution, features inspirational and encouraging themes set to out-of-the-box musical moments and masterful production. This release delivers multiple styles and themes from the modern My Hallelujah to the 1975 Imperials classic Give Them All To Jesus to the fresh and appealing Sailing With Jesus.
The first single, Give Me Jesus, hit #2 on the national radio charts while the concept video has exceeded half a million views across social media. The second single, Clear Skies, has just been released to radio.
Jason Davidson closed out a very memorable 2017 with an exciting Christmas tour in cities in Texas and Louisiana, combining forces with longtime gospel music artist favorites Tim Spell, Karen Harding and Mark Yandris, complemented talented musicians. Jason’s current single He Stood Up as well as his soon to be released song It Was The Cross That Got To Me brought crowds to their feet each night.