Erica Campbell can immediately identify her favorite Gospel Music Association Dove Awards memory. This story, however, begins in the midst of a “collapse”.
The gospel music star – and one half of the acclaimed duo Mary Mary – co-hosted the Nashville-based awards show for the first time in 2015. She has also performed and been nominated in multiple categories. In short, it was an intense evening for the California native.
“I was literally backstage falling apart,” she recalled to The Tennessean. “Because I changed my clothes a bunch of times, and it didn’t feel right. I was like, ‘I don’t want to change! No more wigs, no more makeup!’ It was just too much (too much) for me. And the moment I say, “God, I just want you to get the glory,” that’s the same moment my song won.
She remembers having run on stage “with tears in her eyes”.
“It was so crazy, but it’s still a very powerful moment in my life. God always blows our minds with moments that we never know are coming. And I think when your heart is open, you can receive what he’s trying to show you about yourself, even in big moments, like an award show.
With that in mind, Campbell returns to co-host this year’s GMA Dove Awards, which will be held in Nashville at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena on October 18.
She takes a co-host for the first time under her wing: contemporary cult star Chris Tomlin. He’s been one of the biggest names in Christian music for 20 years, but when he went to his first doves as Plus One in 2000, he says he couldn’t imagine being on his stage.
“While it’s about artists and celebrating them, and saying ‘Bravo’, there’s a much more important goal than any other awards show. That’s where it ends on all the others. awards shows. But with that, that’s just the beginning. Because it’s about bringing glory and praise, and turning people’s hearts and attention to the only one who is truly worthy .
2022 Dove Awards Performers
Campbell and Tomlin will sing at this year’s ceremony, alongside announced artists Jekalyn Carr, Crowder, Phil Wickham and Gateway Worship Español (along with Daniel Calveti, Becky Collazos, Christine D’Clario and Josh Morales).
Tomlin is aiming to perform “Holy Forever,” a song he considers the anchor of his just-released album, “Always.”
“When I play it live, it changes the room,” he says. “It’s just one of those (songs) that really captured the cult in such a pure way.”
“Positive” was a big solo gospel hit for Campbell last year, and she plans to debut a brand new song with a common spirit at this year’s show: “It’s a celebration of all that God has done.” , she says.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen – if you get the courtesy, ‘Oh that was good’, or if they’ll stand up and clap and sing along with you. So I hope for the best. I know I love Jesus, I love this music and I love the people, so all I can do is give my heart, and I hope my heart will be received.
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The best nominees of the evening
The pool of artists nominated for Artist of the Year is particularly vibrant at this year’s Doves. Gospel great CeCe Winans and two-time reigning winners For King & Country are nominated alongside new hopefuls Maverick City Music and We The Kingdom. Southern rocker Zach Williams could also claim his second victory in the category.
The top overall nominee, as usual, is an offstage figure: producer and songwriter Jeff Pardo, with nine nods stemming from his work with Anne Wilson, We Are Messengers and more. Maverick City Music is tied for most nominated artist alongside Matthew West – each has seven.
The long history of the Doves
It will be the 53rd Annual Dove Awards. The ceremony began in Memphis with a banquet hosted by the new GMA at the national quartet convention. In 1971, the Doves moved to Nashville, where they found a permanent home (except for a two-year stint in Atlanta after the 2010 flood).
Lipscomb University has hosted the doves and the annual GMA Hall of Fame ceremony since returning to Nashville in 2013.
Campbell, like countless Doves alumni, remembers watching the show on television as a child – thanks to a grandmother who kept her station tuned to the Christian network TBN, which still broadcasts the ceremony today.
“There were a lot of people I fell in love with, and Sandi Patty was one of my favorites. ‘More Than Wonderful’ is still my favorite song to this day. It’s probably because I listened and watched with my grandma when she won singer of the year, I think, 20 years in a row. (Note: it wasn’t quite 20, but Patty won the award for 11 years in a row from 1982.)
How to watch
The 53rd The annual GMA Dove Awards are now sold out, but the show will be filmed and aired this Friday on TBN at 7 and 9 p.m. CT. An encore presentation will air on October 28 at 7 and 9 p.m. CT. It can also be watched on the official TBN website and app – visit TBN.org for local channel information and more.