ICM Reveals Awards Finalists

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• August 31, 2011

Top five finalists for the ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards in 22 categories were announced today. The presentation of the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be held Friday, October 28 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Nominees include Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Chuck Day, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Richard, Tommy Brandt, The Roys, Greg McDougal, Point of Grace, the Oak Ridge Boys and more. The finalists in all categories will be voted upon by ICM membership by September 30th. Awards will be announced at the October 28th awards presentation.

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards caps off the annual Inspirational Country Music Week, which runs Oct. 24-28 in Nashville that draws fans and industry alike. Nashville’s Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will host the week’s activities before the Awards.

“We feel this year’s presentation will bring the ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards to a new level of recognition within the industry, from the scripting of the show itself to the list of nominees, to the level of presenters, and special guests still to be announced,” says ICM Association Exec. Dir. Jason Higgins. “Working with our host charity, Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, promises to offer a very compelling element of humanitarian importance to the event.”

Full Nominees:
Entertainer
Chuck Day, Johnny Lee Cook, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Richard, Tommy Brandt

Male Vocalist
Chuck Day, Greg McDougal, Guy Penrod, Jeff Bates, Tommy Brandt

Female Vocalist
Kali Rose, Laura Dodd, Mary James, Nicole Hope, Sharon Parks

Vocal Duo
Amanda Fessant featuring Tommy Brandt, Branded, Bruce & Betsy Mullen, Joey+Rory, The Roys

Vocal Group or Band
Corey Brooks Band, Last Light Band, Point of Grace, Sunday Drive, The Springs

Mainstream Inspirational Country Song
Bleed Red – Ronnie Dunn
I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away – Justin Moore
That’s Important to Me – Joey+Rory
The Breath You Take – George Strait

Mainstream Country Artist
Buddy Jewell, Carrie Underwood, Jeff Bates, Joey+Rory, Josh Turner

Inspirational Country Song
I Wonder What God’s Thinking – The Roys
I’ll Stand Up And Say So – Chuck Day
Loves Gotta Go Somewhere – Steve Richard
Someday Soon – Ricky Skaggs
That’s What Freedom Costs – Russ Murphy

Songwriter (tie in category)
Chuck Day, Greg McDougal, James Payne, Paul Staggs of Branded, Russ Murphy, Tommy Brandt

Legend/Pioneer Award (award has already been determined)
Fox Brothers, Melanie Walker, Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs

Video
Hello World – Lady Antebellum: Capitol Nashville, Director-Roman White
I Am Strong – The Grascals w/Dolly Parton: BluGrascal Records , Director-David Corlew
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away – Justin Moore: Valory Music Co., Director-Peter Zavadil
If I Die Young – The Band Perry: Republic Nashville, Director-David McClister
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood: Arista Nashville, Director-Shaun Silva

New Artist
Aubree Bullock, Chuck Hancock, Kali Rose, Lucas Hoge, Renee Spencer

Musician
Dennis Agajanian, Doyle Lawson, Greg McDougal, Jayc Harold, Ricky Skaggs

Comedian
Barry McGee, Chonda Pierce, Jeff Treece, Johnny Lee Cook, LuLu Roman

Radio Personality
J.R. Pitsenbarger, Leon Joplin, Mona Faith, Rich Miller, Scott Perkins

Radio Station
Inspirational Country Radio Network
KABF-Little Rock, AR
WCWV-Summersville, WV
WSM AM 650 – Nashville, TN
WTYS- Marianna, FL

Inspirational Bluegrass Artist
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Nathan Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs, The Roys

Youth In Music (tie in category)
Aubree Bullock, Hannah Faith, Matthew Wacaster, McDougal Kids, Renee Spencer, Voices of Glory

Music Evangelist
Corey Brooks, Greg McDougal, Johnny Lee Cook, Russ Murphy, Tommy Brandt

“Faith, Family & Country Movie”
Country Strong, Pure Country 2: The Gift, Secretariat, Soul Surfer, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Television Network
Daystar, Gospel Music Channel, Great American Country, TBN, TCT Networks

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