2018 Stellar Awards

33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

(CHICAGO) – January 17, 2018 – Central City Productions announces the nominees in 28 categories for the 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, hosted again this year by history-making artist, Kirk Franklin on Saturday, March 24.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel
Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

SONG OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown, Trust in You – A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
David Bloom, Cortez Vaughn, Phontane Demond Reed & JJ Hairston, You Deserve It (JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise), JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
Derrick Starks & J.D. Sheard II, Hang On (Feat: Kierra Sheard) – Bishop J. Drew Sheard Presents: GEI LIVE, Karew Records
Travis Greene, You Waited – Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
JJ Hairston, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration
Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
CeCe Winans, Let Them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel
Le’Andria Johnson, Bigger Than Me, RCA Inspiration
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel
Tina Campbell, It’s Still Personal, Gee Tree Creative/Malaco

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
James Fortune & FIYA, Dear Future Me, Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dr. F. James Clark Presents the NextGeneration Choir, Sure. Focused. Centered, City of Peace Music
Gene Moore, The Future, Motown Gospel
Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records
Koryn Hawthorne, Koryn Hawthorne, RCA Inspiration

CD OF THE YEAR
A Long Way from Sunday, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

CHOIR OF THE YEAR
JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
Ricky Dillard & New G, 10, Entertainment One
The Miami Mass Choir, The Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center, MaJo Records
Vincent Bohanan & The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir, We Win, Independent

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown, Justin Savage, Dana T. Sorey, Warryn Campbell & Darryl Woodson, A Long Way from Sunday (Anthony Brown & group therAPy), Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
Deitrick Haddon, Marcus Hodge & Gina Miller, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
Kenneth Leonard & Natasha Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel
Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
James Fortune & FIYA, Dear Future Me, Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
The Showers, The Journey, A & P Records

TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
Gods Posse, The Kind of God We Serve, Independent
The Rance Allen Group, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records
The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records
The Williams Singers, In Real Time, Blackberry Records

CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Anthony Brown, A Long Way from Sunday, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
Deitrick Haddon, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
JJ Hairston, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
Travis Greene, Crossover Live in Music City, RCA Inspiration

TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live In New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
Marvin Sapp, Close, Verity/RCA Inspiration
Rance Allen, Live from San Francisco, Tyscot Records
Ricky Dillard, 10, Entertainment One

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Isabel Davis, The Call, Uncle G Records
Koryn Hawthorne, Koryn Hawthorne, RCA Inspiration
Lucinda Moore, Walking In My Favor, Nalah Music Group
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Motown Gospel

TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Anita Wilson, Sunday Song, Reflection Media, Inc/Entertainment One
CeCe Winans, Let them Fall in Love, Pure Springs Gospel
Le’Andria Johnson, Bigger Than Me, RCA Inspiration
Tina Campbell, It’s Still Personal, Gee Tree Creative/Malaco

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
A Long Way from Sunday, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Deitrick Haddon & Hill City Worship Camp, Entertainment One
Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
I Got Out, Bryan Popin, Little Boy Wonder Music/Flaydo Music
Let Them Fall in Love, CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel
Close, Marvin Sapp, Verity/RCA Inspiration
10, Ricky Dillard & New G, Entertainment One

URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE Or PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Trust in You, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A/FairTrade/Tyscot Records
You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
I’m Getting Ready, Tasha Cobbs Leonard ft. Nicki Minaj, Motown Gospel
You Waited, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Byron Purnell, You – The Dolly Express (Jermaine Dolly), By Any Means Necessary
Derek Blanks, We Livin – It’s Still Personal (Tina Campbell), Gee Tree Creative/Malaco
Terrance Crowley, I’ve Seen Him Work – Sunday Song (Anita Wilson), Reflection Media, Inc/Entertainment One
Terrance Crowley and Ted Winn; Grateful – Stand In Awe (Ted Winn), Shanachie Entertainment Corp.

TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Bishop Paul S. Morton, Legacy Live in New Orleans, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
Charles Butler & Trinity, The Blood Experience, Entertainment One
Ricky Dillard & New G, 10, Entertainment One
Vincent Bohanan & The Sound of Victory Fellowship Choir, We Win, Independent

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
Dr. F. James Clark Presents the NextGeneration Choir, Sure. Focused. Centered, City of Peace Music
GEI, Bishop J. Drew Sheard Presents: GEI LIVE, Karew Records
JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One
The Miami Mass Choir, The Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center, MaJo Records

INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR
Ben Tankard, CanTANKerous, BEN-Jamin’ Universal Music
Daniel Weatherspoon, The Langley Park Project, Longlife Ent. Inc.
Kirk Whalum, #LoveCovers, Top Drawer Records
Tim Bowman, Into the Blue, I.M. Records

SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
A Kenny Lattimore Christmas, Kenny Lattimore, Motown Gospel
Greenleaf Soundtrack Season 2, Various Artists, RCA Inspiration
Legacy Live in New Orleans, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Tehillah Music Group/Entertainment One
Live from San Francisco, The Rance Allen Group, Tyscot Records

RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
Crowns & Crosses, Bizzle, God Over Money LLC
Greatness, Canton Jones, Radar Live/Cajo Records
Reflection, Derek Minor, Reflection Music Group /Entertainment One
The Waiting Room, Trip Lee, Reach Records

YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
God’s Little Soldiers International Boys Choir, Through the Years, DIR/Motor City Praise
Kelontae Gavin, Higher, Marquis Boone/Tyscot Records
Pure N Heart, Change the World, Music2ChangeU
The Children Speak, Gibbs Ave, HOLY-wood Records

QUARTET OF THE YEAR
Men of Gods Heart, Men of Gods Heart, Men of Gods Heart, LLC
The Group Fire, Join the Praise Party, Jet Records North / East
The Williams Brothers, Timeless, Blackberry Records
The Williams Singers, In Real Time, Blackberry Records

RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
Derek Blanks, Dear Future Me (James Fortune & FIYA), Fiya World Music/Entertainment One
Derek Blanks, 10 (Ricky Dillard & New G), Entertainment One
Derek Blanks, Heart. Passion. Pursuit (Tasha Cobbs Leonard), Motown Gospel
Tim Parker, Close (Marvin Sapp), Verity/RCA Inspiration

PRAISE & WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
Crossover Live in Music City, Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration
Heart. Passion. Pursuit, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
Sounds of Revival II: Deeper, William McDowell, Delivery Room Music/Entertainment One
You Deserve It, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, JamesTown Music/Entertainment One

GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR
KHVN Heaven 97, 970AM, Dallas, Carmina Barnett
WGRB-AM 1390AM (Inspiration 1390), Chicago, Sonya Blakey
WIGO – AM 1570, Atlanta, Larry Young
WPRS-FM, PRAISE 104.1, Washington, DC, Ron Thompson

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR
WBBP 1480, Memphis, Tracy Morgan
WDEM Radio 98.5FM, Memphis, Towanna Murphy
WJXY 103.5FM/937FM, Myrtle Beach, Reggie Dyson
WOKB 1680AM, Orlando/Central Florida, Shanti Persaud

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
WFMI 100.9, Virginia Beach, Mike Chandler
WNNL 103.9FM – The Light, Raleigh-Durham, Jerry Smith
WREJ, Richmond, Randy Johnson
WYLD -AM 940, New Orleans, Dr. Loretta Petit

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR
KSYB 1300AM, Shreveport, Rhonda Phillips- Sanders
WEHA – Gospel 88.7 &100.3 FM, Atlantic City, William & Elaine Hawkes
WHBT 98.3 FM/1410 AM, Tallahassee, Darius Baker
WIMG 1300 AM, Trenton, Vennie Stansbury

INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR
Gospel Central Radio, www.thegospelcentral.com, Michael Stewart
SOAR Radio, www.soarradio.com, Justin Francis
uGospel Radio, uGospel.com, Khalif M. Townes
Yes Lord Radio, www.yeslordradio.com, Rodrick Warren & Howard Young

GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
Liz Black, 1190AM WLIB, New York City, NY
Sonya Blakey, WGRB – Inspiration 1390, Chicago, IL
Randi Myles, WPZR-FM PRAISE 102.7, Detroit, MI
Jerry Smith, WNNL Radio 103.9 The Light, Raleigh, NC