Christian music artists with a similar outlook are preparing their West Michigan concerts for this fall. And many of those artists are coming freshly adorned with 2017 Dove Award nominations.
The 48th annual Dove Awards are sponsored by the Gospel Music Association and are considered one of the top awards for faith-based music artists. Nominees were announced August 9 at a Nashville news conference, with award ceremonies set for Oct. 17.
Singer-songwriter David Crowder – whose "American Prodigal" tour comes to Calvin College Oct. 27 – has four nominations. His recent album and his song "Run Devil, Run" both received multiple Dove nods, one of them for its video. General admission tickets $30 online.
The rockers NeedtoBreathe also have multiple nominations. Their album "HARD LOVE" and its title song both scored award mentions. The band performs at 20 Monroe Live in downtown Grand Rapids on Sat. Nov. 11. Tickets start at $36 online
The very next day (Nov. 12) worship artist Kari Jobe comes to 20 Monroe Live, the first ever worship-based concert at the new venue. Her album "The Garden" is Dove-nominated as worship album of the year. Tickets start at $27 online.
DOVE SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL ARTIST
Special congratulations go to West Michigan-based Steven Malcolm. The Wyoming Park High School grad was nominated for three Dove awards – new artist of the year, rap/hip-hop album of the year, and his song "Party in the Hills" as rap/hip-hop song of the year.
The recognition comes on the heels of the release of his self-titled album earlier this year.
"Feeling blessed," Malcolm posted to his Facebook followers the day after the announcement.
Malcolm performed for his hometown on the Winter Jam tour, which stopped at Van Andel Arena last January.
His family is overjoyed. Especially his mother.
"I am so very proud of him," said Kimberly Ellin of Grand Rapids. "To use his passion for music to spread the love of Christ is truly amazing. I always knew that he was going to grow up to be something special and do big things."
She said she's looking forward to attending the October 17 Dove ceremonies in Nashville.
In the new artist category with Malcolm are Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Micah Tyler, Zach Williams, and the rap/hip-hop group Social Club Misfits.
(Social Club Misfits comes to The Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids Oct. 15, with Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed. Advance tickets $21 online).
Other Dove Tales:
*Country singer Reba McEntire is nominated for a Dove for her inspirational album, "Back to God."
* Hillary Scott, a member of the country trio Lady Antebellum, scored several nominations based on her new inspirational album. Among them is the song "Thy Will," which is up for Song of the Year.
* The complete list of nominees in all 39 categories is available at www.doveawards.com. The award ceremonies will be televised Sun. Oct. 22 on the TBN network.
MORE FALL CONCERTS TO COME
*Michael Gungor (and his band Gungor) at Dimnent Memorial Chapel, Hope College Sept. 22. Tickets are $20, (less for Hope students and staff). Tickets online .
*Matt Maher, a singer-songwriter and worship artist, comes to Community Reformed Church in Zeeland Sept. 24. Tickets are $20 advance online.
*Jon Foreman, lead singer of the band Switchfoot, brings his solo artistry to Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center Sept. 29. General admission $25, online.
*Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets, Blanca and Brock Gill with the Big Church Night Out tour Oct. 13 in Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo. Reserved seats are $25 but group rates and premium packages also available online.
*Building 429, Josh Wilson, Chris August on the Worship in the Round tour Oct. 29 at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland. General admission tickets are $10, but go up to $15 on Aug. 27.
Tickets at https://www.itickets.com/events/383468.
AND THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
*Looming large on the holiday calendar is the Amy Grant-Michael W. Smith extravaganza Dec. 10 at Van Andel Arena. The artists perform with a full symphony orchestra and special guest Jordan Smith. Tickets start at $37. Explore online .
*The annual "Hark Up" Christmas celebration featuring big band, choir, dancers and more is set for Dec. 1-3 at DeVos Center for Arts and Worship at Grand Rapids Christian High School. For more information, www.harkup.com
*Over the Rhine Dec. 2 at Calvin College Chapel, Tickets $20 general admission, online tickets
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