During the “all things Dove Awards week,” the American Society of Composers and Publishers (simply known as ASCAP) rolled out the proverbial red carpet. The night before the 47th annual GMA Dove Awards, the noted organization did a ‘thank you, glad you could be here’ type of VIP private reception. Attending this year’s event was a mixture of national media and award winning gospel artists.
Motown gospel artists and Dove Award nominees Janice Gaines and Brian Courtney Wilson gave special performances at the reception. Appearances by several other Dove Award nominees included: Steve Watts, Troy Chambers and Sean Cook. Special guests added to the evening festivities. Multi-Award winning gospel artist Anthony Brown stopped for photo ops and those taking selfies with the three gospel artists.
ASCAP event organizers form Nashville, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles were on hand to assure the evening’s ultimate success. The combined networking mixer and media interview platform ran like a well-oiled machine.
From the sound check to the doors opening to the major performances to the hubbub of laughter and work in the onsite kitchen, the event captured the intended essence for the evening.
Having arrived early, I was privy to what goes on behind the scenes in the kitchen. Hattie Martin (Miss Hattie’s Salads & Catering) and her tight knit crew pumped out some of the best cuisine in Nashville.
Working media in attendance held interviews, while photographers snapped key photographs. The stellar performances granted by Brian Courtney Wilson and Janice Gains were also on point. The artists didn’t just share their vocal skills, they fused true praise and worship emotion into the songs they sang. Brian shared a bit of his new music project ahead and the seven-month pregnant artist Janice Gaines filled the air with her strong vocal skills.
It’s no secret that Brian’s chart topping ‘Worth Fighting For’ is a soul stirring gospel ballad style song, but he performed it so well that it drew tears of praise from his eyes. Janice Gaines’ ‘Wait on You’ ran chills of joy through our bodies.Special thanks go to PR Maven Simone Smalls of Strategic Heights Media for providing core information and keeping us in the loop. It was a spectacular evening indeed and reminded me of why we do what we do. The gospel music industry is an interchangeable, multi-faceted myriad of artists, events and information. It’s also a pipeline of service to God, which we must never forget. It’s an honor to serve and to bring the information, photographs and news to the people we serve.
The gospel music leg of ASCAP is just one of many that the organization facilitates. For further information, visit www.ascap.com.