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Tasha Cobbs Leonard to Co-Host 48th GMA Dove Awards with Kari Jobe

Tasha Cobbs

Award winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard has taken to her social media to announce that she will be co – hosting 48th GMA Dove Awards with acclaimed gospel singer Kari Jobe.

The GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian Music. The show celebrates rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more!

The 48th edition of GMA Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST. .

Zach Williams and Lauren Daigle lead artist nominations with five, followed by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Kirk Franklin and NEEDTOBREATHE with four nods each. Top nominated writer/producer Wayne Haun scored six nods, and Bernie Herms and David Garcia have five nods each. 

The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Nominees are determined by over 1,500 professional members, and winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500. For more information or to purchase tickets to the show, visit 

Check Out Nominees for 48th GMA Dove Awards

Artist of the Year

Chris Tomlin, sixsteprecords/Sparrow Records
for KING & COUNTRY, Word Entertainment
Hillsong United, Hillsong Music Australia/Sparrow Records
MercyMe, Fair Trade Services
TobyMac, ForeFront Records

Song Of The Year

“Chain Breaker” – (writers) Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes, Zach Williams
“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” – (writers) Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren
“Even If” – (writers) Bart Millard, Ben Glover, Crystal Lewis, David Garcia, Tim Timmons
“Eye Of The Storm” – (writers) Bryan Fowler, Ryan Stevenson
“Feel Invincible” – (writers) John Cooper, Seth Mosley
“Great Are You Lord” – (writers) David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan
“King Of The World” – (writers) Sam Mizell, Becca Mizell, Natalie Grant
“O Come To The Altar” – (writers) Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye
“The Lion & The Lamb” – (writers) Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson, Leeland Mooring
“Thy Will” – (writers) Bernie Herms, Emily Lynn Weisband, Hillary Scott
“What a Beautiful Name” – (writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood

New Artist of the Year

Bri (Brianna Babineaux), Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot Records
Micah Tyler, Fair Trade Services
Social Club Misfits, Capitol CMG Label Group
Steven Malcolm, Word Entertainment
Zach Williams,  Provident Label Group


“Ever Be”
(writers) Kalley Heiligenthal, Gabriel Wilson, Chris Greely, Bobby Strand
(publisher) Bethel Music Publishing

“The Lion And The Lamb”
(writers) Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson
(publishers) Meaux Mercy, Thankyou Music, The Devil Is A Liar! Publishing, Bethel Music Publishing

“O Come To The Altar”
(writers) Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye
(publisher) Music by Elevation Worship Publishing

“What A Beautiful Name”
(writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood
(publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing

(writers) Mia Fieldes, Josh Silverberg, Chris Quilala
(publishers) Jesus Culture Music, Capitol CMG Genesis, Upside Down Under, Capitol CMG Amplifier, Red Red Pop, Be Essential Songs


Let Them Fall In Love – CeCe Winans, (producers) Alvin Love III, Tommy Sims

Worship Journal Live – Fred Hammond, (producers) Fred Hammond, Calvin Rogers, Phillip Feaster,

One Way – Tamela Mann, (producers) Myron Butler, Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, Timbaland, Eric Dawkins, King Logan, Shaun Martin, David Mann

Secret Place – VaShawn Mitchell, (producers) VaShawn Mitchell, Thomas Hardin Jr.

Demonstrate – William Murphy, (producer) Aaron Lindsey


American Prodigal – Crowder, (producers) David Crowder, David Garcia, Solomon Olds, Ed Cash, Hank Bentley

H A R D L O V E – NEEDTOBREATHE, (producers) NEEDTOBREATHE, Jon Levine Dave Tozer, Ed Cash, Ido Zmishlany

Unleashed – Skillet, (producers) Kevin Churko, Kane Churko, Brian Howes, Seth Mosley, Mike “X” O’Connor


Never Lose Sight – Chris Tomlin, (producers) Ross Copperman, Jeremy Edwardson, Ed Cash

There Is a Cloud – Elevation Worship, (producers) Mack Brock, Aaron Robertson

Let There Be Light – Hillsong Worship, (producers) Michael Guy Chislett, Joel Houston, Brooke Ligertwood

The Garden – Kari Jobe, (producer) Jeremy Edwardson

Frontiers – Vertical Worship, (producer) Jacob Sooter

Gospel Artist of The Year

CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel
Kirk Franklin, Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Inspiration
Tamela Mann, TillyMann Music Group
Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Motown Gospel
Travis Greene, RCA Inspiration

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year

“Don’t Give Up On Me” – Bradley Walker
“Little White Church House” – Doug Anderson
“When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace” – The Nelons
“Back to God” – Reba McEntire
“Rocks” – The Isaacs

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year

The Very Next Thing – Casting Crowns
Rise – Danny Gokey
The River – Jordan Feliz
Lifer – MercyMe
Chain Breaker – Zach Williams


The Misadventures Of Fern and Marty – Social Club Misfits, (producers) Elvin “Wit” Shahbazian, 42 North, Tommy Revenge, Ruslan Odnoralov, Black Knight, Raymond Castro, Social Club Misfits

Steven Malcolm – Steven Malcolm, (producer) Joseph Prielozny

The Waiting Room – Trip Lee, (producer) Gabriel Azucena, James Foye III, John McNeil, Joel McNeil , Alex Medina, Allen Swoope, Almondo Cresso, Chris Mackey, Joseph Prielozny, Tyshane Thompson

Inspirational Film Of The Year

“Ben Hur” – (producers) LightWorkers Media, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sean Daniel Company
“The Case For Christ” – (producers) Triple Horse Studios, Pure Flix Entertainment
“I’m Not Ashamed” – (producers) Visible Pictures, Big Film Factory, Pure Flix Entertainment
“Priceless” – (producer) Roadside Attractions
“The Shack” – (producers) Netter Productions, Summit Entertainment


The Very Next Thing – Casting Crowns, (producer) Mark A. Miller

Rise – Danny Gokey, (producers) Mitchell Solarek, Bernie Herms

The River – Jordan Feliz, (producers) Joshua Silverberg, Colby Wedgeworth

Lifer – MercyMe, (producers) Ben Glover, David Garcia

Chain Breaker – Zach Williams, (producer) Jonathan Smith

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Latin and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit 

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