The 14th annual Absolutely Gospel Music (AGM) Awards were handed out Wednesday night at a special concert celebration in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Isaacs and producer Ricky Free were the night’s big winners.
The Isaacs took home three awards during the program. The group was awarded their third consecutive Mixed Group of the Year title this year. The group’s Christmas DVD. An Isaacs Family Christmas Special, also won Special Event Project of the Year. Ben Isaacs also took home Producer of the Year (Artist) for a fourth time in his career.
Free was also honored with three awards. He took home the Producer of the Year (Professional) title last night. In addition, he was awarded Ovations for Album of the Year (for Brian Free & Assurance’s Unashamed) and Progressive Recording of the Year (for Joseph Habedank’s Welcome Home) for his production work on those recordings.
Additional artists and individuals who won multiple awards throughout the evening included the Bowling Family, Joseph Habedank, and The Browders.
One of the biggest awards of the evening—the 2015 Pacesetter Award—was handed toenLighten SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and the Unthank family presented the Susan Unthank Memorial Award to songwriterRebecca J. Peck. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music. In addition to the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, Peck was chosen as Songwriter of the Year (Professional).
The evening featured show-shopping performances from the Isaacs, the Bowling Family, Tribute, The Browders, High Road, Jim Brady Trio, The Dunaways, Adam Crabb, Joseph Habedank, Amber Nelon Thompson, 11th Hour, The Williamsons, and Jeff Stice. The evening also featured a special presentation to the family of Lari Goss and a musical tribute to Andrae Crouch by Geron Davis & Kindred Soulsand Angela Primm.
“Words can not express just how thrilled we are with this year’s program,” AbsolutelyGospel.com President Deon Unthank said. “Joseph and Amber were phenomenal hosts, and this year every performer knocked it out of the park.”
The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards handed out each year by the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com. Each January, the staff and select media representative decide upon the nominees in over twenty categories. In February of that year, the readers of the site are then allowed to vote for their favorites in 12 categories. For more information, visit www.absolutelygospel.com
Here is a list of the 2015 winners:
Song of the Year: “Finish Well” – Karen Peck & New River (written by Michael Farren, Karen Peck Gooch, and Kenna West)
Album of the Year: Unashamed - Brian Free & Assurance (produced by Ricky Free)
Pacesetter: enLighten SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Amber Nelon Thompson
Male Vocalist of the Year: Adam Crabb (Gaither Vocal Band)
Female Vocalist of the Year: Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
Male Group of the Year: Booth Brothers
Female Group of the Year: HIGHROADIII
Mixed Group of the Year: The Isaacs
Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Matthew Browder (The Browders)
Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Rebecca J. Peck
Producer of the Year (Artist): Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Producer of the Year (Professional): Ricky Free
Engineer of the Year: Blake Bennett
Musician of the Year: Jeff Stice
Traditional Song of the Year: “Footprints On the Water” – Gold City (written by Joseph Habedank & Dianne Wilkinson)
Traditional Album of the Year: Journey of Hope - Tribute (produced by Roger Talley)
Progressive Song of the Year: “I Know Enough” – Bowling Family (written by Marcia Henry & Belinda Smith)
Progressive Album of the Year: (a tie) Jesus Saves –Three Bridges (produced by Rick Sandidge) and Welcome Home – Joseph Habedank (produced by Ricky Free)
Country Song of the Year: “Listening For the Shout’ – The Browders (written by Matthew Browder and Tommy Browder)
Country Album of the Year: Church In the Kitchen – The Dunaways (produced by Jerry Salley)
Special Event Project of the Year: An Isaacs Family Christmas - The Isaacs
Music Video of the Year: “Where I’ve Been” – The Freemans (Big Merlin Productions)
Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Bowling Family
Susan Unthank Memorial Award: Rebecca J. Peck