First week of voting eclipses over 500,000 votes,
unlocking new home for family in Detroit
Nashville, Tenn. (May 13, 2014) – The K-LOVE Fan Awards has announced that current Dancing With the Stars® contestant Candace Cameron Bure, as well as American Music Award Winner, ASCAP’s reigning Christian Music Songwriter of the Year and GRAMMY®-nominee Matthew West will host the K-LOVE Fan Awards on Sunday, June 1 at the Grand Ole Opry House.
"I'm so excited to be hosting the K-LOVE Fan Awards," exclaimed Candace. "We're going to have a fun-tastic night and I'll be fan-girling over my favorite artists along with everyone watching!"
"As a young boy I used to study tape of the great hosts in history and nobody understood why," said Matthew. "Bob Barker, Arsenio Hall, Jerry Springer, Montel Williams, Geraldo Rivera; they've all helped to mold me into the host that I am today. I feel like all of my life has been leading up to this one moment, hosting the K-LOVE Fan Awards. All of those hours studying have finally paid off. I'm so excited!"
Voting for the K-LOVE Fan Awards is open now until Midnight EST on Saturday, May 31. Partnering with World Hope to aid in revival efforts for the city of Detroit, MI., every half a million votes cast for the Fan Awards will unlock a newly remodeled home for a family in need in Detroit, with a goal of two million votes and four homes total. The first week of voting alone eclipsed 500,000 votes, unlocking the first home.
Check out the Revival of Detroit video here: revivalofdetroit.com.
Winners will be announced LIVE at the awards show in the categories of music, sports, books and movies. To vote, visit: www.klovefanawards.com.
Last week, K-LOVE announced key performers for the K-LOVE Fan Award Show. The star-studded award show will feature performances by Chris Tomlin, Hillsong UNITED, Steven Curtis Chapman, MercyMe, Francesca Battistelli and many more.
This year, fans will have more opportunities than ever to see and interact with their favorite Christian music artists at the K-LOVE Fan Awards Weekend. Starting Friday night, May 30, the weekend will start with a bang at the official Weekend Kickoff Concert, featuring performances by Tenth Avenue North, Switchfoot, for KING & COUNTRY, Rend Collective and a surprise headlining artist.
All weekend, fans will be able to participate in the first ever K-LOVE Fan Zone, which will feature a variety of fan-focused events including tours of Jeremy Camp's tour bus, celebrity basketball games, autograph sessions and more. Saturday night will end with the new Songwriters Spotlight, hosted by Steven Curtis Chapman. On Sunday, Michael W. Smith will start the day off with a special Worship Service at the Opryland Resort. The events of the day will lead to the official K-LOVE Fan Awards Show nearby at the Grand Ole Opry House.
CANDACE CAMERON BURE
Candace Cameron Bure realized early that it was her desire to be an actress. Candace grew up watching her older brother Kirk Cameron star in the popular show “Growing Pains.” It was from this experience that Candace knew that she wanted to pursue acting. In 1987, Candace took on the most important role of her young life as Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner on the series “Full House.” Viewers watched Candace grow up during the show's eight-year run and maintained an unwavering affection for her, even as she grew older.
Despite being off the air since 1995, “Full House” still ranks as one of the most successful series of all time.
While much of her success was in television, Candace also gained starring roles in feature films. Joining the long tradition of John Hughes movies, she acted alongside Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson in Some Kind of Wonderful in 1987. She then had the opportunity to work with acting greats Tom Hanks and Sally Field in the 1988 comedy, Punchline.
After “Full House” wrapped its last season, Candace met her future husband, professional hockey player Valeri Bure and began her most important role to date, the role of mom for her three children, Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.
On top of it all, Candace Cameron Bure has developed a deep Christian faith throughout the years and tries to live her life by the ideals of her beliefs. She supports many philanthropic causes, giving support to Skip1.org, Compassion International, Sheraton House and Children's Hunger Fund, as well as being the National Ambassador for National House of Hope. Candace also travels the country speaking at various churches, colleges, and women's conferences sharing her Christian faith.
A multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and lauded by The New York Times as “a vivid and compelling songwriter with impressive approaches to the familiar,” four-time GRAMMY® nominee Matthew West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005), Something to Say (2008), The Story of Your Life (2010) and Into The Light (2012). His 2010 studio album, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album garnered attention from CNN Online, Fox News, Billboard, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street week debut of his career, selling over 10,000 units the first week landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200. His songwriting credits include cuts by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. West was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. West’s fifth studio album, Into The Light, was released last fall and was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Album for the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. The album features his most recent hit singles “Forgiveness” and “Hello My Name Is” (which was No. 1 on the National Christian radio chart for 17 weeks straight, officially breaking the record for the most weeks at No. 1), along with 10 other tracks inspired by 10,000 new letters submitted after West invited people to, once again, send him their stories. West was nominated and won his first American Music Award in 2013. West spent much of late 2012 and early 2013 on a pre-headlining stint of the No. 1 Tour in the World (first quarter), the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. He wrapped 2013 with his headlining fall 2013 tour and “The Story Tour” in December. This year he has been on the “Hits Deep Tour” as well as his “Hello My Name Is…” acoustic tour.
K-LOVE FAN AWARDS
The K-LOVE Fan Awards mission is to create a fan experience that celebrates and promotes artists, athletes, authors and entertainers who, with excellence, engage and impact popular culture for Jesus Christ. Last year’s inaugural event included hosts from the A&E TV’s popular show “Duck Dynasty,” Phil & Kay Robertson and Jase & Missy Robertson. For more information on this year’s exciting lineup and award show hosts, visit www.KLOVEFanAwards.com.
K-LOVE FAN AWARDS WEEKEND
Fans are encouraged to sign up for the exclusive K-LOVE Fan Awards Weekend, which will begin May 30 and run through June 1. With Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort as the home base, those who join this Experience will receive tickets to the Awards show, a three-night stay at Opryland, dinner with the K-LOVE staff and friends, a weekend kick-off concert, and access to the K-LOVE Fan Zone, which will include exclusive meet & greets, autograph signings and much more. There are limited spots to the K-LOVE Fan Awards Weekend and it is slated to sell out. To find out more on this year’s schedule, visit, For a full schedule of the weekend, visit: www.klovefanawards.com/schedule-events. The K-LOVE Fan Awards is a John Sanders LLC/World Hope Event.
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