The Media Collective Congratulates Our 2015 Dove Award Winners

Nashville, Tenn. (October 14, 2015) — The Media Collective would like to congratulate our clients who took home awards last night at the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Sadie Robertson and Erica Campbell hosted the awards, which took place at Nashville's Lipscomb University. The show will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Crowder's Neon Steeple won the Recorded Music Packaging award with designer Leighton Ching, art directors Shelley Giglio, Mike McCloskey, Leighton Ching, Becca Wildsmith and photographers Zack Arias and Mary Caroline Mann. Crowder's current single "Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)," has reached the Top 5 on CHR and the Top 15 on the National Christian Audience Chart. Crowder is heading out with Chris Tomlin later this season on the "ADORE Christmas Tour."

Colton Dixon took home the Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year award for ANCHOR, produced by David Garcia, Adam Watts, Andy Dodd and Gannin Arnold. The album includes the most played Hot AC single of 2014, “More Of You," which spent three weeks at No. 1, as well as "Through All of It," his fourth consecutive No. 1 at Hot AC Radio. Dixon recently released dual EPs Calm and Storm and is currently on the ***THIS IS NOT A TEST*** Tour with TobyMac and Britt Nicole.

Nashville-based Full Circle Music, helmed by Seth Mosley, took top honors, garnering four wins, including Producer of the YearSongwriter of the Year (non-artist)Pop Contemporary Album of the Year for Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. (producer) by for KING & COUNTRY and Inspirational Album of the Year for Above It All (producer) by Phillips Craig & Dean.

Skillet took home the Rock Song of the Year award for "Good To Be Alive," written by John L. Cooper, Zac Maloy and Tom Douglas. Skillet recently earned their third RIAA certified platinum single as their song "Awake & Alive" sold over one million digital copies. The group is currently in the studio preparing for a 2016 release as they wrap up as headliners of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular.

Michael W. Smith took home the award for Christmas Album of the Year for Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, produced by Smith, Robert Deaton and David Hamilton. The holiday spirit will continue for Smith later this season as he sets out on a Christmas tour, co-billing with Amy Grant on select dates.

Laura Story was honored with the Inspirational Song of the Year award for "O Love Of God" written by Story, Cindy Morgan and Ian Cron. Story's debut Christmas album God With Us released October 9, following the September release of her second book "When God Doesn't Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn; Truths You Can't Live Without."

Chris Tomlin, along with Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Gloria Gaither, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher and Bill Gaither wrote “Because He Lives (Amen)” by Matt Maher, which took home Worship Song of the Year. Tomlin is currently on the fall leg of his "Love Ran Red Tour" and is setting out later this season on a Christmas tour in support of ADORE: Christmas Songs of Worship, releasing October 23. His current single "Good Good Father" hit the No. 1 spot on iTunes Christian Songs chart the same day it released and is rapidly climbing the radio charts, already hitting No. 19 on the National Christian Audience chart.

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Michael W. Smith Invites Host of A-List Performers to Join Him on New Christmas Record Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, Available September 30

Rolling Stone Country exclusively announces project with behind-the-scenes album trailer

Michael W. Smith’s "Spirit of Christmas Tour" set for later this year

Nashville, Tenn. (August 12, 2014) - Three-time GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith partnered with Rolling Stone Country today to announce the September 30 release of Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, featuring an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald

An acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas is Smith’s fourth Christmas project, following the successful releases of Michael W. Smith Christmas (1989), Christmastime (1998) and It’s A Wonderful Christmas (2007).

“This is the most unique and unusual record I've ever done in my 31-year career. The entire record was sequenced together before we recorded one song," recalls Smith. "Sonically you’re hearing me in a way that you’ve probably never heard me before. At one point it's like Smitty meets Bublé. There’s my granddaughter’s voice singing the song from 'Home Alone,' plus the whole orchestral and symphonic feeling of Christmas, mixed together with all these amazing voices and guests - yet it all fits together in a remarkable way."  

Marking his debut as an album producer, CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas producerRobert Deaton was inspired by Smith’s performance with Jennifer Nettles during the 2013 CMA Country Christmas television program, and suggested to Smith they create a full Christmas recording as co-producers. The two welcomed renowned orchestral maestroDavid Hamilton as a third co-producer, who arranged and oversaw the London Symphony Orchestra’s recordings on the project.

“When we started talking about who could be on this record with him, the list got really narrow really fast," remarked co-producer Robert Deaton. "There’s a difference between a singer and an artist, or a celebrity and an artist. While we were fortunate to have these amazing guests on the record, it all feels like a cohesive piece and you never leave the fact that it’s a Michael W. Smith record. That was important. That, along with working with co-producer David Hamilton, who is the resident genius, was amazing. This entire process has just been phenomenal."

Eager to create a one-of-a-kind project to be played at Christmastime for years to come, Smith and Deaton were inspired by the original Carpenters Christmas album, wanting nostalgia to hit listeners right at the top of the record. Thematically, the album is uniquely divided into three sections, creating an overall arc to the recording. Beginning with the childlike and wintery aspects of the start of the Christmas season, the collection evolves with songs and instrumentations reflecting the true meaning of Christmas with the celebration of family and faith, concluding with what Christmas brought to the world, the birth of Jesus. 

This fall, Smith will bring holiday cheer to audiences across the country as he launches "The Spirit of Christmas Tour." Smith’s long-time friend and fellow GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant will co-bill with him in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Tickets for many shows are on sale now. For a full list of tour dates, and ticket information, visit

Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
1. The Miracle of Christmas
2. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
3. Happy Holidays/Holiday Season
4. Christmas Time Is Here (feat. Vince Gill)
5. White Christmas (feat. Lady Antebellum)
6. Somewhere In My Memory
7. The Spirit of Christmas (Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Feels Like Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful)
8. Silent Night (feat. Little Big Town)
9. What Child Is This (feat. Martina McBride)
10. Almost There (feat. Amy Grant)
11. All Is Well (feat. Carrie Underwood)
12. Christmas Day (feat. Jennifer Nettles)
13. The Darkest Midnight (Spoken Word by Bono)
14. Peace (with Special Guest Michael McDonald)

About Michael W. Smith:
Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 28 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY® Awards, one American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. Most recently, in honor of ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary, Smith, along with Amy Grant, was honored as “a cornerstone of Christian music,” for his groundbreaking career and significant influence on the genre. Throughout his career, the Contemporary Christian Music artist has had the opportunity to sing for several Presidents and national leaders. He actively supports the teen club Rocketown, Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham. Michael and his wife Debbie live in Middle Tennessee, where they raised their five children. So far this year, Smith has released Hymns, his first-ever classic hymns album available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and, as well as his first studio worship album since 2008, Sovereign, which took a Top 10 spot on the Billboard 200, as well as the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart. His fourth career Christmas album,Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, will be available September 30, 2014. For more information, visit


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