J.J. Hairston and William McDowell to Perform October 25 on ASCAP Rhythm & Soul’s “Sunday Inspiration” to Celebrate ASCAP’S 2020 Dove Awards Nominees

October 23, 2020

Singer Bri Babineaux Will Host


New York, NY (October 23, 2020) – On Sunday, October 25, 2020, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) celebrates this year’s ASCAP Dove Awards nominees with their next ASCAP Rhythm & Soul “Sunday Inspiration.”


An uplifting virtual event, ‘Sunday Inspiration’ will be hosted by gospel artist and musician Bri Babineaux and feature musical performances by Babineaux as well as Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter J.J. Hairston and gospel musician William McDowell. Hairston and McDowell are both 2020 Dove Awards nominees. Beginning at 2:30PM ET, ASCAP will share exclusive performances on @ASCAPUrban social media platforms and @ASCAP’s IGTV.


“Although we can’t be together for this year’s Dove Awards, we’re looking forward to celebrating our ASCAP Dove nominees with this special edition of Sunday Inspiration,” said Nicole George-Middleton, ASCAP Senior Vice President, Membership. “We congratulate all of this year’s Dove nominees. Their success inspires us and their music reminds us that we will overcome these difficult times.”


The 51st GMA Dove Awards will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8 PM ET and will broadcast on Trinity Broadcast Network. The show will honor outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian and Gospel Music. Below are the ASCAP members who are 2020 GMA Dove Awards Nominees:


Song of the Year
“Deliver Me (This is My Exodus)” - Desmond Davis, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge, Shonmacmusic, ROBBASS ENC, Desmond Davis Designee


Gospel Artist of the Year

Jekalyn Carr

Tasha Cobbs Leonard


Artist of the Year

Tasha Cobbs Leonard


Producer of the Year

Ronald Hill


Rap/ Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
"Set Me Free" - Lecrae Moore, Christopher Hulvey, Erica Atkins-Campbell, Gabriel Azucena, J Raul Garcia


Bluegrass/ Country/ Roots Recorded Song of the Year

"He Won't Let Go" - Gloria Gaynor


Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year

“Blessings On Blessings” - Anthony Brown
"Won't Be Moved " - Bryan Sledge, Cedric Smith, Dameon Reeves

“B!g" - Rodney Turner


(Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year)

"I'm All In" - Dana Sorey
"Victory” - Karen Clark-Sheard


Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year

"Miracle Worker" - Rich Tolbert Jr.
“Promises” - Lemuel Marin
"Proverbs 3” - Isaac Tarver
“Only You Can Satisfy (Live)” - William McDowell, Chandler Moore


(Rap/ Hip Hop Album of the Year)
Work in Progress - GAWVI, Matthew Scott Cohen, !llmind

Jesus Is King - Budgie, BoogzDaBeast, Francis Starlite, Xcelence, Brian 'Allday' Miller, Angel Lopez, Timbaland, Warryn Campbell
MOOD // DOOM - Ben Lopez, Colby Wedgeworth, Rey King


Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year

2econd Wind: Ready - Anthony Brown
TIME - Marcus Hodge
People - Darryl “LiLMaN” Howell
LONG LIVE LOVE - Shaun Martin, Ronald Hill, S1 for SKP. Inc.


(Traditional Gospel Album of the Year)
Jesus Is Born - Jason White, Nikki Grier

The Return - Warryn Campbell, Jermaine Dupri, Damien Sneed, Karen Clark-Sheard


Gospel Worship Album of the Year

Miracle Worker - JJ Hairston

The Cry - William McDowell


ASCAP’s most recent “Sunday Inspiration” event was hosted in July by Kia Moore, pastor and founder of The Church at the Well, and featured musical performances by chart-topping gospel artists Y’anna Crawley, Casey J, Anthony Brown and Jekalyn Carr. “Sunday Inspiration” has previously featured gospel artists Brian Kennedy, Kim Person, Mali Music and Brian Courtney Wilson.


For more information on ASCAP Rhythm & Soul, please visit https://www.ascap.com/music-creators/genres/rhythm-and-soul. For more information on the 2020 GMA Dove Awards, please visit https://doveawards.com/2020-nominees/#.


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 825,000 members representing more than 16 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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