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(picture from left are Todd Suttles, Reggie Smith, Bill Gaither, Adam Crabb and Wes Hampton)

The Gaither Vocal Band won Dove Awards this week for the 2017 Southern Gospel Artist of the Year and Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for "Better Together."

The 2017 Winners at the 48th Annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards were announced earlier this week at the event in Nashville, TN. The awards show, co-hosted by Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Kari Jobe, will exclusively air on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) this Sunday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. CST. Since 1970 the GMA Dove Awards event has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian Music. The show celebrates our 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!

Since the early 1990s, the Gaither Vocal Band has served as a standard-bearer in the world of gospel music.  Founded by legendary gospel songwriter and producer, Bill Gaither, this Grammy-winning vocal group has performed in the worlds most prestigious venues, including the Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.  

The list of men who have comprised the Gaither Vocal Band over the past 30 years reads like a “Who’s Who” among the gospel music industry’s best-loved voices, including Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Mark Lowry, Michael English, David Phelps and many others.

A featured favorite in the Billboard chart-busting Gaither Homecoming Series, the Gaither Vocal Band continues to fill venues across North America with a steady tour schedule every year.   

Today, the Gaither Vocal Band roster is comprised of five power-packed voices, including Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles and Reggie Smith. Individually, these men are gifted artists and men of authentic faith. Together, they are the known around the world for their stunning vocals, innovative harmonies and life-altering message… a message of grace, hope and redemption.

Reggie Smith tweeted this note during the evening's celebration, along some cameo photos: "This was Dove Awards week in Nashville, and so many of our Homecoming friends were honored-- The GVB won two, and performed as well! Karen Peck Gooch got to meet one of her heroes. Reba celebrated her win and her birthday by singing a duet with her daughter Destiny, and Jason Clark penned a heartfelt congratulatory post to his wife Kelly. Also, Amy Gaither Hayes found an amazing photo of her dad as a young father, and Joe Bonsall welcomed fall weather with a prayer of gratitude."

(Gaither Vocal Band members took a photo with Reba McEntire, who also won a Dove Award)