A piece of really significant news for the UK gospel scene: for the second year in a row London based Zoe Records artists have been nominated for Dove awards in the U.S.
Deborah's 'Sovereign King' is up in the 'Urban Recorded Song of the Year' category, the same category won by Lola Godheld in 2011 for 'Wait on The Lord' from the Zoe double album 'The British Are Coming'.
Also in the same category is Flame (All I Need feat. Chris Lee), Martha Munizzi (Make It Loud), Kim Burrell (Sweeter) and Canton Jones (Window).
Label mate Jay Ess has also done well, picking up a 'Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year' nomination for 'Intoxicated' (interestingly also featuring Deborah), alongside LeCrae with 2 nods (Hallelujah and Overdose), Group 1 Crew (Please Don't Let Me Go) and Tedashii (Riot).
On Our Way
I'm guessing it's going to be a long (and possibly hard) journey going from curiousity-value Black folk with interesting accents to credible, regular international nominees on high-profile US awards. It seems the Doves like what we have to offer.
Massive bigup to Zoe Records too - the company completely understand what it takes to make an impact on the international stage.
Apart from the quality prerequisite (we've always had good music) there's the essential networking and permanent presence needed in the target market. I know for a fact that this current series of nominations has literally been years in the making.
And I've also been saying this for years: watch out world. We're coming.
Deborah on Facebook
Jay Ess website
Blog post: Lola Godheld wins Dove award 2011
See the Dove Awards nominees page