Top Five Category Finalists Announced For The 17th Annual ICM Awards

Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, George Strait, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton Given Top Major Category Honors

ICM Gold LogoNashville, Tenn. (August 31, 2011) –The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Top 5 finalists were announced today in 22 key categories  advancing the presentation of the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards in award ceremonies to be held on Friday, October 28th at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Top 5 ballot, as determined by first round membership voting by the members of the Inspirational Country Music Association, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad cross section of categories that include entertainer, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo,  musician, radio, radio station, film, television honors and more.

Major artist nominees on the Top 5 ballot for this year’s  ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards  include Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum,  The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, The Roys,  Josh Turner, Jeff Bates, Randy Travis, The Grascals,  Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Point of Grace, Guy Penrod, The Isaacs, and George Strait.  Film honors finalists  include a competitive field highlighted by family rated major box office contenders including Country Strong, Secretariat, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Top 5 finalists in all categories will now be presented to the membership in final round voting that will end on September 30th. Awards will be announced at the October 28th awards presentation.

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Guy Penrod’s March Madness Song Tournament


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Guy Penrod’s “March Madness Song Tournament” Tips Off With 16-Title Playoff

Fans To Choose Their Favorite Penrod Recording Via Facebook

Nashville, TN (March 10, 2011) — In keeping with the spirit of the NCAA basketball tournament, Country and Christian music star Guy Penrod has announced his “March Madness Song Tournament” on Facebook. Fans can vote to select their favorite Penrod performance in a seeded, 16-song tournament.

Earlier this month, Guy Penrod’s Facebook fans nominated their favorite tracks from his solo CD, BREATHE DEEP, or any song recorded during his 14-year reign as the lead vocalist of the Gaither Vocal Band. A total of 46 different titles were nominated; the top 16 most-popular songs now round out the bracket. The first round of voting will begin tomorrow, Friday, March 11, and continue until the winning song is announced on Thursday, March 31.

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The contest’s Grand Prize is a brand new, 32-GB Apple iPod Touch, loaded with all of the tournament’s 16 songs, plus additional music and videos from Penrod’s BREATHE DEEP and THE BEST OF GUY PENROD releases.

Guy’s combined 2010 CD sales exceeded 100,000 units (BREATHE DEEP; THE BEST OF GUY PENROD), and BREATHE DEEP was the best-selling new Southern Gospel CD last year.

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Guy Penrod’s Prayin’ About Everything

Guy Penrod’s New Single, “Pray About Everything,” Offers Solace In Difficult Times – At Radio Now

Debut 2010 Solo Tour Put Artist Before 150,000-plus Fans

Nashville, TN (January 5, 2011) – Guy Penrod’s new single, “Pray About Everything,” is available now to country radio via Play MPE and CDX Vol. #513. Written by Nashville hit-makers Bob Regan and Jeff Stevens, the single owes its success not only to Guy’s amazing vocal and the high-energy track, but also to Penrod’s powerhouse promotion team, which includes Nancy Tunick (GrassRoots Promotions) and John Ettinger and Chris Allums (Quarterback).

“Pray About Everything” offers solace in difficult times, and during his recent debut solo tour, over 150,000 fans heard Guy’s message of hope. “The first time I heard this song, I knew I had to cut it,” says Penrod. “Its message is central to the way we live our lives, and it is such a poignant message for the day.” Prone to worry, Guy’s concerns encompass themes familiar to us all: How things could have been done differently; failures (real and imagined); worry about the future and challenges yet faced. “I worry about how I’ll afford college tuition for my eight children, and how to be a good husband.” But for Penrod, this song’s message holds a special and important reminder. “We are not alone,” says the former lead singer for The Gaither Vocal Band. “And it helps to remember that prayer really can bring about change.”

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