Music Icon Ricky Skaggs Nominated For Five ICM Awards

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Nominations include Entertainer and Legend/Pioneer Award

Rick Skaggs playing guitarNashville, TN (September 1, 2011) — The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Top 5 finalists were announced yesterday, and Ricky Skaggs secured nominations in five categories: Legend/Pioneer Award, Entertainer, Inspirational Country Song (“Someday Soon”), Musician and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist.  For Skaggs, who has previously won several ICM Awards, this year’s nominations are particularly sweet. “I’m very grateful to the ICM for all the nominations,” says Skaggs. “When I started playin’ and singin’, they didn’t have award shows like they do now, so I’ve never been driven to win them.  I just love the music and I love the fact that God uses music to speak to people’s hearts.  That’s what I’m in it for, to be a messenger of His Love.”  The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be held on Friday, October 28 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

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The Roys In Running For Three ICM Awards

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Duo To Perform On Show With Ricky Skaggs & The Whites

The Roys posing with instruments in front of a log cabin wallNashville, TN (September 1, 2011) — The reigning Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year, The Roys, are in the running for three more ICM awards this year: Vocal Duo of The Year, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist and Inspirational Country Song (“I Wonder What God’s Thinking”).  Winners will be announced during the 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards show, held in Nashville on Friday, October 28 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Roys will perform “That’s What Makes It Love” that night with special guests Ricky Skaggs and The Whites. Both songs are from The Roys’ current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, which was recorded at Skaggs Place Studio and released March 22 this year on Rural Rhythm Records. The disc debuted at #7 on BILLBOARD’s Bluegrass Albums Chart, and is currently #6 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 15 Albums Chart, #7 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Bluegrass Albums Chart and #16 on The Alternate Root’s Top 66 Bluegrass Album Chart.

“We’re overjoyed to be nominated again this year,” says Elaine Roy. “And it will be amazing to perform on stage with legends like Ricky Skaggs and The Whites,” adds her brother, Lee.  “They were amazing to work with in the studio.”  Ricky and The Whites appear on the recorded version of “That’s What Makes It Love.”

The brother/sister duo has enjoyed numerous high-profile performances this year, kicking off Country Thunder Festival USA (where they opened for Lady Antebellum), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), Dogwood Park Concert Series (Greenville, TN), and more. They’ve appeared on several Fox Television Network shows, Daily Buzz, ABC-TV’s What’s The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, and numerous other popular programs. Upcoming shows include dates with country legend Janie Fricke, and performances at the Kentucky Renaissance Fair, Heroes Music Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Rocky River Fall Bluegrass Festival and dates in Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Fans can catch up with all the news and complete itinerary on The Roys by clicking on www.theroysonline.com

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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