Tauren Wells wins 4, including new artist, at Dove Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year in the 49th annual Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards.

Wells, who was the former lead singer for Christian rock group Royal Tailor, played “Known” by his solo debut record, “Hills and Valleys,” during Thursday’s award show from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wells also won awards for record of the year and got an award for becoming a featured artist on the rap/hip hop recorded tune of the year with Social Club Misfits.

Wells recognized artist of the year of breath, explaining that he had been backstage altering clothes when the award was first announced and rushed to get to the stage before understanding what award he’d won.

“I am grateful — what award is that? ” Wells explained. “New artist of the year?! Woah! ”

Backstage after the show,” Wells said that “Known” has been about one of those God’so lessons for him about picture.

“While ithaving to hold those decorations and & rsquo; so great to pose for these pictures, this doesn’t matter just as much as what’s occurring inside our hearts,” Wells explained.

Cory Asbury, a worship pastor in Kalamazoo, Michigan, rode the victory of his own No. 1 Christian single “Reckless Love” to three awards for tune of the year, worship tune of the year and worship album of the year. He explained the song has connected through church agencies and on the radio.

“I’ve been hearing mad testimonies of people that say ‘I was suicidal and I was going to take my life, and I discovered this tune and I felt that the love of God for the first time,’” Asbury explained. “Stories like that are some of us do so. ”

Songwriter Colby Wedgeworth also won three awards, such as songwriter of the year, non-artist, for working with Wells about the “Hills and Valleys” list and for co-writing that the pop/contemporary recorded tune of the year, “Old Church Choir. ”

Zach Williams won artist of the year and pop/contemporary documented tune of the year because of his tune “Old Church Choir,” along with Tasha Cobb Leonard won renowned artist of the year and worship album.

Rap duo Social Club Misfits from Florida won rap/hip hop recorded tune of the year because of their song “War Cry,” a tune they wrote following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“We believe as anything which happens to our creation, we take it personally, and so this tune came out of a location of simply wanting to rally a creation,” said Martin Lorenzo Santiago, who goes by the stage name Marty, in the duo.

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