This past weekend all roads led to Siloam International Church in Atlanta, Georgia in celebration of the inauguration of Gospel’s newest national award show. C. Chandon Carter, the CEO of Carter Unlimited purposed to create an award show where signed, mainstream artists and unsigned, independent artists were honored together for their ministry contributions to the gospel music industry and to the world. Additionally, Pastors of mega churches and pastors of smaller ministries were honored together for their great Kingdom work in demonstrating the 5-fold ministries as outlined in the book of Ephesians as recipients of the Nehemiah Award.
The 2016 winners of the Steeple Awards are:
- Church of the Year: The dReam Center Church of Atlanta (Pastor William Murphy, III)
- CD of the Year: One Place Live (Tasha Cobbs)
- Song of the Year: I’m Yours: (Casey J)
- Group or Duo of the Year: The Walls Group
- Female Artist of the Year: Le’Andria Johnson
- Male Artist of the Year: Canton Jones
- Author of the Year: DiShan Washington (Diary of a Mad First Lady)
- Choir of the Year: Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling
- New Artist of the Year: Ahmad Hall & Friends
- BEst in Media: Twanda Black of KISS 104FM
- Comedian of the Year: Karlton Humes
- Inspirational Rap Artist of the Year: Luke G
The Nehemiah Award Honorees are:
- Bishop Stephen B. & Co-Pastor Vanessa Hall of The Rhema Nation Church
- Pastor Kerwin B. & 1st Lady Yolanda T. Lee of BETastrean Christian Church
- Bishop William, & Co-Pastor Danielle Murphy of The dReam Center Church of Atlanta
- Dr. Jonathan C. & Co-Pastor Sylvia D. Carter of Siloam Church International
- General Overseer Craig L. & 1ST Lady Chi’lra Oliver of Elizabeth Baptist Church
To the delight of show attendees, comedian Broderick E. Rice brought his unique brand of comedy as show host and kept the audiences laughing throughout the night while local and national artists kept the audience enrapt with splendid musical offerings. Local Atlanta favorites: Sonya McGuire, Marica Chisholm, John Mero and the Atlanta Masonic Choir shared the stage with Miles D. Mealing, and national artists Tim Bowman, Canton Jones, Tyler Little, Bashir Hogue, The Showers Family Group, saxophonist Jeff Sparks, Zebulon Ellis and Corey Webb. Several industry memBErs were also on hand and served as presenters including Actress and Producer Reece Odum, Gospel Recording Artist Debra Prather, industry executive, Cappriccieo Scates, President of Mytrell Records and Grammy Award winning producer, Kevin Bonds as well as Dr. Sherry Blake of Ask Dr. Sherry and seen on Love and Hip Hop, Braxton Family Values, and Preachers of Atlanta, as well as Lyanta Tomlin publisher of Divine Voice magazine.
The presentations were paused to pay homage to Pastor Daryl Coley who transitioned on March 15th with a riveting medley of three of Coley’s popular songs presented by Marica Chisholm and Sunday BEst alums Corey Webb and Zebulon Ellis.