ICM AwardsNashville, Tenn. (July 31, 2011) – The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards first round nominees were today announced in Nashville.  Presentation of awards in 22 key categories for the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show will be held on Friday, October 28, 2011 in Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The ballot, voted on by  membership, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad array of categories that include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo,  musician, radio, radio station, film, and television honors.  Major artist nominees for this year’s awards include Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Ronnie Dunn, The Roys, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Jeff Bates, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, and George Strait.  Film honors presentations include a competitive field highlighted by family rated major box office contenders including Toy Story 3, Secretariat, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader.

Top 5 finalists in all categories will be announced on August 30th culminating in the October awards presentation announcements.

The 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards continue as the highpoint finale of Inspirational Country Music Week, an event presented by the Inspirational Country Music Association.  This year’s planned schedule will run October 24-28th in Nashville and as in past years will draw a broad cross section of industry, music fans, broadcast media, and artists in a well-orchestrated showcase of music and seminar related activities.

ICM-Association Executive Director Jason Higgins notes the organization’s ongoing commitment to the Nashville origins of the annual event.  “We are very pleased to have the Millennium Maxwell House as the host location of the week’s event, as well as the historic Wildhorse Saloon as a setting for a planned Appreciation Luncheon to be held during ICM Faith, Family & Country Week for media and participants. Combined with the awards presentation for the first time this year being held in the incomparable setting of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center we feel we are showcasing a real commitment to all that makes Nashville ‘Music City’.”

The following 2011 Top 10 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards first round nominees are listed in alphabetical order within each category:


Chuck Day
Jeff Bates
Johnny Lee Cook
Mary James
Point of Grace
Ricky Skaggs
Russ Murphy
Steve Richard
The Roys
Tommy Brandt

Male Vocalist

Chuck Day
Greg McDougal
Guy Penrod
Jayc Harold   
Jeff Bates
Mike Rimmey
Russ Murphy
Steve Richard
Tommy Brandt
Will Peppers

Female Vocalist

Amanda Fessant
Chelley Odle
Kali Rose
Kathy Joy Bell
Laura Dodd
Mary James
Misty Treece
Nicole Hope
Sandra Dee
Sharon Parks

Vocal Duo

Amanda Fessant featuring Tommy Brandt
Austins Bridge
Bruce & Betsy Mullen
Dailey and Vincent
Franklin Road
Jeff & Sheri Easter
Johnny Lee Cook featuring T. Graham Brown
The Roys

Vocal Group or Band

Corey Brooks Band
CrossCountry The Band
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Last Light Band
Point of Grace
Sunday Drive
The Akins
The Amundruds
The Isaacs
The Springs

Mainstream Inspirational Country Song

Bleed Red– Ronnie Dunn
Family Man– Craig Campbell
Hello World– Lady Antebellum
I Won’t Let Go– Rascal Flatts
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away– Justin Moore
Mama’s Song– Carrie Underwood
Raymond– Brett Eldredge
That’s Important to Me– Joey+Rory
The Breath You Take– George Strait
Voices– Chris Young

Mainstream Country Artist

Buddy Jewell
Carrie Underwood
Craig Campbell
Craig Morgan
Jeff Bates
Josh Turner
Rascal Flatts
Ronnie Dunn
The Band Perry

Inspirational Country Song

I Believe– Sunday Drive
I Hope Heaven Has A Dirt Road– Will Peppers
I Wonder What God’s Thinking– The Roys
I’ll Stand Up And Say So– Chuck Day
Loves Gotta Go Somewhere– Steve Richard
On My Knees Again– Amanda Fessant featuring Tommy Brandt               
One Day Closer– Jeff Bates
Someday Soon– Ricky Skaggs
Sweet Forgiveness– Kali Rose
That’s What Freedom Costs– Russ Murphy


Amanda Fessant
Chuck Day
Greg McDougal
James Payne
Jeff Treece
Kris Miller
Mike Rimmey
Paul Staggs
Russ Murphy
Tommy Brandt

Legend/Pioneer Award

Bruce Haynes
Fox Brothers
Fred Bacher
Lisa Daggs
Melanie Walker
Oak Ridge Boys
Randy Travis
Ricky Skaggs
Ron Corneilus
Susie McEntire


Family Man– Craig Campbell: Bigger Picture Group, Director-Shaun Silva
Hello World– Lady Antebellum: Capitol Nashville, Director-Roman White
I Am Strong– The Grascals w/Dolly Parton: BluGrascal Records , Director-David Corlew
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away– Justin Moore: Valory Music Co., Director-Peter Zavadil
If I Die Young– The Band Perry: Republic Nashville, Director-David McClister                
Mama’s Song– Carrie Underwood: Arista Nashville, Director-Shaun Silva
Raymond– Brett Eldredge: Atlantic Records, Director-Shaun Sliva
Real– James Wesley: Broken Bow, Director-Chris Hicky                           
This– Darius Rucker: Capitol Nashville, Director-Trey Fanjoy                    
Voices– Chris Young: Sony Music, Director-David McClister

New Artist  (*)   

Aubree Bullock
Chuck Hancock
Kali Rose
Lathan Moore
Lucas Hoge
Nathan Stanley
Rene Herbert
Renee Spencer
Rorey Wesney
The Parish Family
Tyson Bowman
 (*) 11 artists in category indicate a tie.


Andy Leftwich
Brent Mason
Charlie McCoy
Dennis Agajanian
Doyle Lawson
Gordon Mote
Greg McDougal
Jayc Harold
Ricky Skaggs
Tim Atwood


Anita Renfroe
Barry McGee
Chonda Pierce
Cuzin Gus
David Ferrell
Jeff Treece
Johnny Lee Cook
Ken Davis
LuLu Roman
Tim Steed

Radio Personality

Bob Flotte
Dick Johnson
Gary Richardson
J.R. Pitsenbarger
Leon Joplin
Marty Smith
Mona Faith
Rich Miller
Scott Perkins
Wayne Morton

Radio Station

Inspirational Country Radio Network
KABF-Little Rock, AR
WBFC- Stanton, KY
WCWV-Summersville, WV
WJCR – Upton, KY
WKAX-Russellville, AL
WSGM-Tracy City, TN
WSM AM 650 – Nashville, TN
WTYS- Marianna, FL
WYEA- Sylacauga, AL

Inspirational Bluegrass Artist

Bruce & Betsy Mullen
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Kathy Joy Bell
Lawrence Bishop
Nathan Stanley
New Jerusalem Bluegrass
Ricky Skaggs
The Grascals
The Isaacs
The Roys

Youth In Music

Abbey Gregory
Aubree Bullock
Calina Boggs
Candy Boggs
Hannah Faith
Matthew Wacaster
McDougal Kids
Renee Spencer
Tommy Brandt II
Voices of Glory

Music Evangelist

Barry McGee
Chuck Day
Corey Brooks
CrossCounty The Band
Dennis Agajanian
Greg McDougal
Johnny Lee Cook
Mary James
Russ Murphy
Tommy Brandt

“Faith, Family & Country Movie”

Amish Grace
Charlie St. Cloud
Country Strong
Get Low
Pure Country 2: The Gift
Soul Surfer
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader            
Toy Story 3
Waiting For “Superman”

Television Network

Christian Broadcasting Network
Cornerstone Television Network
Family Friendly Entertainment Network
Gospel Music Channel
Great American Country
NRB Network
TCT Networks
Total Living Network

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