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‘Partners in the Harvest’ theme gets Dove Award song nomination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“I Will Follow Christ,” the theme song for the Cooperative Program’s “Partners in the Harvest” campaign and written by Christian artist Clay Crosse, has been nominated for a 2000 Dove Award.

The announcement was made Jan. 26 in Nashville, Tenn., during a ceremony recognizing nominees for the 31st annual Dove Awards sponsored by the Gospel Music Association.

Crosse, a Southern Baptist, co-wrote the song with Steve Siler. The video used to promote Partners in the Harvest featured a performance of “I Will Follow Christ” with Crosse, Bob Carlisle and BeBe Winans.

Also nominated for Song of the Year were “Basic Instructions,” Steven Delopoulos and John Phillippidos; “Can’t Live a Day,” Joe Beck, Connie Harrington, Ty Lacy; “Choose Life,” Steve Wiggins, Bill Batstone; “Consume Me,” Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, Kevin Max, Mark Heimermann; “Dive,” Steven Curtis Chapman; “I’ve Always Loved You,” Mac Powell, David Carr, Mark Lee, Mac Powell, Tai Anderson and Brad Avery; “Jesus King of Angels,” Fernando Ortega; “The Only Thing I Need,” Brent Bourgeois; and “This is Your Time,” Michael W. Smith and Wes King.

In other categories, Avalon, Steven Curtis Chapman, Point of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, and Michael W. Smith were nominated for artist of the year; Brent Bourgeois, Cindy Morgan, Fernando Ortega, Michael W. Smith and Darlene Zschech were nominated for songwriter of the year; Steven Curtis Chapman, Fred Hammond, Fernando Ortega, Chris Rice and Michael W. Smith were nominated for male vocalist of the year; Jennifer Knapp, Leigh Nash, Nichole Nordeman, Kathy Troccoli and Jaci Velasquez were nominated for female vocalist of the year; and Audio Adrenaline, Avalon, The Cathedrals, Point of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer and Third Day were nominated for group of the year.

The Dove Award winners will be presented April 20 at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host of “LIVE with Regis & Kathie Lee,” will host the program.

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