(December 10, 2018) The 2019 GRAMMY nominees have been announced, and we’d like to congratulate the five Southern Gospel artist/groups nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound made the list with Clear Skies (StowTown Records), their January 2018 release. The album has been very popular in radio and digital markets, and the first two singles raced to the top of the Singing News chart—“Clear Skies” hitting No. 1 and “Give Me Jesus” reaching the No. 2 spot.

The Isaacs learned of their nomination—their second in two years—shortly after arriving back in the U.S. after a trip to Israel. They are nominated for Favorites: Revisited by Request (Gaither Music Group), produced by The Isaacs and executive producer Terry Bradshaw.

Jason Crabb landed in the top five with Unexpected (Daywind), produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) and featuring Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) and Kaya Jones. Crabb’s 2009 debut solo album Jason Crabb earned the singer his first GRAMMY in 2010 for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album.

The Martins posted on Facebook that they were “overwhelmed and grateful” at the news of their GRAMMY nomination for Still Standing (Gaither Music Group), produced by Gordon Mote. This is the third GRAMMY nomination for the three adventurous siblings, who announced the release of Still Standing just after they went skydiving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights in April.

Gordon Mote struck the right chord with his nominated album, Love Love Love (New Haven Records), produced by Wayne Haun and Phil Johnson. Mote is thrilled, but taking it in stride, as he posted on Facebook: “I am shocked, overwhelmed, excited, and that’s just the beginning. … I pray that all of us in this business will continue to do our best to honor God in everything we do. When we hear stories about how the music has encouraged someone to draw close to the one and only true God, that’s the real reward.”

The 61st GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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