The Stellar Awards

Gospel Jazz Artists Category, Submissions and Consideration
By Andrea R. Williams

2008 Stellar Awards Highlights:

Instrumental CD of the Year

  • The Craig Crawford Players; I'll Be With You ; Life Jam Records
  • Syreeta Thompson; Gabriel's Praise ; Blow Your Horn Girl Publishing
  • Lionel Jones; Papa Jones ; Color Code Purple Productions, Inc.
  • Ben Tankard; Let's Get Quiet: The Smooth Jazz Experience ; Verity/Zomba (winner)

2009 Stellar Award Hopefuls:

Instrumental CD of the Year

This year, making it to the first round of the 24 th Annual Stellar Awards are the following recordings and artists:

  • Esther Williams & Davey Yarborough - In The Spirit , DAV-EST
  • Jeff Majors - Sacred Major 7 th , Music One
  • Barry D. - Born to Play , TAQA Records/New Day
  • Angella Christie - The Breath of Life , ACSM Record Company
  • Harold Rayford - Always There , Tyscot Records
  • Ron Brown - Restored , Mankind Records
  • Courtney Nero - Make Me Walk , Courtney Nero Music

The official Stellar Award Nominations will be announced Friday, October 17 th.

Did you realize that you can submit your project to be considered for a Stellar Award? If you are an instrumental artist who has recorded Christian music, you are strongly encouraged to enter your product for submission into the entry process for the Stellar Awards. The Instrumental CD of the Year category consistently receives less entries than many of the other categories although there are plenty of artists who are recording Christian instrumental music. You can submit your product for Stellar Award consideration if you are an artist or a record label. To find out more about the Stellar Awards, joining the organization or the qualifications needed to submit your music, go to or call 312-654-1100.

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