PILLAR RECEIVES ROCK ALBUM NOD
GMA Dove Awards Recognize Oklahoma Rockers
Personal Confessions Strikes Emotional Chord With Fans

Nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced this morning at Belmont University’s Curb Café with Tulsa-based rock band Pillar securing a nomination for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year for its sixth studio project, Confessions.

Over its 10 year career, Pillar has reached nearly 1 million in album sales (including two albums with sales exceeding 300,000 copies each), performed for more than three million people and tallied 10 No. 1 radio singles, 13 Top 5 hits, a GRAMMY nomination, four Dove Awards, and nine national headlining tours. And they still continue to impress critics and fans alike.  Known for unparalleled energy, commitment to excellence and consistently surpassing fan expectations, the hard rock quartet delivers big on an album full of weighty messages.

Confessions (released 9/22/2009) debuts the talents of new members, bassist Rich Gilliland, drummer Taylor Carroll and new producer, Rob Graves (Red, Wavorly). The album has inspired Pillar frontman Rob Beckley to co-author a book elaborating on important themes from the record. Co-produced with the American Bible Society, the book, aptly titled “Confessions,” is available free of charge on tour dates, with book excerpts available at www.pillarmusic.com/confessions.

Pillar’s previous studio album, For the Love of the Game (02/26/08), debuted at No. 4 on SoundScan’s Christian (overall) album chart. Since Pillar’s Dove Award-winning label debut Above in 2001, the band has graced the cover of numerous Christian and mainstream magazines with features in Rolling Stone, Spin, Bass Player, and Hit Parader. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based band also won Fuse TV’s “Next Big Thing” award and has seen its music played on numerous ESPN sports programs, including SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight (during montage highlights from the 2007 World Series) and College Gameday, as well as CBS and FOX Sports.

Find more information please visit: www.pillarmusic.com and www.myspace.com/pillar. Follow Pillar on Twitter: www.twitter.com/pillarmusic

About the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards

The GMA Dove Awards is Christian/Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, where top artists from every style of gospel music come together for a night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows the industry’s highest honor — the Dove Award.

The 41st Annual Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House and televised nationwide on gmc (http://www.gmclife.com), Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST. gmc is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 46 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.

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