Premiere modern rock band Fireflight receives its first career GRAMMY nomination this week, with its third studio album For Those Who Wait announced in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album category last night by The Recording Academy®, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the third year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®,” a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia at L.A. Live.
The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 13, 2011, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Released Feb. 9, 2010, For Those Who Wait debuted at No. 5 on the Nielsen SoundScan Current Contemporary Christian Album Chart. Along with superior album reviews, For Those Who Wait was named the No.1 “most anticipated album of 2010,” by Jesusfreakhideout.com. The project also gave the band its fifth career No. 1 radio single on the Rock format with lead single “Desperate,” followed by the title track’s performance as a Top 5 hit at Rock and Top 10 at CHR.
GRAMMY-nominated, modern rock outfit Fireflight has received six career Dove Award nominations, including Artist of the Year in 2009 and lead singer Dawn Michele’s Female Vocalist of the Year nomination in 2010. Fireflight’s 2008 breakout sophomore album Unbreakable debuted at No. 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, amid national media attention following NBC’s premiere of the title track in network TV promos. Unbreakable garnered two No.1 rock singles with “The Hunger,” and the blockbuster title track, which held the top spot at Christian rock radio for 4 weeks. The “Unbreakable” music video logged more than a million plays on YouTube.
In 2009, Fireflight won Taco Bell’s inaugural fan-voted “Best of the Beat” contest and performed at ESPN’s “Winter X Games 13.” Fireflight debuted nationally with 2006’s The Healing of Harms, producing two No. 1 rock singles with “You Decide” and “Waiting.” Fireflight’s music has been featured on E! Entertainment’s “Style Network” and in music-video reels at both American Eagle and Journey’s stores across the country. For nearly a decade, the band has remained tireless road warriors on the concert circuit averaging 140 shows a year. Fireflight is: Dawn Michele, lead vocals; Justin Cox, guitar; Glenn Drennen, guitar; Wendy Drennen, bass; and Phee Shorb, drums.