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ATLANTA BASED REACH RECORDS GARNERS AN UNPRECEDENTED SEVEN DOVE AWARD NOMINATIONS IN FOUR MAJOR CATAGORIES

GRAMMY-NOMINATED HIP-HOP ARTIST LECRAE LEADS THE PACK WITH FIVE NOMINATIONS

ALONGSIDE A TWO-DOVE NOD FOR LABEL MATE & BILLBOARD CHART-TOPPING ARTIST TEDASHII

43RD Annual Awards Show to be Held April 19th at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees where Atlanta based Reach Records walked away with an unprecedented seven nominations in four major categories.

REACH RECORDS 2012 DOVE AWARD NOMINATIONS:

Cat. #9                  (Tedashii) Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year – “Riot” (Backlight)

Cat. #21                (Tedashii) Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year – Backlight

Cat. #6                  (Lecrae) Artist of the Year

Cat. #9                  (Lecrae) Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year – “Hallelujah” (Rehab)

Cat. #9                  (Lecrae) Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year – “The Overdose” (Rehab)

Cat. #21                (Lecrae) Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year – Rehab: The Overdose

Cat. #35                (Lecrae) Special Event – The Story

Leading the pack with five nominations for Reach Records, including the prestigious Artist of the Year, is Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Lecrae.

Having established himself as the frontrunner of Christian Rap, Lecrae broke into the Billboard Top 200 Albums debuting at No. 17 with REHAB, while reaching No. 3 on the Top 10 Albums chart on iTunes. With an offering of rehabilitation found in Christ alone, Lecrae also maintained his established base, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.  The impact of this album continues to spread across the globe, receiving nominations for several awards including a Grammy for Best Rock/Rap Gospel album.

Joining Lecrae in 2012 Dove Award nominations is label mate Tedashii, who’s sophomore album Identity Crisis charted No. 2 on the Gospel Billboard chart and No. 9 on the Christian Billboard chart, solidifying the appeal of a unique artist who is unashamedly Christian and soulfully Hip Hop.  Since his last release, Tedashii has blazed several tracks as a feature artist, and is gearing up to release his third album this spring.

The 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. This year’s nominations were announced in a special press conference held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, GA. Montell Jordan, CoCo Brother, Chonda Pierce and AJ Styles were all on hand to announce nominations in 23 of 43 official categories.

The 2012 Dove Awards will be held on Thursday, April 19th at Atlanta’s famed Fox Theater. For more information, please visit www.doveawards.com or www.gospelmusic.org.

About GMA

Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community membership consists of agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376www.facebook.com/gospelmusicassociation

About Reach Records and ReachLife Ministries

Reach Records and ReachLife Ministries strive to, “bridge the gap between biblical truth and urban context.” Founded in 2003, Reach Records is a Christian music record label dedicated to using music as a means of reaching the urban community in a biblically sound way. While Reach Records employs music to reveal biblical truth, ReachLife Ministries aims to empower ministry leaders with this music in order to grow the urban church.

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