Laura Story Crowns Incredible Year With Four Dove Award Wins

Adored “Blessings” Songstress Laura Story Crowns Incredible Year With Four Dove Award Wins, Including Song of the Year Blessings” Wins Three Major Awards; Story Named Songwriter of the Year

Taking home four trophies – the most Dove Awards of any artist at last Thursday’s ceremony – GRAMMY®-winning songwriter and worship leader Laura Story embellished her acclaimed career as she nabbed the award for Song of the Year for her celebrated, multi-week No. 1, “Blessings.” The song and album of the same name also won awards for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. In addition, Story earned the Dove for Songwriter of the Year, a fan-voted award. The Gospel Music Association (GMA)’s 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards were held on Thursday night, April 19, at the FOX Theatre in Atlanta.

“I am so grateful for the kindness of the GMA last night, as well as the listeners, fans, radio and retail who have so graciously supported us this past year,” says Story. “I’m even more thankful that God uses broken thing and broken people to shine His glory through. All praise and honor to Him.”

Fresh off her Dove wins, Story was also nominated for three Billboard Music Awards Thursday night: Top Christian Song for “Blessings,” Top Christian Album (Blessings), and Top Christian Artist. The Billboard Music Awards will take place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand and be broadcast live Sunday May 20, 8/7c on ABC.

Story’s 2008 national debut, Great God Who Saves, won a Dove Award for Inspirational Album and earned her two consecutive nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year. In February of this year, Story picked up her first GRAMMY®, winning the award for Best Contemporary Christian Song for “Blessings.” In addition to this GRAMMY® win, her four Dove wins and three Billboard Music Award nods crown an immensely successful period for the decorated worship leader.

“Blessings,” which was released last year, was in rotation at over 100 Billboard Christian format reporting stations going No. 1 at Christian AC, Inspo and the National Audience charts for multiple weeks. Additionally, the song also held the No. 1 spot on the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart for 28 consecutive weeks. The critically acclaimed album Blessings debuted at No. 4 on Soundscan’s Overall chart and has remained one of Christian music’s best sellers to date.

Currently on the road with Mandisa for the “Girls Night Live” tour, Story took time out from the 30-city trek to attend the Dove Awards at which she and husband, Martin, revealed that the baby they’re expecting later this year is a girl. Story wraps the “Girls Night Live” tour on May 4 in Savannah, Ga., and the remaining dates also feature special guests Anita Renfroe and Jamie Grace in select cities. For more information visit Starting November 29, Story will join Steven Curtis Chapman and many others on the “12 Gifts of Christmas” tour.

Story’s first book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?, released last month by Freeman-Smith, a division of Worthy Publishing (EMI CMG Distribution), and is already in its third printing. Inspired by her Grammy and Dove Award-winning hit song, “Blessings,” the book is comprised of 30 daily devotions designed to draw readers into a deeper understanding of God’s sometimes mysterious gifts.

The GMA Dove Awards ceremony will be nationally televised on GMC TV on April 24 at 8PM and 10PM EDT.


About Laura Story:
Laura Story, a talented worship leader and songwriter known for penning hit worship songs such as “Indescribable” made famous by Chris Tomlin, made her music debut in 2008 with her first release Great God Who Saves (INO Records). Great God Who Saves garnered her four Dove nominations in 2009, at which she took home her first award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, she also nabbed another nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her hit single “Mighty To Save” earned a No. 1 Soft AC/Inspo and Top 10 AC hit at Christian radio. Also in 2011, Story revealed twelve new inspirational tracks on her sophomore release titled Blessings. Story teamed up with producer Nathan Nockels (Passion, Philips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace) and delivered a worship project that exudes constant threads of pop energy and singer-songwriter warmth. The title-track immediately became a fan favorite as it topped the iTunes ® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and held the No. 1 spot for 28 consecutive weeks.

Matt Maher On The Road With Third Day

Following a 2012 GRAMMY Award nomination for his writing contribution to Chris Tomlin’s “I Lift My Hands,” Matt Maher continues his ever-growing contribution to songs for churches worldwide. Additionally, the singer/song-writer/worship leader continues to see positive momentum on the road with Third Day’s “Make Your Move” tour and the release of his latest music video “Rise Up.”

“As the body of Christ, the church has a unique opportunity to impact culture and influence change. Writing alongside the talented artists and songwriters I’ve had the privilege of working with is such an honor and even more so when these songs get into the hearts and minds of the church. If we can collectively do what we do best in order to see the body come together and truly show a dying world something worth living (and dying) for, then that’s a tremendous honor and I’m thankful for the opportunities I have to be a part of a global conversation about a universal truth.”

Maher’s music not only continues to have a presence in Sunday worship services across the globe but also on tour. Having completed another successful run of “The Love In Between” tour this January and February featuring special guest, Audrey Assad, he immediately joined label mate Third Day on its 2012 Spring “Make Your Move” Tour which launched March 16 and will visit 30 + cities in the U.S.

Most recently, Maher premiered his latest music video and single, “Rise Up” last week. The video received more than 24,000 views its first day and continues to be seen over multiple formats. In promotion of “Rise Up,” Maher is also making the single available as a free download on NoiseTrade The song has been in the top 5 on the site over the past two weeks. In addition, “Rise Up” was among the top three most-added songs at AC Radio this week (for three consecutive weeks) and is No. 24 on the Billboard National Audience Chart.

About Matt Maher:
Matt Maher – singer/song-writer/worship leader and recording artist – has embraced his calling as a “musical missionary” to impact a global stage.

Maher is well known for writing moving worship anthems including “Your Grace Is Enough,” “As It Is In Heaven,” “Hold Us Together,” “Christ Is Risen,” “I Will Rise,” “All To Us,” and “Here For You.” His songs have continue to grow in popularity on the CCLI chart, marking their popularity in church services worldwide, while also being recorded by artists including Chris Tomlin, Audrey Assad, Matt Redman, and the Passion movement. Additionally “Alive Again” was selected by iTunes as the best Christian & Gospel song of 2009. Such popularity has prompted more than 350,000 career sales. National media exposure includes the covers of
Breakaway and Christian Single, a live performance on “FOX & Friends,” and guest writer for Billboard magazine

Maher sits on the board of directors for the Catholic youth organization, Life Teen, and is a staple writer with EMI CMG Publishing. Amid busy touring and writing schedules, he
hosts WorshipTogether’s “New Song Café” and is an active, bylined contributor to The Washington Post’s “On Faith” section (,
an interactive conversation on religion.

His latest project, The Love In Between, released Sept. 20, 2011. The album debuted at No. 7 on the SoundScan Top Contemporary Christian Chart and graced the Billboard 200 at No. 97. The Love In Between additionally experienced notable success at iTunes, breaking into the Top 5 on the Christian & Gospel Top Albums Chart.