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By FCMA Press Release

FCMA Announces 2001 PEARL Award Nominees

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Faith Centered Music Association announced the final nominees for the Fourth Annual PEARL Awards today. Among the top nominees are Kurt Bestor, Colors, George Dyer, Sam Cardon and Canadian newcomer Maren Ord. Each was nominated in 4 categories. Other top nominees include Peter Breinholt, Julie de Azevedo, Jenny Oaks Baker and Tammy S. Robinson, each winning three nominations.

The PEARL Awards will be handed out this year in a gala ceremony on July 13 at Cottonwood Auditorium. Voting members of the FCMA will cast their final ballots in late June. All ballots are handled by the accounting firm of Wisan, Smith, Racker and Prescott, and results are kept secret until the night of the awards program.

Several new categories were added this year to reflect the increase in submissions. Holiday Recording of the Year and Compilation Album of the Year were new categories, while the Instrumental Album of the Year category was split into Sacred/Inspirational Album and Contemporary Album.

The PEARL Awards recognize excellence in faith centered music. Past winners have included Gladys Knight, Thurl Bailey, Lex de Azevedo and Michael McLean. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to Crawford Gates in 2000 and Naomi Randall in 1999. Mrs. Randall, best known for writing the beloved children's hymn "I am a Child of God" recently passed away.

This year the FCMA Board of Directors will again choose the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the recipient of the Rich Gibbons Humanitarian Service Award, given to an artist who uses their abilities in the service of others. Last year's recipient was Kurt Bestor, whose fundraising concerts have helped thousands of hospitalized children.

The following is a complete list of nominees:

2001 FCMA PEARL Award Nominees

Sacred Recording ("Song Title" Album Artist)

  • "All Creatures of Our God and King" Wondrous Love George Dyer
  • "Jesus the Very Thought of Thee" A Prayer Unto Thee Kenneth Cope
  • "Tis Eventide" The Color of Hope Tammy S. Robinson

Inspirational Recording

  • "Healing Waters" What Matters Most Sheree Fitzgerald
  • "May I Stand; A Young Women's Prayer" Songs for Young Women Various Artists
  • "The Olive Tree" Songs for Young Women Jenny Jordan Frogley

Contemporary Recording

  • "Give a Little" Outside the Lines Colors
  • "Perfect" Waiting Maren Ord
  • "Wings" Dive Deep Julie de Azevedo

Sacred/Insp Instrumental Recording

  • "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms" Where Love Is Jenny Oaks Baker
  • "Overture" The Lamb of God Soundtrack &Passion of the Lamb Cantata Kurt Bestor
  • "Place of Healing" Creations Michael R. Hicks

Contemporary Instrumental Recording

  • "Acquainted with the Night" Digability Sam Cardon
  • "And the Moon" Soulmate Michael Dowdle
  • "Los Quattros Cuadros" Digability Sam Cardon

Holiday Recording

  • "Away in a Manger" A Crocker Christmas The Crocker Sisters
  • "Away in a Manger/Amazing Grace" Cold Fusion Fiddlesticks
  • "We Three Kings" Holiday Wishes: Enoch Train Enoch Train

Sacred Album (Album; Artist; Producer)

  • A Prayer Unto Thee; Kenneth Cope; Kenneth Cope &Tyler Castleton
  • Songs of Praise and Remembrance; Choirs &Orchestra of BYU; Dennis Packard
  • Wondrous Love; George Dyer; Staci Peters

Inspirational Album

  • Let The Holy Spirit Guide; Janice K. Perry &Steven Kapp Perry; Greg Hansen
  • Michael Sings McLean; Michael McLean; Michael McLean &Guy Randle
  • The Color of Hope; Tammy S. Robinson; Greg Hansen and Guy Randle

Contemporary Album

  • Order in the Chaos; Julia Davis Allen; Julia Davis Allen and Scott Reinwand
  • Outside the Lines; Colors; John Hancock
  • Waiting; Maren Ord; Stephen Hague

Sacred/Inspirational Instrumental Album

  • Abide with Me; Mark Geslison &Geoff Groberg; Mark Geslison &Geoff Groberg
  • Joy in Every Sound; Mark Small/Robert Torres Guitar Duo; Mark Small, Robert Torres &Kenny Hodges
  • Where Love Is; Jenny Oaks Baker; Kenny Hodges

Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Digability; Sam Cardon; Brian Blosil
  • Soulmate; Michael Dowdle; Michael Dowdle
  • To The Summit; Jon Schmidt; Jon Schmidt

Themed or Concept Album

  • Creations; Michael R. Hicks; Michael R. Hicks
  • Eliza R. Snow's Greatest Hymns; Roger Hoffman; Roger Hoffman &Pete Petersen
  • Forward With Faith; Various Artists; Peter Breinholt &Jon Schmidt

Musical Presentation or Soundtrack

  • God's Army Motion Picture Soundtrack; Various Artists; Jeff Simpson, Richard Dutcher &Bob Ahlander
  • Joseph Smith The Seer; Kenneth Cope; Kenneth Cope
  • The Lamb of God Soundtrack &Passion of the Lamb Cantata; Kurt Bestor; Kurt Bestor &Kenny Hodges

Compilation Album (Album, Record Label)

  • As Temples Fill The Earth; Prime Recordings
  • Candlelight Christmas; Shadow Mountain
  • His Love; Shadow Mountain

Male Vocalist

  • George Dyer
  • Shane Jackman
  • Michael McLean

Female Vocalist

  • Cherie Call
  • Maren Ord
  • Tammy Robinson


  • Jenny Oaks Baker
  • Kurt Bestor
  • Sam Cardon


  • Colors (Ryan Merrill, Brian Tibbets &Russell Dixon)
  • Enoch Train (Clive Romney, Rich Dixon, Daron Bradford, Janice Anderson, Jay Lawrence, Rob Honey, Dave Compton, Tom Hewitson)
  • Fiddlesticks (Mark, Rebecca, Kathryn &Elizabeth Davis)

New Artist of the Year

  • Julia Davis Allen
  • George Dyer
  • Maren Ord

Producer of the Year

  • John Hancock
  • Greg Hansen
  • Clive Romney

Songwriter of the Year

  • Julie de Azevedo
  • Cherie Call
  • Tyler Castleton

Performing Artist of the Year

  • Julie de Azevedo
  • Kurt Bestor
  • Peter Breinholt
  • Colors

Orchestrator/Arranger of the Year

  • Kurt Bestor
  • Greg Hansen
  • Mack Wilberg

Studio Musician of the Year

  • Daron Bradford
  • Rich Dixon
  • Todd Sorensen

Engineer of the Year

  • Barry Gibbons
  • Glen Neibaur
  • Guy Randle

Best Album Design

  • Creations (Ricardo Rosas)
  • Heart Made of Wind ( Steven Hansen &Tyler Gourley)
  • Q'd Up ( David Storey &Associates)

Radio Show of the Year

  • Gary &Joy Lundberg (KSSR)
  • John Hair (KOSY 106.5)
  • Michael Webb (B98.7 KBEE)

Record Label of the Year

  • Highway Records
  • Shadow Mountain
  • Tantara


An Overview of the Faith Centered Music Association

Striving for Excellence in LDS Music, the Faith Centered Music Association unites musicians, industry leaders, and others who are interested in raising the quality and expanding the reach of uplifting and faith promoting music within the LDS community. This is accomplished primarily through the formal recognition of the annual PEARL Awards and through educational outreach efforts. The FCMA is a non-profit corporation governed by a seven-member Board of Directors.

Educational Outreach

Beginning in 2000 the FCMA and the BYU Music Department have hosted an annual weekend series of workshops geared towards young musicians. The workshops are held at BYU and are free to students and FCMA members. Some of the topics discussed during the two days of performances, panel discussions and lectures include: how to produce a demo; how to submit a demo; the artist-audience relationship; and performing community service. In previous years the FCMA has also participated in the Mormon Arts Festival and other community events.

PEARL Awards

A PEARL award honors excellence in faith-centered recorded music. It is an award of merit determined by a vote of peers-not by sales or chart positions.

The PEARL awards are presented annually by the Faith Centered Music Association (FCMA). At the gala awards show artists, industry leaders, and members of the FCMA, along with members of the community, will join to celebrate the best in faith-centered music and honor the efforts of those who have achieved excellence in their craft. Awards are presented by previous winners and other celebrities.

FCMA Membership Guidelines

Membership in the FCMA is divided into three categories: Voting Members, Professional Members (non-voting industry professionals) and Affiliate Members (who do not yet qualify in other categories, but wish to be involved).

Voting Membership is open to all who are interested in the objectives of the organization and who meet the following criteria:

  • The member must make a portion of their living as an artist, musician, writer, producer, engineer, or other industry professional.
  • The member must either
    • A) have credits on at least 4 commercially released albums (defined as an album available for sale that has 500 or more copies in circulation) or
    • B) have been voted a finalist in any category in any prior year.
  • The member must pay FCMA annual dues of $30 year and be a member in good standing.

Professional Membership is for individuals who are involved in the Music Recording industry by profession but do not fall into the "voting" membership category. In order to maintain professional membership status members must meet the following criteria:

  • The member must make the majority of their living as a recording industry professional, i.e. Music Attorney, Artist Management, Record Company Staff, Music Publisher, Public Relations, or other recording industry professional.
  • The member must pay FCMA annual dues of $30 year and be a member in good standing.

Affiliate Membership is for individuals who either (1) do not have the necessary credits for voting membership or (2) are simply interested in the goals and purposes of the FCMA and would like to be included in official mailings and directories. Affiliate Membership is open to all who are interested in the objectives of the organization. Annual dues for affiliate members are $15.

The Voting Process

The PEARL Awards consist of a three-round process: entering, nominating and final voting. Ballots for all rounds are tabulated by an independent accounting firm. The results of the final round of voting are not known until the PEARL Awards presentation ceremonies when the firm delivers the names of the winners in sealed envelopes.

Round 1:Submitting Entries FCMA voting and professional members are invited to enter recordings that they feel merit consideration for PEARL Awards.

These entries are screened for eligibility and approved by the FCMA Board of Directors (or assigned eligibility committee). A preponderance of an album must fit in its entered style or purpose. The FCMA board reserves the right to delete a category if it determines there is an insufficient number of eligible entries.

After review these entries comprise the year's Entry List. This list may contain many entries.

Round 2: Selecting Nominees FCMA voting members receive the Entry List (first-round ballot) for all categories. Members' votes will result in 3 nominations (or finalists) in each category. These finalists will be announced in May or June.

Round 3: Final Voting for Awards A final round of votes determines the actual PEARL winners. The final ballot lists the top three recipients of votes in each category. In certain award categories votes are cast by the FCMA voting members in conjunction with retail customers in LDSBA member stores. In other categories the FCMA voting membership solely determines the winner.


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