Top 10 Nominees Announced For The 2023 Singing News Fan Awards

Through the annual Singing News Fan Awards, established in 1970, Gospel music fans have the opportunity to vote every year for their favorite Southern Gospel artists, musicians, songwriters, songs, albums and more in 20 categories.

This year’s winners will be announced at the Singing News Fan Awards presentation, which will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023, during the 66th annual National Quartet Convention, held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Voting in the 2023 Singing News Fan Awards is open to subscribers of Singing News Magazine and SingingNewsTV. The ballot for the Top 10 will appear in the May issue of Singing News. Online voting will begin on April 25, 2023.

The ballot for the Top 10 will appear in the May issue of Singing News.

Online voting will begin on April 25, 2023.


Here are the Top 10 Nominees for 2023:


Favorite Quartet

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gold City
Kingdom Heirs
Mark Trammell Qt
The Old Paths
Tribute Qt
Triumphant Qt


Favorite Duet

Blake & Jenna Bolerjack
Jeff & Sue Duffield
Jim & Melissa Brady
Josh & Ashley Franks
Reggie & Ladye Love Smith
Zane & Donna King

(Only 9 artists are included in this category.)


Favorite Mixed Group

Collingsworth Family
Endless Highway
Karen Peck & New River
Mylon Hayes Family


Favorite Soloist

David Phelps
Guy Penrod
Ivan Parker
Jason Crabb
Jonathan Wilburn
Joseph Habedank
Lauren Talley
Mark Bishop
Mark Lowry
Michael Combs


Favorite Trio

11th Hour
Booth Brothers
Brian Free & Assurance
Greater Vision
Jeff & Sheri Easter
McKamey Legacy
The Sound


Favorite Young Artist

Cayden Howell             Down East Boys
Drew Laney             Kingsmen
Emily Ann Roberts
Ethan Whisnant             Whisnants
Isaac Moore             Inspirations
Jacob Mills             The Sound
Katie Erwin Headrick Erwins
Kennedy Hayes             Mylon Hayes Family
Olivia Aichholz             Collingsworth Family
Trevor Conkle             Mark Trammell Qt


Favorite Soprano

Amber Eppinette Saunders 11th Hour
Amber Nelon Kistler Nelons
Brooklyn Blair Collingsworth Family
Karen Peck Gooch Karen Peck & New River
Katie Erwin Headrick Erwins
Kennedy Hayes Mylon Hayes Family
Kim Hopper Hoppers
Melissa Brady Jim & Melissa Brady
Melissa Kemper Chuck Wagon Gang
Sonya Isaacs Yeary Isaacs


Favorite Tenor

Brian Free Brian Free & Assurance
Chris Allman Greater Vision
Chris Jenkins Gold City
David Sutton Triumphant Qt
Ernie Haase Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gus Gaches Tribute Qt
Isaac Moore Inspirations
Jacob Ellison Kingdom Heirs
Michael Booth Booth Brothers
Steve Ladd The Old Paths


Favorite Lead

Bill Shivers Brian Free & Assurance
Clayton Inman Triumphant Qt
Gary Casto Tribute Qt
John Darin Rowsey Guardians
Loren Harris Kingdom Heirs
Nick Trammell Mark Trammell Qt
Rodney Griffin Greater Vision
Roland Kesterson Inspirations
Scott Fowler Legacy Five
Tim Rackley The Old Paths


Favorite Band

Carolina The Band
Dixie Echoes
Gaither Vocal Band
High Road
Jeff & Sheri Easter
Kingdom Heirs
Primitive Qt
The Sound


Favorite Baritone

Alan Kendall Kingsmen
Andy Stringfield Kingdom Heirs
Daniel Riley Gold City
Jim Brady Booth Brothers
Jon Epley Greater Vision
Josh Singletary Tribute Qt
Luke Vaught Inspirations
Mark Trammell Mark Trammell Qt
Scott Mullins Guardians
Scotty Inman Triumphant Qt


Favorite Songwriter

Jim Brady
John Darin Rowsey
Joseph Habedank
Karen Peck Gooch
Kenna Turner West
Lee Black
Mark Bishop
Rodney Griffin
Scotty Inman
Wayne Haun


Favorite Bass

Alex Utech Down East Boys
Eric Bennett Triumphant Qt
Ian Owens Tribute Qt
Jeff Chapman Kingdom Heirs
Matt Fouch Legacy Five
Pat Barker Guardians
Paul Harkey Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Ray Dean Reese Kingsmen
Will Lane Mark Trammell Qt
Wyatt Austin Inspirations


Favorite Album

A Pioneer Legacy Inspirations
Always Grace             Tribute Qt
Come On In Guardians
God Is Real The Sound
Hymns & Worship Triumphant Qt
Meet Me At The Cross Brian Free & Assurance
Music To Your Ears The Old Paths
Speak Jesus Booth Brothers
Steady & Sure Mylon Hayes Family
Think About There Greater Vision


Favorite Alto

Becky Isaacs Bowman Isaacs
Connie Hopper Hoppers
Courtney Metz Collingsworth Family
Kari Gooch Karen Peck & New River
Kelly Nelon Clark Nelons
Libbi Perry Stuffle Perrys
Sheri Easter Jeff & Sheri Easter
Susan Peck Jackson Karen Peck & New River
Susan Whisnant Whisnants
Wendy Hayes Mylon Hayes Family


Favorite Song

“All The Praise” LeFevre Qt
“Glorious Appearing” Hoppers
“Goodness Of God” Triumphant Qt
“I Have God To Thank For Everything” Inspirations
“Liar Liar” Brian Free & Assurance
“Not For Long” Guardians
“Older People” Greater Vision
“Room Full Of Stories” Booth Brothers
“Scars In Heaven” Nelons
“The Keepers” Karen Peck & New River


Favorite Musician

Andy Stringfield Kingdom Heirs
Ben Isaacs Isaacs
Gerald Wolfe Greater Vision
Gordon Mote
Josh Singletary Tribute Qt
Kevin Williams Gaither Vocal Band
Kim Collingsworth Collingsworth Family
Luke Vaught Inspirations
Sonya Isaacs Yeary Isaacs
Trevor Conkle Mark Trammell Qt


The Paul Heil Award

Danny Jones
Dave Taylor
Joseph Reed
Joy FM (Winston-Salem, NC)
Les Butler
Rodney Baucom
Singing News Radio
Troy Peach
WJBZ (Knoxville, TN)


Favorite New Artist

Billy Walker
Fields Of Grace
Jessica Ingram
Justified Qt
Kenna Turner West
Mark Dubbeld Family
Sound Street
The Sound

(Due to a tie in votes, there are 11 artists in this category.)


Favorite Artist

Brian Free & Assurance
Collingsworth Family
Greater Vision
Joseph Habedank
Karen Peck & New River
Kingdom Heirs
Mark Trammell Qt
Tribute Qt
Triumphant Qt

(Due to a tie in votes, there are 11 artists in this category.)