A Night To Remember
Phew, it's been a whirlwind of a year. I can't believe it's May already...where did the first 4 months of 2011 go? I know this is long overdue, but I have to talk for a minute about the Dove Awards.
Whether you were able to watch the telecast on Easter Sunday or just heard the news on twitter, you know that it was a night full of surprises--the biggest surprise of all being my win for Artist of the Year. Literally, I was speechless. And the thing that most excited me and humbled me was knowing that YOU guys voted in that category. Yes, the industry still had a percentage of the vote, but you, the fans,
literally won that award for me, and I couldn't be more grateful and thrilled! So thank you everyone who texted or went online and cast your vote for me for Artist of the Year. I never in a million years expected to win against people like TobyMac and Chris Tomlin (I mean, are you kidding me?!), but it was you who made it possible. And that's amazing! A couple other highlights for me that night were performing in a tribute for the amazing Sandi Patty (whose songs my mom used to sing at church all the time when I was growing up) and then being handed the female vocalist of the year award from her onstage. Again, folks, speechless!
The first award that I was nominated for that night was in the pre-show (non-televised). I had just left the room where the pre-show was to go to the dressing room to feed Eli (my 7-month-old) when I got a text saying I had won the award for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year! We all screamed and it scared Eli, poor guy! But it was a cool moment, and a great time for me to realize that as wonderful as an award is, my priorities are with my family. I loved the visual imagery of that moment. My band and I performed "This Is The Stuff" at the Doves, and that was a really great experience.
Here's a little backstory... my parents are theatre people (which explains my nerdy obsession with Broadway musicals). Almost 30 years ago they performed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta (where the Doves where held this year for the first time) on the very same stage where I got to perform that night. How cool is that? I searched the halls backstage for a poster of the "King And I" (which was the show they were a part of...my mom starred opposite Yul Brynner!!! She's a legend to me!), but I couldn't find one. Still, it was an amazing feeling to be looking out onto the same seats that my mom looked out at 30 years prior to that special night. The biggest highlight, though, was probably when Steven Curtis Chapman handed me the Artist of the Year award. He could have given me the award for best outfit for all I care--just receiving an honor like that from someone I have admired and looked up to for so many years was utterly incredible. And I told him what a dream come true it was for me.
I hope this blog doesn't sound like I'm tooting my own horn, I just had to share with you a little bit of the excitement of the night and what it was like for me. Oh how could I leave this next part out?! We realized the night before the Doves that my dress wasn't altered correctly, and literally my mom, my best friend, and my manager and I woke up the morning of the show and drove to a local mall and bought an entire new ensemble--down to the earrings. I was nervous we wouldn't find anything I liked as much as my first dress, but the sequined dress turned out to be the perfect thing. But talk about "this is the stuff," huh?
Hopefully you feel like you got a glimpse of a night that I will always remember. And if you voted in the Artist of the Year category, thank you! I've always said I had the best fans in the world, and now everyone else knows it too! :)
Love you guys!
P.S. My buddy Chris August took home three awards too! SO proud of him!!!