Verity Gospel Music Group landed a total of five nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Fred Hammond’s catchy single “I Feel Good” was nominated for Best Gospel Song, and Hammond was also nominated for Best Gospel Song (along with co-writers James Fortune & FIYA and Monica)– for “Hold On.”

Marvin Sapp’s I WIN was nominated for Best Gospel Album, and his heartfelt single “My Testimony” was nominated for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Gospel Song.

Fred Hammond’s GOD, LOVE & ROMANCE debuted #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart and #8 on the Billboard Top-200. It was his 7th consecutive #1 Gospel album debut, and his highest debut ever in the Top-200. The debut single “I Feel Good” peaked at #1 at Gospel radio. Hammond has been a Gospel music arbiter for three amazing decades and has consistently pushed the genre into new melodic territory. The Detroit native ascended from bass-playing sideman for The Winans; to founding member of the trendsetting sextet Commissioned; to creating the further renowned ensemble Radical for Christ, to becoming a highly influential solo artist and producer in his own right. He is a multiple Stellar and Dove Award winner and his 2006 CD Free to Worship netted him his first Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.

Marvin Sapp’s I WIN also debuted #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart. The CD debuted #9 on the Billboard Top-200 and its accompanying live recording DVD debuted at #2 on the Christian Music Video chart. The debut single “My Testimony” peaked at #1 at Gospel radio. A multiple Stellar and Dove Award winner, Sapp is Senior Pastor and founder of Lighthouse Full Life Center in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also a former member of the group Commissioned; he was recruited by Hammond to join the ensemble before launching his solo career.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air live on CBS from the Staples Center on February 10, 2013.

Comments for this News article

I am applauding the efforts of our pioneers in Gospel for the enormous presence they are making in the industry, the business, and the success it brings to the Church and the world at large,,, We are a prosperous people thanks to the likes of my favorite artist Mr. Fred "The Man" Hammond... and the sophisticated Dr. and Pastor Marvin L. Sapp... Aspiring artist such as my self keep a firm grip on the ever increasing expectations of a demanding industry and appreciate what Gospel today is orchestrating for gospel tomorrow... All of this is well deserving. The gospel must be heard, seen, and recieved and you all are making that possible. Verity you are gospels leading label and someday I too hope to make an astronamical difference by having the priviledge to be employed by such a prosperous network of people... You keep gospel large and we love you for making the gospel message accessible to the world... Again, to Mr. Hammond, and Pastor Sapp you have my sincerest Congratulations....

Elder Jeremaine L. King
RORAC Ministries
Kalamazoo, MI