Multi-platinum, GRAMMY and AMA winning rock band Third Day received its 24th career GMA Dove Award last night. The band was recognized in the Pop/Contemporary Album category for its successful Revelation album (7/29/08). Presenting the award to Third Day was new Consuming Fire/Essential Records band, Revive, who was discovered by Third Day while on tour in Australia.
Third Day's Revelation also claimed the Recorded Music Packaging trophy. Tim Parker and Becka Blackburn were recognized for their contributions as Art Director/Graphic Designer and Art Director, respectively. Both are part of the Provident Label Group creative team.
Third Day, known for its moving live performances, was asked to perform its hit song, "Revelation," as part of the telecast. In addition, lead vocalist Mac Powell, appeared with the Blind Boys of Alabama for the show's closing segment. The 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards show was broadcast live on Gospel Music Channel from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.
The awards show capped off a busy week for the band who spent the prior evening on the stage of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as part of the Nashville4Africa benefit concert hosted by Big Kenny (Big & Rich) and Damien Horne with a lineup including Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Faith Hill, Jars of Clay, Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down), Ashley Cleveland, The SteelDrivers, Michael Rhodes, Brandon Young and The African Children's Choir.
The Nashville4Africa benefit concert took place during a short break in Third Day's spring "Revelation Tour" which kicked off last month and has already seen several dates sell out including: Macon, Ga.; Jonesboro, Ark.; Bossier City, La.; Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Corona, Calif.; Redding, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Modesto, Calif.; Abbotsford, BC; Green Bay, Wis. and Pittsburgh, Pa..
The tour, which also features GMA Dove Award winning Male Vocalist of the Year and recent double-GRAMMY nominee, Brandon Heath, and new pop/rock band, Revive, will conclude in Abbotsford, Canada on May 9.