Shure endorsers took top honors at this year’s 36th Annual GMA Music Awards held on April 13, 2005, with San Diego, Calif.–based Switchfoot named Artist of the Year and Kentucky’s Crabb Family recognized for their album Driven.
“Having our artist endorsers win big at the GMA Music Awards is an exciting moment for Shure as well as the rest of the industry,” said Ryan Smith of Shure artist relations Nashville. “The diversity and talent of these acts says a lot about the wide scope of expression we’re finding in gospel music today.”
Over 40 different artists received one or more of the GMA’s dove statuette Dove Awards at the ceremonies, which were held at the Grand Ole Opry House. Released on July 13, 2004, The Crabb Family’s Driven won in the following categories: Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (“He Came Looking for Me”); Country Recorded Song of the Year (“Forever”); Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (“Through the Fire”); and Southern Gospel Album of the Year.
“The Crabb Family has used Shure for the last couple of years and wow, it has made the live concert experience awesome for the singers,” said lead singer Jason Crabb. “We depend on the gear and know it will serve us in any situation.”
On an equally impressive note, Switchfoot also scored large with “Dare You to Move” (Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year), “Switchfoot Live in San Diego” (Long Form Music Video of the Year), and with its “Dare You to Move” video (Short Form Music Video of the Year).
Onstage, Shure ULXP/Beta 87C wireless systems were featured as the frontline choice for a majority of the evening’s live vocals, while a host of classic hardwired selections from the Shure catalog performed a number of other tasks, and Shure PSM 700s provided personal monitoring.
GMA production manager Denny Keitzman of Strait Gate Productions (Nashville, Tenn.) says that, “As the production manager of the 36th Annual GMA Music Awards, I know how important it is to be positive that we’re presenting the absolute best audio. That’s why I insisted on an all-Shure microphone package.”