Aw Shucks

CMCentral (That’s Christian Music Central) has declared this here blog of mine the #1 Artist Blog of 2008.  This is quite a bit more meaningful than CMCentral may realize. You see, I’m the Susan Lucci of Christian Music, having been nominated for 7 – count ‘em, 7 Dove Awards – and never given the bird…I mean, the Dove.

But I’ve had my speech written since the first nominations in 2001.  Now’s probably the best and only time I’ll have to use that so here it goes…


Thank you. It’s an honor to be nominated alongside Zoe Girl, Sara Groves (no relation), Joy Williams and Downhere tonight for New Artist of the Year.  And this is a very important award. It’s the only one Mercy Me isn’t nominated for.  (pause for laughter) But also, if one day the inconceivable happens and my record label goes under and radio stations stop playing my music and retailers don’t recognize me when I come into their stores to shop for a Christmas present – if one dark day all that happens, at least I’ll have this award to prove that Jesus loves me and so do a lot of people currently employed by my publisher, distributor and record label.  So thank you. Thank you very much.

On second thought, this really isn’t so much an award as a list so I take all that speech stuff back.  I simply want to say thank you.  It’s an honor to be listed.  And quite unexpected to be #1.  Thanks, guys. Seriously, thank you.