The 2012 Dove Awards Song of the Year Nominees

The Dove Awards is a celebration of Christian music of all kinds, including contemporary, rock, hip hop, blue grass, urban, country, inspirational and southern gospel. This year's Dove Awards ceremony will be taking place on April 19, 2012 at Fox Theater in Atlanta.

During last year's Dove Awards, the song, Sometimes I Cry, performed by Jason Crabb took the honor for Song of the Year. Jason Crabb is once again in the running for Song of the Year with his song, Who Am I. This year, there are also four songs performed by female Christian artists. Last year, Francesca Battistelli's song, Beautiful Beautiful, was the only song nominated for Song of the Year performed by a female artist.

Laura Story's song, Blessings won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Will she also win the Dove Award for Song of the Year?

Here are the 2012 Dove Awards Song of the Year nominees:

The song Alive is about Mary Magdalene, a true follower of Christ.
The song Alive is about Mary Magdalene, a true follower of Christ. | Source
Alive (Mary Magdalene)
Alive (Mary Magdalene)

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Alive by Natalie Grant

Written by: Bernie Herms and Nichole Nordeman

From the Album: Music Inspired by The Story

Chorus:

Alive! Alive! Look what Mercy’s overcome;

Death has lost and Love has won
Alive! Alive! Hallelujah, Risen Lord,

the only One I fall before
I am His because He is alive.

The song Alive is one of several songs on a compilation album called THE STORY. Those in the Bible are brought to life as each song is attributed to someone in the Bible.

The song Alive is about Mary Magdalene, a woman who was transformed by Christ. She was devastated when Jesus died on the cross and she was the first one to appear at the empty tomb.

What a wonderful and amazing moment it must have been for Mary Magdalene to see that Jesus was Alive!

The song "Blessings" is a testament to God's mercy and grace in times of struggle and hardship.
The song "Blessings" is a testament to God's mercy and grace in times of struggle and hardship. | Source
Blessings
Blessings

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Blessings by Laura Story

Written by: Laura Story

From the Album: Blessings

Chorus:

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

The song Blessings is a true testament to what singer/songwriter Laura Story went through as a newlywed when her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

After the operation, her husband suffered vision and memory loss and had been kept alive by a breathing tube at one time.

Truly, the words "what if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise" is something that Laura Story not only wrote but lived.

The song "Celebrate Me Home" is a song about celebrating eternity.
The song "Celebrate Me Home" is a song about celebrating eternity. | Source

Celebrate Me Home by The Perrys

Written by: Joel Lindsey & Wayne Haun

From the Album: Blue Skies Coming

Chorus:

Celebrate me Home! Celebrate me there.

Celebrate me in that land of wonder

where nothing can compare.

Celebrate me in that place

Celebrate me saved by grace

Don't just sit and weep because I'm gone

Celebrate me home.

The song Celebrate Me Home is a song that creates a first-person account of a Christian who finds himself at the Gates of Heaven and then enters into eternity.

Instead of being a sad event for those left behind, it is to be a joyous occasion and one that is cause for celebration.


The song Glorious Day helps us to know that we have so much to look forward to.
The song Glorious Day helps us to know that we have so much to look forward to. | Source
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)

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Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) by Casting Crowns

Written by: Michael Bleecker and Mark Hall

From the Album: Until the Whole World Hears

Chorus:

Living He loved me,dying He saved me

And buried He carried my sins far away

Rising He justified freely forever

One day He's coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day

The song Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me), is actually a remake of the old hymn, "Oh Glorious Day" written by Rev. John Wilbur Chapman who lived from 1859-1918.

This song that was written over 100 years ago proves that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and that His message or His love for us will never change.

Everyone needs a hug at times and the song "Hold Me" reminds us that God is always there to hold us through all of life's ups and downs.
Everyone needs a hug at times and the song "Hold Me" reminds us that God is always there to hold us through all of life's ups and downs. | Source

Hold Me by Jamie Grace (Featuring tobyMac)

Written by: Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan, Christopher Steve

From the Album: One Song at a Time

Chorus:

Oh, I love the way You hold me, by my side You’ll always be

You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love the way You hold me, in Your arms I’ll always be

You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love You more than the words in my brain can express

I can’t imagine even loving You less
Lord, I love the way You hold me

The song, Hold Me, is co-written and performed by a new rising star in Christian music. This 19-year old has struggled with Tourette's syndrome and as a result began TS - Teens with Tourette's in order to create awareness.

Jamie says that she hopes people who listen to her music have a relationship with God but also that they know that no matter what, God is always there for them.

The song "I Smile" expresses that even though we may be going through some tough times, we can still smile knowing that God will bring us through.
The song "I Smile" expresses that even though we may be going through some tough times, we can still smile knowing that God will bring us through. | Source
I Smile
I Smile

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I Smile by Kirk Franklin

Written by: Kirk Franklin, James Harris, Terry Lewis, Frederic

From the Album: No Fear

Chorus:

I smile, even though I'm hurt see I smile,
I know God is working so I smile,

Even though I've been here for a while
I smile, smile

It's so hard to look up when you've been down.

Sure would hate to see you give up now
You look so much better when you smile.

The song I Smile is Kirk Franklin's dedication to those who have been struggling through tough economic situation this country has been facing.

In the intro to the song Kirk Franklin says, "I dedicate this song to recession, depression and unemployment. This song’s for you."

The song I've Been Here Before reminds us we can always have victory with God.
The song I've Been Here Before reminds us we can always have victory with God. | Source
I've Been Here Before
I've Been Here Before

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I've Been Here Before by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Written by: Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun

From the Album: Here We Are Again

Chorus:

I've been here before

And I'll be just fine

I've been here before, time after time

God steps into the fight and settles the score

So it is shown, I don't fight alone

I've been here before

The song I've Been Here Beforee is a song that shows God will always be there for us in any situation, no matter how many times we find ourselves fighting the same battles or trying to overcome the same challenges.

Ernie Haase says of their music, "As we travel, it just re-enforces to us that we live in a hurting world. A world that needs Jesus more desperately than ever. And I can honestly say that that's why we're here. We want to impact that world for our Savior"

The song Forgive Me reminds us of the importance of asking God for His forgiveness.
The song Forgive Me reminds us of the importance of asking God for His forgiveness. | Source
Please Forgive Me
Please Forgive Me

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Please Forgive Me by the Gaither Vocal Band

Written by: Gerald Crabb

From the Album: Greatly Blessed

Chorus:

Forgive me, I'm so sorry

I love you, I always will

This hole in my heart Lord,

only You can fill

Forgive me,

please take me home.

The song, Please Forgive Me is one of many beautiful songs on this album, the first one produced by the collaboration of Bill Gaither, Michael English, Wes Hampton, Mark Lowry and David Phelps who came together to create an album in January 2009.

This particular song truly reminds us of all Jesus has done and that when we let Him down, all we have to do is come to him and ask for His forgiveness.

The song Who Am I makes us wonder why God would do so much for us.
The song Who Am I makes us wonder why God would do so much for us. | Source
Who Am I (With Sonya Isaacs Yeary And Becky Isaacs Bowman)
Who Am I (With Sonya Isaacs Yeary And Becky Isaacs Bowman)

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Who Am I by Jason Crabb

Written by: Rusty Goodman

From the Album: The Song Lives On

Chorus:

Who am I that the King would bleed and die for?

Who am I that He would pray, not my will, Thy Lord?

The answer I may never know,

why he ever loved me so

But to an old rugged cross He'd go for, who am I?

The song Who Am I is one of eight Dove Award nominations for Jason Crabb. The Southern Gospel singer says, "I'm just blown away." All of the songs on his album, The Song Lives On is a tribute to the little country church in which he grew up. "This album is something really close to my heart," he says.

Jason Crabb performs Who Am I with Sonya Issacs Yeary and Becky Isaacs Bowman.

The song "Your Great Name" exalts the name of Jesus.
The song "Your Great Name" exalts the name of Jesus. | Source

Your Great Name by Natalie Grant

Written by: Krissy Nordhoff and Michael Neale

From the Album: Love Revolution

Chorus:

Jesus, worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us,

Son of God and Man

You are high and lifted up,

and all the world will praise Your great name

The song Your Great Name has the potential to be one of the greatest worship songs ever written. Natalie Grant says that one of the reasons she really loves this song is because of its message that nothing matters more than Jesus.

Natalie says, "What’s important to remember is that we can’t get to God except through His Son, Jesus. It’s so exciting to sing a song which proclaims the name of Jesus. God is great, but there aren’t a lot of songs that really proclaim the name of Jesus."

What's Your Choice for Song of the Year?

  • Alive
  • Blessings
  • Celebrate Me Home
  • Glorious Day
  • Hold Me
  • I Smile
  • I've Been Here Before
  • Please Forgive Me
  • Who Am I
  • Your Great Name
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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Hi Cari

It's the first time I have heard of Dove Awards. Thanks for sharing lots of beautiful songs.


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Cari Jean 4 years ago from Bismarck, ND Author

Lady_E thanks so much for your comment! So glad you stopped by and learned about the Dove Awards!


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Samantha Gold 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.


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Cari Jean 4 years ago from Bismarck, ND Author

Samantha Gold - thanks so much for stopping by!


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Thank you for putting this hub together with outstanding Christian music. You have done a super job with organization. I will try to watch the awards for the first time. Hope your life is going well as we meet again in our hubs. I surely do remember you. You have a very unique name. Take care.


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Cari Jean 4 years ago from Bismarck, ND Author

brakel2 - I remember you as well. Thanks so much for your comment. I hope to watch the Dove Awards as well, I would love to see "Your Great Name" get song of the year.

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