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The Dove Awards first award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year was handed out in 1976 and the first award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year was given in 1989. Karen Peck and New River The Harper Agency Karen Peck started singing professionally in 1981 with The Nelons. She remained with the group for 10 years before she felt like God was calling her to take the next step in her musical journey. Karen Peck and New River was born when she and her husband, Rickey, teamed up with her sister, Susan, to form a group. Karen Peck and New River Members: Karen Peck GoochSusan Peck JacksonRicky Braddy Karen Peck and New River Starter Songs: "Christian In The House" Tribute Quartet Tribute Quartet The Tribute Quartet formed in 2006, and within two years, had been named the "Horizon Group of the Year" at the National Quartet Convention. With a purpose of "preserving the heritage and promoting the future of Southern Gospel music," these four men bring the sounds of yesterday to life while providing a glimpse into the songs of tomorrow. Tribute Quartet Members: Gary CastoJosh SingletaryRiley Harrison ClarkAnthony Davis Tribute Quartet Starter Songs: "Homecoming Day" The Ball Brothers The Ball Brothers Andrew and Daniel Ball, their brother-in-law Chad McCloskey, and Matt Davis form the group called The Ball Brothers. The brothers grew up in central Illinois and were singing at early ages. The band was introduced to the Southern Gospel world in 2006 on the Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Summer Tour. In 2010, they were nominated as the Horizon Group of the Year by the Singing News, and their CD, Breakthrough, was nominated for album of the year by the Southern Gospel News. The Ball Brothers Members: Andrew BallDaniel BallChad McCloskeyMatt Davis Past members include Stephen Ball (who left the group in 2012 due to major hearing loss), Andy Tharp, Cody McVey, Joshua Ball, and Joshua Gibson. The Ball Brothers Starter Songs: "Look to the Cross""Even Unto The End" Greater Vision Greater Vision. Daywind Records The trio known as Greater Vision has been touching audiences around the world since 1990. With over 200 performances a year and 30+ releases, they have become the most awarded trio in the history of Gospel music with awards for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Artist of the Year. Greater Vision Members: Chris Allman (Tenor)Rodney Griffin (Baritone)Gerald Wolfe (Lead) The Hoppers The Hoppers. Spring Hill Music Group The Hoppers got their start in 1957 when brothers Claude, Will, Steve, Paul, and Monroe Hopper started singing. They went on to become The Hopper Brothers and Connie, and before long, Claude and Connie were man and wife. The Hoppers Members: Claude HopperConnie HopperDean HopperKim HopperMichael HopperKarlye Hopper The Hoppers Starter Songs: "When He Comes Down""This Is It" Booth Brothers Booth Brothers. Booth Brothers Brothers Ronnie and Michael Booth started singing with their dad, Ron Sr., in 1990. When he retired in 1998, the boys carried on the tradition with Jim Brady. The trio has been winning awards ever since, including Trio of the Year, Male Group of the Year, Best Live Performer of the Year and Song of the Year. Booth Brothers Members: Ronnie BoothMichael BoothPaul Lancaster Former members include Charles Booth, James Booth, Wallace Booth, Ron Booth, sr., Joseph Smith, and Jim Brady. Booth Brothers Starter Songs: "Yesterday's Battles""Still Feelin' Fine" Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound In Europe, people refer to Ernie Haase & Signature Sound as "Ambassadors of Joy" because their message of hope and joy comes through every note of their performances. In the US, they're known as Dove Award winners and a favorite group in Southern Gospel circles. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Members: Ernie Haase (Tenor)Devin McGlamery (Lead)Dustin Doyle (Baritone)Paul Harkey (Bass)Tyler Vestal (Piano) The past members of Ernie Haase & Signature include Tim Duncan, Ian Owens, Wayne Haun, Gordon Mote, Garry Jones, Wesley Pritchard, Roy Webb, Shane Dunlap, Doug Anderson, and Ryan Seaton. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Starter Songs: "Right Place, Right Time""He Made A Change" (Live Version) Gaither Vocal Band Gaither Vocal Band. Gaither Music The Gaither Vocal Band, led by the legendary Bill Gaither, started up backstage before a Bill Gaither Trio concert in the early 1980s with just four guys singing around a piano. They sounded so good that Bill decided they should see what the audience thought. They went on stage and the rest, as they say, is history. Gaither Vocal Band Members: Bill GaitherDavid PhelpsWes HamptonAdam CrabbTodd Suttles The Gaither Vocal Band has had many other members throughout the years: Buddy MullinsGary McSpaddenGuy PenrodJim MurrayJon MohrJonathan PierceLarnelle HarrisLee YoungLemuel MillerMark LowryMarshall HallMichael EnglishRuss TaffSteve GreenTerry Franklin Gaither Vocal Band Starter Songs: "I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary""There Is A River" Gold City Beckie Simmons Agency Since 1980, Gold City has been wowing fans and winning awards. They're based out of Gadsden, Alabama. Gold City Band Members: Bryan Elliott (Pianist)Chris WestDaniel Riley (Baritone)Scott BrandThomas Nalley Tim Riley, Jerry Pelfrey and Robert Fulton were previous members of Gold City. The Collingsworth Family The Collingsworth Family. The Collingsworth Family The Collingsworth Family got their start at a church camp in Petersburg, Michigan, in 1986. In 2000, they shifted to a new, all-concert ministry. The Collingsworth Family Members: Phil CollingsworthKim CollingsworthBrooklyn CollingsworthCourtney CollingsworthPhillip CollingsworthOlivia Collingsworth The Collingsworth Family Starter Songs: "Within The Reach Of A Prayer""My Favorite Things" The Freemans The Freemans For the past 30+ years, members of The Freemans have been involved in Southern Gospel music. From Darrell's time with the Pathways to Chris's time with the Hinsons, as individuals, they've learned every aspect of the industry. As The Freemans, they've spent 20 years ministering to fans. The Freemans Members: Chris Freeman (Vocals)Darrell Freeman (Vocals/Bass)Joe Freeman (Vocals/Piano)Misty Freeman (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)Caylon Freeman (Drums) Kingsmen Quartet (The Kingsmen) The Kingsmen 2014. The Kingsmen Since 1956, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame group, Kingsmen Quartet, has been celebrating Jesus through music. Known as the Carolina Boys for three years in the early 2000s, the group has been home to many of the genre's legends and has won countless awards and accolades. Kingsmen Quartet Members: Ray Reese (Bass)Josh Horrell (Tenor)Randy Crawford (Baritone)Bob Sellers (Lead)Brandon Reese (Sound Technician) See Wikipedia for a full list of past members in the band Kingsmen Quartet, organized by year since 1956. Kingsmen Quartet Starter Songs: "He's A Good, Good God""Jesus Has His Hand On Me""Loving Shepherd, Gracious God"