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Posted February 16, 2011

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(Nashville, Tenn.) February 16, 2011 ˝ Songwriter, recording artist and worship leader Matt Maher picked up a handful of nominations for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards today for his work on ýChrist Is Risenţ from his sophomore Essential Records release Alive Again, and his contribution to The Essential Christmas Collection.

The Newfoundland-born Maher gathered a nomination for Worship Song of the Year, and two nominations as both artist and songwriter in the Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year category. He is also recognized with a nomination in the Christmas Album of the Year category for his recording of ýSilent Nightţ on The Essential Christmas Collection.

Maher is currently on the road on The Rock & Worship Roadshow Tour with labelmates Jars of Clay, as well as MercyMe, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Afters and Lecrae. After that tour wraps in mid-March, Maher will be back on the road with Jars of Clay as part of The Shelter Tour, together with Derek Webb and Audrey Assad, running through May 7.

The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. on Wednesday, April 20th. The awards show will be televised on GMC at 8:00p.m. ET/delayed PT on Easter Sunday, April 24th

About the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards:
The GMA Dove Awards is Christian/Gospel musicÝs biggest night of the year, where top artists from every style of gospel music come together for a night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows the industry's highest honor -- the Dove Award.

The 42nd Annual Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. and televised nationwide on gmc (, Sunday, April 24, 2011 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST. gmc is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 47 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.

About Matt Maher:
Matt Maher ˝ worship leader, songwriter, singer and recording artist ˝ has taken his calling as a ýmusical missionaryţ to create a substantial impact on a national and global stage. An award-winning songwriter, Maher first gained notice as the writer of the internationally renowned modern-worship song, ýYour Grace Is Enough.ţ

Highly sought after for his poignant yet poetic writing style, Maher has recently had songs recorded by such artists as Chris Tomlin; Bethany Dillon; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Brenton Brown and others. In addition, MaherÝs songs have appeared in the top 10 ranked songs on the CCLI chart, marking their popularity in church worship services around the world.

Amid busy touring and writing schedules, Maher finds it important to serve alongside ministries including Life Teen and Adore Ministries, while still playing an active role with Oregon Catholic PressÝ Further, he serves as a regular host for Worship TogetherÝs ýNewsong Caf╚.ţ Maher, recently honored with a Praise Award as Worship LeaderÝs Breakout Artist of 2008, has been featured on the covers of Breakaway and Christian Single, performed live on ýFOX & Friends,ţ written for Billboard Magazine and is an active, bylined contributor to (, an interactive conversation on religion.

Matt's sophomore Alive Again solidly captures the penetrating spirit and charisma Maher has become known for in a live setting. Produced by Christopher Stevens (Delirious, tobyMac) and Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Shane & Shane), the 12-song studio project--with all compositions co-written by Maher--spotlights his addictive organic-pop sound melded with vulnerable and engaging lyrics. Alive Again is a soundtrack for believers in both personal times of worship and corporate moments on Sunday mornings.

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