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AWARDS NOMINATE FIRST-TIME NOMINEE FIREFLIGHT FOR ìARTIST OF THE YEARî Orlando-based Rock Band Soars with Four Total Noms
Posted February 20, 2009

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(Nashville, Tenn.) Feb. 20, 2009óNominations were announced today for the Gospel Music Associationís 40th Annual Dove Awards. Orlando-based rock band, Fireflight sent waves through the industry with its recognition in the prestigious category of Artist of the Year, a huge accomplishment for any artist, but even more for a modern rock band, and first-time Dove nominee. After eight years together as a band, these nominations cap off an overwhelmingly successful 2008, launched by the debut of its hit song, ìUnbreakable,î on the NBC network promos for ìBionic Woman.î Over the last 12 months, Fireflight has scored two No.1 singles at Christian Rock radio and was named Taco Bellís ìBest of the Beatî winner by the restaurantís fan-voted contest.

Fireflight was recognized in three additional categoriesó Unbreakable, the bandís second major label release, was nominated for Rock/Contemporary Album, and its two chart-topping Rock radio singles were recognized; ìUnbreakable,î the projectís title track and first single is up for Rock/Contemporary Song, and ìThe Hungerî received a nod in the Rock Recorded Song category. As the writers of these two nominated songs, the five individual band members are additionally honored with the opportunity to take home Dove statues for their writer contributions in these categories.

Lead singer Dawn Michele, reacted to the news from the inside of the bandís mini-bus. She said, ìTwo words, BLOWN AWAY! We are just so honored to be nominated for the first time, and we are completely floored to have been chosen in 4 categories, especially Artist of the Year! Weíre in great company, and really amped to represent ROCK this year in the Artist of the Year category.î She adds, ìWe thank God, He was our true source of strength for this album.î

John Styll, President of the Gospel Music Association, commented on Fireflightís outstanding showing in this yearís nominations. ìTo be included in the Artist of the Year category means they had to be overwhelmingly excellent. Itís
a testament to the bandís hard work this past year. Not only musically, but also connecting with and mobilizing its fans.î
For the first time, fans have an opportunity to vote for the winner of Artist of the Year along with New Artist of the Year. Fan voting, which will be conducted through the Gospel Music Channel website (www.gospelmusicchannel.com) and at www.doveawards.com, will open on Feb. 26, the same day online voting opens for GMA members. The cumulative fan vote, which will continue through the live Dove Awards broadcast, will account for one-third of the total vote in those two categories.
The bandís breakout sophomore album Unbreakable released in March 2008, at No. 10 on Billboardís Heatseekers chart, following NBCís feature of the title track in network TV promos for ìBionic Woman.î Along with stellar 5-star reviews, Unbreakable has garnered two No.1 rock singles with ìThe Hunger,î and the blockbuster title track, which held the top spot at Christian rock radio for 4 weeks. Fireflight was named Gospel Music Channelís first ìListen Upî Artist of the Month in April 2008. Fireflightís music has been heard on E! Entertainmentís ìStyle Networkî and in music-video reels at both American Eagle and Journeyís stores across the country. The band recently performed during the ìWinter X Games 13î in Aspen, Colo., on the Taco Bell stage. Fireflight is the recent winner of Taco Bellís inaugural ìFeed the Beatî fan-voted promotion.

Fireflight debuted nationally with 2006ís The Healing of Harms, producing two No. 1 rock singles with ìYou Decideî and ìWaiting.î For nearly a decade, the band has remained tireless road warriors on the concert circuit averaging 140 shows a year. Fireflight is: Dawn Michele, lead vocals; Justin Cox, guitar; Glenn Drennen, guitar; Wendy Drennen, bass; and Phee Shorb, drums.

Dove Awards will be handed out Thursday, April 23rd at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN and broadcast live nationwide on Gospel Music Channel. For more on Fireflight, please visit www.fireflightrock.com, www.myspace.com/fireflight or www.flickerrecords.com.

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For more information, contact: Print, TV, Talk Radio, contact: Alisha McArthur, 615/261-6330, alisha.mcarthur@pmgsonymusic.com.


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