media collective SKILLET AND DISCIPLE GMA DOVE AWARDS update:
SKILLET AND DISCIPLE ROCK THE 2008 GMA DOVE AWARDS
Receive First Dove Wins
Nashville, Tenn. … April 24,
2008 … Atlantic/Ardent/INO artist Skillet and INO Record's Disciple are celebrating rock wins at last night's 39th annual
GMA Dove Awards with each bringing home their first career statues.
After 16 nominations, Skillet won "Rock Recorded
Song of the Year" for "Comatose" written by John Cooper and Brian Howes from their 2006 release of the same name. "The GMA
Award show was absolutely awesome! It made me feel even more proud to be a part of the Christian music industry. Winning
the Dove was an unexpected highlight of the night, second only to saying 'Hi' to Amy Grant and giving her a high five," says
Skillet front man John Cooper. Skillet is currently headlining their COMATOSE tour and selling out numerous venues across
the country, recently including New York City's Grand Ballroom.
Disciple took top honors in the "Rock Album
of the Year" category for their sophomore project "Scars Remain" (2006). With seven nominations to the band's name, lead singer
Kevin Young is pumped about their first win saying "We are all so very happy and honored to have won the Dove Award for 'Rock
Album of the Year' with 'Scars Remain.' This was our eighth nomination and our first win. Over the years I always would
get butterflies every time our category would come up , but would always hear someone else's name called every time until
last night. So needless to say, I was truly shocked. We are so thankful to God for using our music, and to the Gospel
Music Association for recognizing us." Currently on the "Cross the Line" tour with Superchick, the band is also working on
a new project set to release this fall.
Skillet's explosive 2006 Lava/Atlantic/Ardent/INO Records GRAMMY-nominated
release, Comatose follows 2004's Collide, which launched the group into the public eye and garnered the band their first prestigious
Grammy nomination. A critical fave, Comatose has become their best-selling project to date, doubling the sales of Collide
in half the time. In follow up to packed out headline club shows, a tour with Flyleaf, and summer festivals Skillet spent
last fall opening for mainstream rockers Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace. In the process of becoming one of the
hardest working, most rocking, and broadly appealing acts of its generation, radio welcomed Comatose with open arms, as the
first single, "Rebirthing" spent seven-weeks at No.1 on Christian Rock. Their second single, "The Last Night," also took the
top spot, this time at both Rock and CHR (CRW/R&R), while their latest singles, "The Older I Get" (CHR/Rock) and "Comatose"
have become their third and fourth consecutive No. 1 singles. At the end of 2007 the band was lauded with R&R's No. 1
Christian CHR Song of the Year for "The Last Night", which was also R&R's No. 2 Christian Rock song of the year. In
addition, Skillet was named 2007's No. 2 top artist on both the CHR and ROCK year end lists. For more information go to www.skillet.com
and www.myspace.com/skilletmusic .