The Grizzly Awards Launch Voting for Inaugural Awards
Let me start by asking you a question; is Christian Rock dead?
For years now everyone’s been proclaiming just that, that “Christian rock is dead,” and with Christian radio stations and Award Shows moving away from it all to actively target the richer ‘soccer mom Becky’, and now even further away to worship, you may be mistaken to agree with that. One by one great Christian rock bands dropped off the map at an alarming rate, either by changing their sound for radio or by hanging up their mics and instruments because there just wasn’t the financial support to keep it all going. Even the Billboard Christian rock chart fell by the wayside.
While there are still some radio stations exclusively supporting Christian rock like ChristianRock.net, CR20, and Solid Rock Radio, the majority don’t. Aside from the odd token gesture, all of the major Christian award shows don’t either. Nor do the major Christian tours. Their presence on the big Christian sites is minimal compared to the other “over marketed” genres. You get the picture!
On the surface it would certainly appear as though Christian rock is indeed dead…or is it?
No, not at all. It’s alive and roaring! You can take the money and suits out of Christian rock, but you can’t take our passion!
The last few years have seen somewhat of a resurgence of real, no holds barred, all out Christian rock releases, The City Rockfest tour continues to grow in popularity, Rockfest Records (and Radio) was founded by Seventh Day Slumber’s Joseph Rojas, Christian rock fans’ frustrations have turned into action with plenty of band vehicle breakdowns being financially covered, coverage of Christian rock & metal on news sites has soared with Mary Nikkel’s influence at NewReleaseToday and then the arrival of her passion project Rock on Purpose, the return of Indie Vision Music and, of course, ourselves along with some others. The Pure Rock report, a collaboration between BigBigHit’s Rick Welke and Rock On Purpose’s Mark Nikkel, has even just relaunched at the start of this year.
And now The Grizzly Awards have arrived.
For far too long the passionate Christian Rock community hasn’t had an official voice in the industry to recognize and award its talent. But it has one now.
With one Facebook status from As We Ascend’s Justin Forshaw in October 2018 it started, with Rock On Purpose’s founder and former NRT Associate Editor Mary Nikkel, ATD Media’s Joel Burris and “Mothership” and Banana pudding connoisseur herself Cindy Blankenship quickly joining forces to turn an idea into reality.
2019 kicked off with the launch of the name The Grizzly Awards and closed with the formation of a panel of industry experts coming together to carefully review all of 2019’s releases and active performers to compile the list of nominations for the inaugural Grizzly Awards.
It was our pleasure to be invited to be part of that panel and it’s now our pleasure to kick 2020 off by saying “VOTING IS NOW OPEN”! The list of categories and nominations, as well as the link to place your votes, are below.
Album of the Year: Metal/Metalcore Peace, War (Demon Hunter) Void (War of Ages) Eclipse (Wolves at the Gate) Dawn of Destruction (The Persuaded) Voices (Death Therapy)
Album of the Year: Modern Rock Tension (Random Hero) Love Letter Kill Shot (Disciple) Victorious (Skillet) Closer to Chaos (Seventh Day Slumber) Heart Attack (Relent)
Album of the Year: Alternative Rock Native Tongue (Switchfoot) Liquid Exorcist (Rusty Shipp) Supernatural (Paradise Now) Strong & Brave (Adelaide) For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming (Comrades)
Song of the Year: Metal/Metalcore “On My Side” (Demon Hunter) “It’s Okay” (Death Therapy) “The Cure” (Wolves At The Gate) “Like Poison” (Righteous Vendetta ft. Trevor McNevan) “Mr. Creeps” (Glasslands)
Song of the Year: Modern Rock “Legendary” (Skillet) “Panic Room” (Disciple) “Tension” (Random Hero) “My Declaration” (Bayless) “In Your Wake” (Relentless Flood)
Song of the Year: Alternative Rock “Native Tongue” (Switchfoot) “Breaking Waves” (Rusty Shipp) “Powerless” (The Midnight Wedding) “Love Will Win” (Paralandra) “Light Shine In” (Wilder Woods)
Music Video of the Year “Tension” (Random Hero) “The Evening Hate” (Red) “Too Late” (Amongst the Giants) “Set Me Free” (Relentless Flood) “Your Gun My Knife” (Zahna)
Lyric Video of the Year “Panic Room” (Disciple) “Alive Again” (Seventh Day Slumber) “No More Suffering” (Bayless) “Save Me” (Skillet) “Everything is Fine” (Fight the Fade)
Best Rock Radio Station/Show (Non-voting category; all nominees will be honored) Solid Rock Radio ChristianRock.net Backstage with Stevie B on 107.1 KOUJ Some Sort of Rock Show with John Staffieri Rockfest Radio Tatro At Night (KGNZ)
Best Vocalist Kevin Young (Disciple) Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) Laura Respondek (Adelaide) Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter) Zene Smith (Fight the Fade)
Best Songwriter Josiah Prince Rob Graves Kellen McGregor Chris Greenwood (Manafest) Korey Cooper
Best Guitarist Andrew Stanton (Disciple) Marco Pera (Amongst the Giants/Seventh Day Slumber) Anthony Armstrong (RED) Weston Evans CJ English (GFM)
Best Bass Player Jason Wisdom (Death Therapy) Ken Reed (Seventh Day Slumber) Rob “Los” McDonough (Random Hero) Joe Vargas (The Persuaded) Randy Armstrong (RED)
Best Drummer Joey West (Disciple) Abishai Collingsworth (Wolves at the Gate) Patrick Madsen (Random Hero/Zahna) Blaise Rojas (Seventh Day Slumber/Amongst the Giants) TD Benton (White Collar Sideshow)
Best Album Art Design War, Peace (Demon Hunter) Void (War of Ages) Love Letter Kill Shot (Disciple) Native Tongue (Switchfoot) Closer To Chaos (Seventh Day Slumber)
Best International Band (Outside of the U.S.) Paradise Now Blindside Amongst Wolves Signum Regis All Above Me
Producer of the Year Josiah Prince Kellen McGregor Jake Jones Jeremy Holderfield Travis Wyrick
Legacy Award (Bands Who Released Albums in 1999) Switchfoot Audio Adrenaline P.O.D. Bleach Disciple
Voting will close February 28th so get your votes in now! You can see a full list of nominees in a different format in this special Grizzly Awards YouTube playlist.
Here’s to you Christian Rock fans! So throw up those Rawkfists, join us on the Frontlines, share this news (and all of our forthcoming posts) far and wide and let the Grizzly Christian Rock Revolution officially begin!!
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