ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Expanded For 2013

Inspirational Country Music Association's Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will be moving to a new venue this year and will feature awards in more categories.

Webster sent over these details: the event will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24, 2013; with the 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards taking place on October 24, 2013, at Two Rivers.

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards semi-finalists were released today, with the added categories of Mainstream Country Male, Mainstream Country Female, and Mainstream Country Group/Duo.

"At this time, more and more mainstream artists are releasing positive messaged songs that bring Faith, Family, and Country into their music and we felt it to be appropriate to recognize these artists for their efforts in bringing such a message to their audience," says Jason Higgins, ICM Executive Director.

The ballot, voted on by ICMA members, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad group of categories that include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo, musician, radio, radio station, film and television honors. Major artist semi-finalists for this year's awards include Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys, Thompson Square, among others. In addition, top name bluegrass artists Ricky Skaggs, Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, The Roys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more have made the semi-finals for the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year category.

There will be many events and activities throughout the week taking place in the immediate area, including the annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Talent Show, The Power Source #1 Party and Media Appreciation Luncheon, the annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more. The Inn at Opryland will serve as this year's host hotel and is centrally located to great food, shopping and downtown Nashville!

"I truly love Nashville and all the benefits it has to offer our attendees," adds Higgins. "We are excited about our expansion plans and look to making this year's events even better than ever!"

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