Birdsong and Lilly will receive recognition for their contributions to the Gospel music industry
St. John’s, Antigua – James C. Birdsong, Jr., a member of the renowned Birdsong family and award-winning figure in gospel music, and Lillian Lilly, the longtime principal vocalist of the world-renowned GRAMMY®-Award-nominated Mississippi Mass Choir, are among nine honorees for the 7th Annual Antigua Barbuda Gospel Media & Media Awards (ABGMA) on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Kentish Pentecostal Church in St. John’s, Antigua of the West Indies during an invitation-only event.
Birdsong will receive the Impact Award of Honor for his leadership skills, mentoring abilities among today’s youth and aspiring artists to become successful in the Gospel music industry, and other contributions. With more than 35 awards, interviews on multiple television, radio, and print platforms across the country and abroad, he plans to pursue his longtime dream of being a national recording artist, songwriter, and record label owner.
Birdsong and Lilly will receive their recognition at the Legacy Ball & Media Awards on October 22. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, they will not be in attendance. Their acceptance speeches will be given by video during a live broadcast of the ceremony.
A legend, icon, and trailblazer in gospel music, Lilly will receive the Legacy Award for more than 30 years as a founding member and principal vocalist of the Mississippi Mass Choir. Known for leading the choir’s popular songs such as “I Just Can’t Tell You (How Good God’s Been),” “It’s Good to Know Jesus,” “Holy City,” and “Lord, You’re the Landlord,” she made history as the first solo recording artist in the choir to record two projects, Gotta Have Faith and the Stellar Award-nominated, The Other Part of Me. The red carpet will begin at 4:30 PM EST followed by the awards at 5:30 PM EST. It will broadcast live on So Arise TV at www.soarisemusic.com/soarisetv and UGN Broadcasting Network via Roku TV, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, and Android TV.
Libra Nicole Boyd, PhD is a musician, award-winning author, gospel music aficionado, and the founder and editor of Gospel Music Fever™. Her commitment to journalistic integrity includes bringing you reliable gospel music content that uplifts and advances the art form. Libra is presently working on several scholarly projects about gospel music in the media as well as gospel music in social movements.