By Libra Boyd
|Nancy Carree Wilson and Duncan Butler
Congratulations to the winners and honorees announced at the 2018 Rejoice Awards, held Saturday, April 14, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.
Pastor and singer Nancy Carree Wilson was celebrated with this year’s Legend Award. Her résumé includes recordings with Bishop Larry Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit and Pastor Debra Morton & the Women of Excellence Choir. In 2004, she released her own project–recorded live at Chicago’s Sweet Holy Spirit Church–entitled, Nancy Wilson – Designed for Worship. Additionally, Pastor Wilson, whose son Isaac Carree also enjoys success as a gospel recording artist, was a host of the long-running weekly regional television show, “Gospel Expo.” In 1994, the songstress and media personality became pastor of Greensboro’s New Beginnings Community Outreach Church.
Singer/pianist/songwriter Duncan Butler got double trophy love Saturday afternoon. He walked away with a pair of glass trophies for the Artist of the Year and Contemporary categories.
The Rejoice Awards is produced by Unwind Communications Outreach Network (UCON) and The UCON Alliance of Gospel Music Professionals to recognize the accomplishments of local and regional gospel artists, media, and legends for their contributions to gospel music and the community. For more information about UCON, visit http://ucontalent.wixsite.com/ucon. The complete list of awardees is as follows:
Praise and Worship
Kendall McDowell and RAW
WNAA 90.1 FM
Nancy Carree Wilson
Artist of the Year
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.