Lawrence had powerful and well-received albums in the past, even better sales, with projects like "Bible Stories" and "Tri-City4.com". But for the first time in the Stellar Awards' history, since its inception, this one sinks the Titanic all together. Eight awards all together go to D. Lawrence for his "I Speak Life" album; a project fewed by many critics to be a strong disappointment. One successful single ("Healed") was released from that album, and J. Moss, a guy that experienced a powerful series of singles ranging from "We Must Praise", "I Wanna Be" and "Psalm 150", only took home three. Dr. Charles G. Hayes & the Warriors (along with "Jesus Can Work It Out Remix" vocalist Dianne Williams) impressed plenty, by talking home three awards. Several established artists whom decided to release independent projects and decided to walk out on faith were also honored, such as Lil' iRocc Williams, Walter Hawkins, Mark S. Hubbard & the Voices and Sounds of Blackness. Mary Mary only gets one. It was also shocking to see well deserved saxophonist Kirk Whalum take home a well deserved award for Instrumental CD of the Year.
But there were more disappointments than overwhelming joy. But that's usually the case.
I'm beginning to agree with Tonex' on this one. The industry, especially the gospel, has a lot of growing up to do.
The Winners (Gospelflava.com)