Winning the Doves and a new look at ‘The Carol Burnett Show’

There was an amazing gathering of talent that came together to rejoice their way through the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards in Atlanta recently.

I was so pleased to see many of my friends who are industry veterans finally receive recognition for the work.
Karen Peck and New River garnered their first two Dove awards with “Good Things Are Happening” as Country Recorded Song of the Year and “Reach Out” for Southern Gospel Album of the Year. Visit ( ) to learn more about them.

I was so proud to hear this about my long time friends Karen, Susan and Jeff Hawes.

Karen gave praise to the Lord for the recognition and said the group was so thrilled.

Karen also rocked the house with a performance of “I Go to the Rock” as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston as part of the show opener with Crystal Lewis, Angie Stone, and Yolanda Adams.
Although they were not in attendance, The Perrys, saw their first Dove for “Celebrate Me Home” as Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Congratulations to Libbi, Tracy and all the Perrys (

My co-star from the recent movie “Decision” Natalie Grant took home her fifth female vocalist of the year award and her song “Love Revolution” won Worship Song of the Year.

She tweeted – “Just won Female Vocalist of the Year. Humbled. And EVERY GIRL in the category deserved to be on that stage.” Congratulations to Natalie (!
The tremendously talented Jason Crabb took home Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year from the eight nominations he garnered.

When I was a kid I laughed along with the rest of America as Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner made us laugh on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
It debuted on CBS in 1967 and ran for 11 years, receiving 25 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. TIME Magazine named the show one of the “100 Best Television Shows of all Time” and Carol Burnett has been honored with more People’s Choice Awards than any other actress.
Carol is such a class act and she has encouraged so many including me through her life. I have just heard that the show will be coming to DVD this fall through Time Life.

“It will be wonderful to see DVD’s of my show in stores…” Burnett said.
The surviving co-stars will add new interviews and never before seen materials to the DVDS. Carol Burnett, Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence plan several national TV appearances to celebrate the DVD release.

The DVDS will range from the 6-DVD set  – “The Carol Burnett Show — Carol’s Favorites” to a 20-DVD boxed set – “The Carol Burnett  Showultimate.
Of course, there will be all the great guest appearances with folks such as Carl Reiner, Steve Martin, Betty White, George Carlin, Shirley MacLaine, and The Jackson 5 that helped make the show a riot.

I encourage you to watch for this as it comes to stores this September.