Award-winning pianist, singer and songwriter Gordon Mote was honored with the first GRAMMY® nod of his career when nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced Dec. 6. Mote’s 2015 studio project, Gordon Mote Sings Hymns and Songs of Inspiration (New Haven Records), is nominated in the Best Roots Gospel Album category. Winners for the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be announced at the 2017 awards show held in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.
“I’ve watched the GRAMMYs® all my life. To actually be nominated is beyond my wildest dreams!” Mote shares. “I am grateful to God for allowing me to do what I want to do and pray that my music is encouraging to people now and for years to come. Congratulations to great friends in all categories for your well-deserved nominations.”
Co-produced by Mote and industry legends Phil Johnson and Wayne Haun, the singer’s nominated album, Gordon Mote Sings Hymns and Songs of Inspiration, includes such beloved standards as “Power in the Blood,” “Amazing Grace,” “I Surrender All” and “Just As I Am.” In addition, Mote also introduces his audience to inspirational worship classics “Because He Lives (Amen),” “Holy Spirit” and “O, The Blood.” Famed gospel producer/arranger Percy Gray, Jr., adds Chicago Mass Choir’s trademark gospel vocals to “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” and The Voices of Lee lend their considerable choral prowess as well. Mote contributes his own inspiring song craft to “Only Jesus Can Heal This Hurting World,” released to radio earlier this year.
“We could not be more proud of Gordon and the way that he uses his talents for God’s glory,” saysNew Haven Records president Ken Harding. “His first-ever GRAMMY® nomination is just icing on an already incredible career.”
“Congratulations to Gordon Mote for a well-deserved GRAMMY® nomination. It’s a privilege to be able to promote such a talented, hardworking and one-of-a-kind artist like Gordon,” adds radio promoter Jan Binkley Puryear. “I’m so excited for Gordon, Ken Harding and New Haven Records, where quality and integrity still come first.”
Mote recently returned home following a run of successful tour dates in Norway. He will perform holiday shows in select cities throughout the remainder of the year. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit www.gordonmote.com.
ABOUT GORDON MOTE
Blind since birth, Gordon Mote began playing piano at the age of three. Ever since, he’s been using his God-given musical talents to write and record songs that reflect his faith. After graduating from Nashville’s Belmont University with honors, Mote was asked to join Lee Greenwood’s band. Since then, Mote has become an in-demand concert and studio musician playing, touring and recording with some of Country and Gospel music’s biggest artists, including Porter Wagoner, the Gaither Vocal Band, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood and Alan Jackson, among others. Moreover, Mote has also been a long-running guest on numerous Gaither Homecoming tours. Throughout his career, Mote has garnered two Academy of Country Music Awards, two Music Row Magazine Instrumentalist of the Year Awards (2009, 2011), numerous Dove Award nominations and a GRAMMY® nomination.
ABOUT NEW HAVEN RECORDS
New Haven Records is a Nashville-based music corporation that includes label, publishing and film companies focusing on the uniquely American genres of Black Gospel, Southern Gospel, and Country & Bluegrass Gospel. New Haven’s products are serviced to Christian retail through Provident Music Distribution and to the mainstream marketplace through SONY Distribution. For additional information, go to www.newhavenrecords.com.