Jekalyn Carr Captures First GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, One Nation Under God

We at SMG are thrilled to celebrate Evangelist Jekalyn Carr’s first GMA Dove Award. She has worked immensely hard to reach this point in her still very young career and we know that there is still much more to come! Earlier this year, I shared his experience with Carr at the release of her book “You Will Win” and album “One Nation Under God” in an episode of “On the Record“and on the SP Radio blog. The album is phenomenal and we enjoyed listening to it, over and over again! 

In fact, it’s still heavy in our office rotation! We didn’t review the album officially, but we have never stopped praising the album and the stretch beyond the release of ballads, Evangelist Carr has been known for. If you listen to gospel radio now, you know her latest single “It’s Yours” is burning up the charts! This is not new for Carr, but new for casual listeners who may only know her by her radio singles! Again, we’re so thrilled to have this particular body of work of hers be recognized. “The Life Project” was also amazing, and “One Nation Under God” which featured duets with Steve Hare and Donald Lawrence is truly her best work, to date! 

We had a celebratory piece in the works but have instead opted to share the press release regarding her win with you, instead! I have had a number of experiences with Evangelist Carr and always enjoys the company of her and her father when they meet. They met again in Orlando, Florida just a few weeks ago at the LEAP! Summit and the pleasantry and fellowship continued. We are so excited for Evangelist Carr and are prayerful that many more doors are opened wide to welcome her worldwide ministry!

Read the press release below, provided to us from our friends at Conduit Media Solutions:

Evangelist, entrepreneur, and Grammy® nominated gospel recording artist, Jekalyn Carr, took home her first GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year – One Nation Under God. Jekalyn garnered three nominations including: Gospel Artist of the Year, Traditional Gospel Album of the Year– One Nation Under God, and Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year– “Stay with Me.” 

The 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards ceremony was held at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The awards will televised on TBN on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 9 PM ET.

“I am blessed to receive my first Dove Award,” says Carr. “It is such an honor to have your work recognized and given an award. I want to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support my ministry and the One Nation Under God album. A special thanks to Jackie Patillo and the GMA Team.” 

Gospel Powerhouse Ignites Crowd with Performance of “You Will Win”

Later during the evening, Carr ignited the entire arena in praise with her soaring vocals, causing the crowd to rise to their feet during a powerful performance of her latest hit single, “You Will Win.”

Independent artist, Carr, has taken the industry by storm with her rising success. Since her break-out single in 2016, “You’re Bigger,” she has gone on to create two top producing gospel albums, One Nation Under God and The Life Project. Most recently, Carr has added author to already impressive résumé with book, You Will Win. Jekalyn’s music is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. For more information and a complete list of upcoming events, visit

Jekalyn Carr “On the Record” talking her new book and album

Jekalyn Carr: You Will Win

In this special episode of “On the Record”, we’re re-visiting a previous interview. We had the opportunity to speak with Jekalyn Carr ahead of her book and cd release last February. Her book is selling well and she has garnered another #1 on Billboard with “You Will Win”, also the title of her first book.

Grammy® and Dove Award nominated artist, Jekalyn Carr, is soaring to success since the beginning of her career at the tender age of 15. As an independent artist, Carr has garnered both national and international reach with a Billboard No. 1 Top Gospel Album, The Life Project, as well as No. 1 on Billboard Gospel Airplay chart and No. 1 on Gospel Digital Song chart for single, “You’re Bigger.” The song also peaked at No. 33 on the Adult R&B Radio Airplay chart. Jekalyn’s achievements have landed her collaborations with gospel legends Shirley Caesar and Dorothy Norwood and performances on GMA’s Dove Awards, OWN’s Greenleaf, BET’s “Joyful Noise,” Black Music Honors and The Triumph Awards. In addition, she was featured in a documentary, Rejoice and Shout alongside legends such as: Smokey Robinson, Andrae Crouch, and Kirk Franklin. As compelling as she is as a vocalist, she is equally as dynamic as an evangelist. This emerging artist’s national acclaim is evinced by the distinct honor of being named Jet Magazine’s Top Ten Faces You Need to Know and Ebony’s Power 100 list. Jekalyn’s heartfelt ministry and songs touch all genres, young and old. Her message is, “you can be successful if you believe, pursue the vision, and most of all trust God.”


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