‘Chosen Soldiers’ & ‘Landlord’ claim international gospel awards

Brothers Don Jr. and Chaz Major who comprise the group “Chosen Soldiers” and Orlando “Landlord” Miller came up big at the 12th Rhythm of Gospel Awards – a show that recognizes outstanding churches/pastors, choirs and independent gospel music artists of all genres for their contributions toward the betterment and advancement of their communities.

Chosen Soldiers had seven nominations and walked away with two wins; Miller won both categories in which he was nominated.

Neither the Majors nor Miller were present to receive their awards at the November 25-29 show held in Birmingham, Alabama, in November, from its original June date due to COVID-19. Their awards will be shipped to them.

“It’s an honor, and I can’t wait for that [award] to get home,” said Miller, the host of Positive TV who was nominated in two categories and won both – Internet Radio/Media Outlet of the Year and Gospel TV/Radio Show of the Year.

“I did not get to attend this year, but trust me, it meant so much – because last year, being nominated for nine Rhythm of Gospel Awards … and just being there and seeing all these different nominations called and your name not called [as a winner] – and I wanted one of them so, so bad and unfortunately, I didn’t win one,” said Miller. “When I was nominated for two awards this year, I didn’t check.

The year he did not attend, even though he was tapped to host a red-carpet event, is the year he won.

Miller said he was at home and found out about his wins from a friend who was excited to congratulate him on hearing his name called at the event. To finally win an award, he said, made him feel good.

“It’s a great feeling to be getting these international awards. I’m honored. I have a lot of colleagues in the same categories and they’re making some great moves in the United States (US), so to win among them, I’m still shocked.”

Miller said winning fuels him to go forward and do more.

“It gives me more confidence to really believe in myself when you feel you don’t have the support and connection others have. To see that I am making some moves, causes you to do big things.”

While he learnt of his wins from a friend, Miller was the one to inform the youthful brothers of their wins.

“Telling them was an honor because those two young guys have been working for years and their parents [Don and Charmaine] are their number one fans. Just telling them … they almost cried. That right there is really big and I was honored to tell them and encourage them.”

Chosen Soldiers garnered seven nominations. They nabbed two categories – International Gospel Artist of the Year and Urban Contemporary/R&P CD of the Year (Giving It Back).

Brothers brothers Don and Chaz Major comprise the Chosen Soldiers. The brothers are pictured with their parents. MAJOR FAMILY

In a statement, the brothers said they were excited and grateful for the opportunity to win the awards. They also thanked everyone that voted for them.

Chosen Soldiers were also nominated in the categories of Special Event CD of the Year, Alternative Christian Gospel CD of the Year, Holy Hip Hop/Instrumental/Alternative Gospel CD of the Year, Youth/Young Adult Artist of the Year, as well as Rhythm of Gospel Music Video of the Year for “I Might Be Young” featuring Landlord and Shaddai.

Two other Bahamians – Antonio P. Rolle and Clifford “Big Bruh” Riley were also among this year’s nominees.

Riley’s nominations for his song “Yes I Have a Dream” were in the categories Holy Hip Hop Song of the Year, Urban Contemporary Song of the Year and Rhythm of Gospel Music Video of the Year. He was also nominated for International Gospel Artist of the Year and Best Performance by Holy Hip Hop Artist.

Rolle was nominated for Urban Contemporary Song of the Year for “Another Level”, International Gospel Artist of the Year for “Another Level”, Special Event/Instrumental Artist of the Year, and Best Performance by a Male Artist.

The Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards Show is an annual event filled with a variety of innovative and exciting showcases, choir competitions, pageants and achievement galas.

It is currently ranked number three in gospel awards shows and the largest independent gospel award show, continuously giving gospel artists a platform that supports artists of all ethnicities in various genres of gospel music.

The Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards Show spotlights 60-plus categories of recognition through various churches and religious groups, business/community leaders, and independent gospel music artists, giving them the opportunity to network formally while congratulating trailblazers from various sectors of the music industry.

The awards show is an annual event hosted by the National and Independent Gospel Music Association (NIGMA), and produced by Dr. Mark Rogers, CEO and executive director.

The process begins with board members and record companies submitting entries, which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The NIGMA voting members participate in the nominating process that determines the seven finalists in each category and the final voting process, which determines the Rhythm of Gospel Award winners.

In the first round, before any name is released to the media, or the final voting/selection panel, the nominee must accept their nomination by or before the required due date. After the nominee has accepted their nomination, the name is then released to the media and the selection panel for the final voting process.

Internet voting allows the public to vote on their favorite independent artist. This method of voting serves as one quarter of the final selection process and also helps the voting panel make accurate decisions on the final selections of potential winners.

For the final voting, lists of the finalists are sent to voting members in ballot format. In the final round, NIGMA members deliberate and make all final selections based upon submitted, verified and researched material.

Results of members are not known until the Rhythm of Gospel Awards presentation ceremony, when names of the winners are delivered by Deloitte in sealed envelopes. All winners are revealed during the Rhythm of Gospel Awards telecast and weekend of events.

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Shavaughn Moss

Shavaughn Moss joined The Nassau Guardian as a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor. Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics. Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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