May 19, 2008
Female Vocalist of the Year Performs Live With Wynonna Judd Using Shure UHF-R Wireless NASHVILLE, TN, May 19, 2008 —TobyMac, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, and the David Crowder Band may have been among some of the top honorees at the 39th annual GMA Dove Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry House, but it was Natalie Grant who stole the show when she was named Female Vocalist of the Year for the third consecutive time, and performed her hit “Bring it All Together” live with country icon Wynonna Judd using Shure UHF-R wireless."To hear my name nominated in such company is such a huge honor,” Grant told the Shreveport Times, humbly paying tribute to all the other artists singled out for kudos at the event. “My microphone used to be a hairbrush, and my audience used to be stuffed animals. I hold loosely to it all. I may be the flavor of the moment right now, but at some point it will be someone else's turn."Having traded-in her hairbrush this night for a handheld Shure KSM9, Grant joined artists Chris Tomlin, Israel Houghton, and Ricky Skaggs in making the dual-diaphragm microphone with switchable polar patterns her wireless instrument of choice. Others performing live—including Switchfoot and the David Crowder Band—counted upon Shure UHF-R wireless systems using SM58 handheld transmitters."It's always a pleasure to mix when Shure is coming down the line,” Dove Awards production mixer Michael Abbott said. “The KSM9 capsule and UHF-R wireless continues to be the best combination in the industry." Tom Davis, the award show's audio producer, and Steve Gilreath, its executive producer, concurred with Abbott's assessment of Shure products heard onstage. "The sound quality and consistency of KSM and Beta mics on drums, amps, and vocals always make mixing a pleasure," Davis said, whose statement was quickly supported by Gilreath, who added, "Shure came through again for the Dove Awards. As producer of a show this size, I've got tons of items to worry about. Thanks to Shure, my microphone complement is nowhere on that list!" The third time was also the charm for Shure endorsing artist Chris Tomlin at this year's Dove Awards, who once again walked away with Male Vocalist of the Year honors, a distinction he has won since 2006. As the highlight of the Gospel Music Association's annual convention, the Dove Awards aired live on the Gospel Music Channel.