GMA Week: Ditching the Doves
Since they’re both among the hippest things going in sg right now, I was curious to see if EHSSQ and
EHSSQ was up for multiple Doves, and though I don’t know for sure, I’d be shocked if they weren’t offered or couldn’t have gotten a chance to perform and/or present. Given the marked increase in sg’s exposure during the Doves this year (which in turn was an improvement on last year – a development I assume must be attributable at least in part to Daywind’s Ed Leonard ascending to power in the GMA … he’s next in line to be the GMA board’s head honcho), one has to think EHSSQ chose not to come. Which makes you wonder why? I have no idea, but perhaps Ernie Haase’s reluctance, a la the NQC, is a “we don’t need no stinkin’ Doves” kinda thing. And if this is the case, you can’t really blame him up to a point. But GMA is not the NQC Board and the Doves is not NQC.
EHSSQ is attracting the kinds of audiences that suggests some portions of a GMA audience that might not otherwise take the group seriously would be inclined to honestly listen at an event like the Doves. So it would seem like a missed opportunity, but then I don’t view the world from Ernie Haase’s bus seat. Anyway, from a purely self-interested standpoint, it was a shame they weren’t there on stage. Especially since they might have supplanted any one of the show’s several down-market CCM up-and-comers with ironic hair and a guitar case bestickered with world-weary tokens of a young soul reeking from deep thoughts about Life and Spirituality, but not too Jesusy, in case the guys at Clear Channel are interested.
Speaking of Austin’s Bridge (just kidding!) … the group played the SGMG Harmony Honors the night before the Doves, but since their vocals were almost completely missing from the house mix and the kick drum pretty much overpowered everything else, I can’t say much about their sound. They look great on stage and though I’d have picked a different song that showcased their harmonic dexterity more (they did “Dry Bones”), they’re obviously a hot ticket.
And evidently they think so too. They ditched the Doves for their previously scheduled gig. They gotta eat like everybody else, I know. And granted if they had showed up at the Doves they would have only gotten the 40 seconds that every other group nominated for young artist of the year received during the show’s opening medley (plus the acceptance speech for Bluegrass Song of the Year). But they’re act is as good or better than most of what they would have been paired with at the show (drawing from all of Christian music), and that comparable superiority would have been obvious … and on live television, to say nothing of the pulsating heart of Christian music listening from seats at the Opry. By what calculus is it wiser to sing for 200 sg insiders who already know you the night before the biggest evening in Gospel Music, and skip the big night itself?Email this Post