2010 Unity Awards Presented in Calgary

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It was a night of praise, worship, and music as the United Catholic Music & Video Association handed out the Unity Awards during its 10th annual gala, held this year at Southside Victory Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Love Movement, Greg Walton, and Ceili Rain each garnered four awards, with Santiago Fernandez, Renee Bondi, Sarah Hart, and Matt Maher each receiving two.

The Love Movement, a choir out of Trinidad-Tobago, won awards for International Album of the Year for “I’m Forgiven”, International Artist/Group of the Year, and International Song of the Year as well as overall Song of the Year for their song “I Will Carry You”.

Greg Walton Spring Hill, Tennessee resident Greg Walton’s CD “Tune of Ignorance” won Modern/Rock Alternative Song of the Year. Album producer Jeff Thomas won Producer of the Year for his contribution, and Greg also won Male Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (Songwriter of the Year was a tie between Greg Walton and Bob Halligan Jr of Ceili Rain).

Ceili Rain Celtic/Catholic band Ceili Rain won the awards for Group of the Year and Artists of the Year, and their album “I Made Lemonade” won Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the year, and Album Packaging of the Year went to Zora Puskacova and Alyson Bleistine Graphic Designers for their work on “I Made Lemonade”. Bob Halligan Jr, lead singer, tied with Greg Walton for Songwriter fo the Year.

Santiago Fernandez Santiago Fernandez won Spanish Album of the Year and Spanish Song of the Year for “Un Canto Nuevo”, for the album and title track. Renee Bondi took the two seasonal awards with her Christmas album, “My Christmas Wish” and the song “Mary Did You Know”.

Sarah Hart Sarah Hart took two awards: Devotional Album of the Year with her project “Saint Songs”, and Female Vocalist of the Year. Matt Maher won Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year with “Alive Again” and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for the title track, “Alive Again”.

Brian Flynn took three awards: Devotional Song of the Year for “You Are A Priest Forever”, Liturgical/Sacramental Song of the Year from “Panis Vere”, and his album “Beyond the Veil” took the award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year. Brian’s ministry, MercySong, also had another winner–Vinny Flynn & Still Waters was awarded the Spoken Word Recording of the Year with their Mother of Mercy Scriptural Rosary.

The 2011 Unity Awards will be held in San Antonio, Texas. Singer and songwriter Dan Duet and his Two-Twelve Ministries will be the host of next year’s event.

The Unity Awards are presented each year by the United Catholic Music and Video Association for excellence in the area of Catholic music and broadcasting. Only members of the UCMVA are eligible to vote for nominees and for the final winners.

To join, visit their website at UCMVA.org today.

Full List of Winners:

International Album of the Year: The Love Movement: I’m Forgiven
International Song of the Year: The Love Movement: I Will Carry You
International Artist/Group of the Year: The Love Movement
Spanish Song of the Year: Santiago Fernandez: Un Canto Nuevo
Spanish Album of the Year: Santiago Fernandez: Un Canto Nuevo
Seasonal Song of the Year: Renee Bondi: My Christmas Wish
Seasonal Album of the Year: Renee Bondi: Mary, Did You Know
Modern Rock/Alternative Song of the Year: Greg Walton: Tune of Ignorance
Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year: Ceili Rain: I Made Lemonade
Devotional Album of the Year: Sarah Hart: Saint Songs
Devotional Song of the Year: Brian Flynn: You Are a Priest Forever
Praise & Worship Album of the Year: Brian Flynn: Beyond the Veil
Praise & Worship Song of the Year: Tom Booth: You Stand Knocking
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Righteous B: How a Wound Bleeds
Country Song of the Year: Katrina Rae: I Call It Home
Liturgical/Sacramental Song of the Year: Brian Flynn: Panis Vere
Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year: Matt Maher: Alive Again
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: Matt Maher: Alive Again
Spoken Word Recording of the Year: Vinny Flynn and Still Waters: Mother of Mercy Scriptural Rosary
Song of the Year: The Love Movement: I Will Carry You
Songwriter of the Year: TIE: Greg Walton for “Tune of Ignorance”, and Bob Halligan Jr for “I’ll Find You”
Male Vocalist of the Year: Greg Walton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Sarah Hart
Group of the Year: Ceili Rain
Artist of the Year: 2 winners: Ceili Rain and Matt Maher
New Artist of the Year: Chris Bray
Producer of the Year: Jeff Thomas, for Greg Walton’s “Tune of Ignorance”
Music Video/DVD of the Year: Life is the Only Choice – Producer David MacDonald, Director Andrew David Harry
Special Event Album and/or DVD of the Year: Rocking Roman: The Best of New Catholic Music 2009
Best Religious Television/Radio Presentation: The Catholic Music Express, producer Jim Logue Jr
Album Packaging of the Year: Zora Puskacova/Alyson Bleistine Graphic Designers for Ceili Rain’s “I Made Lemonade”

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Renee Bondi
Tom Booth
Catholic Music Express
Ceili Rain
Santiago Fernandez
Vinny Flynn & Still Waters
Sarah Hart
David MacDonald
Matt Maher
Righteous B
Rocking Romans
United Catholic Music & Video Association
Greg Walton

Copyright 2010 Jim Logue

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