Nashville, TN – The Inspirational Country Music Association celebrates its 21st Anniversary during ‘country music month’ in Nashville, Tennessee, with newly announced expansion of award show categories.  The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24, 2013; with the 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards taking place on October 24, 2013, at Two Rivers.

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards semi-finalists were released today, with the added categories of Mainstream Country Male, Mainstream Country Female, and Mainstream Country Group/Duo.  “At this time, more and more mainstream artists are releasing positive messaged songs that bring Faith, Family, and Country into their music and we felt it to be appropriate to recognize these artists for their efforts in bringing such a message to their audience,” says Jason Higgins, ICM Executive Director.

The ballot, voted on by  membership, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad array of categories that include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo,  musician, radio, radio station, film, and television honors.  Major artist semi-finalists for this year’s awards include Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys, Thompson Square, among others.  In addition, top name bluegrass artists Ricky Skaggs, Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, The Roys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more have made the semi-finals for the Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year category.

There will be many events and activities throughout the week taking place in the immediate area, including the annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Talent Show, The Power Source #1 Party and Media Appreciation Luncheon, the annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more.

The Inn at Opryland will serve as this year’s host hotel and is centrally located to great food, shopping and downtown Nashville! 
“I truly love Nashville and all the benefits it has to offer our attendees,” adds Higgins. “We are excited about our expansion plans and look to making this year’s events even better than ever!”
Every year, this week draws music fans, media and the industry’s top artists to Nashville where they showcase music and discuss industry related issues. The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music which is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country ™.

ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Semi-Finalists:

Entertainer of the Year

• Chuck Day

• Chuck Hancock

• Dennis Agajanian

• Jeff Bates

• Guy Penrod

• Kali Rose

• Lucas Hoge

• Steve Richard

• Sunday Drive

• The Roys

Male Vocalist of the Year

• Andrew Heller

• Chuck Day

• Chuck Hancock

• Daniel Alan

• Lucas Hoge

• Mike Rimmey

• Russ Murphy

• Steve Richard

• Tommy Brandt

• Wade Hammond

Female Vocalist of the Year

• Aubree Bullock

• Cindy Lee Alden

• Jada Hite King

• Kali Rose

• Kristina Craig

• Larissa

• Laura Dodd

• Lisa McClowry

• Mary James

• Stella Parton

Vocal Duo & Performance

• Aaron & Amanda Crabb

• Branded

• Bruce & Betsy Mullen

• Jeff & Sheri Easter

• Mary James featuring Jamie O’Neal

• Nathan Stanley featuring Vince Gill

• Randy-Paul

• Spirit Driven 2

• Steve Richard & Laura Dodd

• The Roys

Vocal Group or Band of the Year

• CrossCountry The Band

• Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

• Jayc Harold Band

• Kristina Craig Band

• Picnic In The Meadow

• Red Roots

• Sunday Drive

• The Akins

• The Springs

• The Walkers

Mainstream Inspirational Country Song

• “Changed,” Rascal Flatts

• “Be Grateful,” The Farm

• “Eighteen Inches,” Lauren Alaina

• “Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain,” Gary Allan

• “I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice

• “Met Him In A Motel Room,” Gwen Sebastian

• “Old King James,” Scotty McCreery

• “See You Again,” Carrie Underwood

• “Touchdown Jesus,” Tim McGraw

• “True Believers,” Darius Rucker

Mainstream Country Male Artist

• Alan Jackson

• Andy Griggs

• Craig Morgan

• Darius Rucker

• John Berry

• Josh Turner

• Lee Brice

• Scotty McCreery

• Tim McGraw

• Vince Gill

Mainstream Country Female Artist

• Carrie Underwood

• Dolly Parton

• Faith Hill

• Gwen Sebastian

• Jamie O’Neal

• Lauren Alaina

• Martina McBride

• Rachel Holder

• Reba McEntire

• Sara Evans

Mainstream Country Duo or Group

• Diamond Rio

• Joey+Rory

• Lady Antebellum

• Lonestar

• Marty Raybon & Full Circle

• Oak Ridge Boys

• Rascal Flatts

• The Farm Inc.

• The Henningsens

• Thompson Square

Inspirational Country Song of the Year

• “God’s Still On The Throne,” Larissa

• “Have I Done Something,” Lucas Hoge

• “Hey Do You Know Me,” Kali Rose

• “They Don’t Stay Little Long Enough,” Chuck Hancock

• “I See You in Everything,” Steve Richard & Laura Dodd

• “I’ll Stand Up For the Cross,” Wade Hammond

• “Meanwhile Back At the Cross,” Tommy Brandt

• “Take It Easy,” Daniel Alan

• “Unknown Soldiers” Russ Murphy

• “You Can Always Come Back Home,” Chuck Day

Songwriter of the Year

• Chuck Day

• Chuck Hancock

• Corey Lee Barker

• Greg McDougal

• Jeff Bates

• Larissa Lundstrom

• Mike Rimmey

• Paul Staggs of Branded

• Russ Murphy

• Tommy Brandt

Living Legend/Pioneer Award

• Bruce Haynes

• Chuck Day (The Days)

• Dolly Parton

• Gene Higgins

• Leo Johnston & CrossCountry

• Lisa Daggs

• Melanie Walker

• Ricky Skaggs

• Susie McEntire Luchsinger

• Vince Gill

Musician of the Year

• Charlie Daniels

• Dennis Agajanian

• Gary Livesay

• Gordon Mote

• Greg McDougal

• Jayc Harold

• Mike Baker

• Ricky Skaggs

• Tommy Brandt

• Vince Gill

Comedian of the Year

• Aaron Wilburn

• Barry McGee

• Bruce Mullen

• Chonda Pierce

• Jeff Treece

• Johnny Lee Cook

• Mike Snider

• Tim Hawkins

• T. Bubba Bechtol

• Jeanne Robertson

New Artist of the Year

• Adrienne Haupt

• Angela Hesse

• Chareé White

• Cherie Brennan

• Chris Hayle

• Hunter Cook

• Jennifer Nickerson

• Jo Ann Bullard

• Kristina Craig

• Rachel Dampier

Radio Station of the Year

• Cross Country Radio – CBN

• HLE Radio

• Inspirational Country Radio Network

• KSTV 93.1 FM – Dublin, TX

• KUPR 91.7 FM – Alamagordo, NM

• WEKC AM 710 – Corbin, KY

• WJCR 90.1 FM – Upton, KY

• WSM AM 650 – Nashville, TN

• WTGF 90.5 FM – Milton, FL

• WTYS 94.1 FM – Marianna, FL

Radio Personality of the Year

• Bob Flotte

• Gary Richardson

• Hunter Logan

• Jerry Proctor

• JR Pitsenbarger

• Leon Joplin

• Marty Smith

• Mona Faith

• Rich Miller

• Ricky Russ

Youth In Music Award

• Adrienne Haupt

• Chlöe Goss

• Emily Faith

• Hannah Faith

• Hunter Cook

• Isaac Cole

• Lydia Hollis

• McDougal Kids

• Mikayla Lynn

• Tommy Brandt II

Inspirational Bluegrass Artist 

• Bruce & Betsy Mullen

• Dailey & Vincent

• Darin & Brooke Aldridge

• Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

• Isaacs

• Marty Raybon

• Nathan Stanley

• Rhonda Vincent

• Ricky Skaggs

• The Roys

Video of the Year

• “Be Grateful” The Farm

• “Changed” Rascal Flatts

• “Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain” Gary Allan

• “I Drive Your Truck” Lee Brice

• “If I Didn’t Have You” Thompson Square

• “See You Again” Carrie Underwood

• “Sharing The Journey” Lucas Hoge

• “Time Is Love” Josh Turner

• “Toothbrush” Steve Richard

• “True Believers” Darius Rucker

Faith, Family & Country™ Movie

• 42 – Warner Bros. Pictures

• Brother White – Pure Flix Entertainment

• Home Run – Hero Productions

• Last Ounce Of Courage – Veritas Entertainment

• Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure – Documentary

• Parental Guidance – Twentieth Century Fox

• Ring The Bell – Whitney Beach Pictures

• Spirit Of Love, The Mike Glenn Story – Film It Productions

• The Frontier Boys – Destiny Image Films

• Unconditional – Harbinger Media Partners

Music Evangelist of the Year

• Chuck Day

• Dennis Agajanian

• Geoffrey Andrews

• Greg McDougal

• Jayc Harold

• Larissa

• Mary James

• Russ Murphy

• Tommy Brandt

• Wade Hammond

Television Network of the Year

• Daystar

• Gospel Music Channel

• Great American Country

• Hallmark Channel



• Sonlife Broadcasting Network (SBN)

• TCT Networks

• The Nashville Network (TNN)

• Total Living Network