GMA Announces Songwriter of the Year Nominees The nominees for this yearâ€™s Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year were announced earlier this week by the Gospel Music Association (GMA), with the list including Casting Crownsâ€™ Mark Hall, Third Dayâ€™s Mac Powell, sixsteprecordsâ€™ Chris Tomlin, and songwriters Laura Story and Christa Wells. â€œThe Songwriter of the Year is an important honor in gospel music,â€ said John W. Styll, president of the GMA. â€œWe congratulate these nominees for their songwriting success in the past year, and more significantly, for the many lives they touched with their songwriting gifts.â€ Hall grabs his third consecutive nomination for the award this year, having won both times previously, with his songs â€œLifesongâ€ and â€œVoice of Truthâ€ both up for this yearâ€™s Dove Award for Song of the Year. Powell is nominated for his work on the impassioned â€œCry Out to Jesus,â€ which became an anthem for those who experienced the devastation caused by last yearâ€™s hurricanes. Christa Wells is the writer of â€œHeld,â€ which was the first single from Natalie Grantâ€™s hit release Awaken. Story wrote â€œIndescribableâ€ with Jesse Reeves, a song recorded by Tomlin who himself wrote â€œHoly is the Lordâ€ and â€œHow Great is Our God.â€ Tomlin, who won his first Dove Award last year for Praise & Worship Album of the Year, leads this yearâ€™s nominations with 10 total. The 37th Annual GMA Music Awards will be presented on Apr. 5 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. For a complete list of nominations and other information, go to www.gospelmusic.org.