March 22, 2016 – ATLANTA, GA. On Saturday, March 19th, all roads led to Siloam International Church in Atlanta, Georgia in celebration of the inauguration of Gospel’s newest national award show. C. Chandon Carter, the CEO of Carter Unlimited purposed to create an award show where signed, mainstream artists and unsigned, independent artists were honored together for their ministry contributions to the gospel music industry and to the world. Additionally, Pastors of mega churches and pastors of smaller ministries were honored together for their great Kingdom work in demonstrating the 5-fold ministries as outlined in the book of Ephesians as recipients of the Nehemiah Award.

The 2016 winners of the Steeple Awards are: 

  • Church of the Year: The dReam Center Church of Atlanta (Pastor William Murphy, III)
  • CD of the Year: One Place Live (Tasha Cobbs)
  • Song of the Year: I’m Yours: (Casey J)
  • Group or Duo of the Year: The Walls Group
  • Female Artist of the Year: Le’Andria Johnson
  • Male Artist of the Year: Canton Jones
  • Author of the Year: DiShan Washington (Diary of a Mad First Lady)
  • Choir of the Year: Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling
  • New Artist of the Year: Ahmad Hall & Friends
  • Best in Media: Twanda Black of KISS 104FM
  • Comedian of the Year: Karlton Humes
  • Inspirational Rap Artist of the Year: Luke G

The Nehemiah Award Honorees are:

  • Bishop Stephen B. & Co-Pastor Vanessa Hall of The Rhema Nation Church
  • Pastor Kerwin B. & 1st Lady Yolanda T. Lee of Berean Christian Church
  • Bishop William,  & Co-Pastor Danielle Murphy of The dReam Center Church of Atlanta
  • Dr. Jonathan C. & Co-Pastor Sylvia D. Carter of Siloam Church International
  • General Overseer Craig L. & 1ST Lady Chi’lra Oliver of Elizabeth Baptist Church

To the delight of show attendees, comedian Broderick E. Rice brought his unique brand of comedy as show host and kept the audiences laughing throughout the night while local and national artists kept the audience enrapt with splendid musical offerings. Local Atlanta favorites: Sonya McGuire, Marica Chisholm, John Mero and the Atlanta Masonic Choir shared the stage with Miles D. Mealing, and national artists Tim Bowman, Canton Jones, Tyler Little, Bashir Hogue, The Showers Family Group, saxophonist Jeff Sparks, Zebulon Ellis and Corey Webb. Several industry members were also on hand and served as presenters including Actress and Producer Reece Odum, Gospel Recording Artist Debra Prather, industry executive, Cappriccieo Scates, President of Mytrell Records and Grammy Award winning producer, Kevin Bonds as well as Dr. Sherry Blake of Ask Dr. Sherry and seen on Love and Hip Hop, Braxton Family Values, and Preachers of Atlanta, as well as Lyanta Tomlin publisher of Divine Voice magazine.

The presentations were paused to pay homage to Pastor Daryl Coley who transitioned on March 15th with a riveting medley of three of Coley’s popular songs presented by Marica Chisholm and Sunday Best alums Corey Webb and Zebulon Ellis.

Picture captions left to right, top to bottom: Nehemiah Honorees, Bishop Stephen B. Hall and Co Pastor Vanessa Hall, Tim Bowman Jr. Marica Chisolm, Karlton Homes, Title Sponsor, Denise Holmes, Attorney & Counselor at Law, P.C, Founder C. Chandon Carter and Tyler Little.
Photo Credits: Marcus Ingram from gettyimages
This year the Steeple Awards celebration was sponsored by Title Sponsor, Denise Holmes, Attorney & Counselor at Law, P.C. Additional sponsors were Leo “The Tax King” Lucier of Lucier Tax and Asset Protection , Infiniti of South Atlanta, 108 Praise Radio and Nissan of Union City.
The Steeple Awards is a Carter Unlimited event created by CEO C. Chandon Carter. The Executive Producer was Bentley Didier of The Anchor & Company and Pamela Johnson of SangChile Entertainment was the Director. The Steeple Awards Staff includes Branding Director, Rahru R. Arceneaux of Haute Choc’lat Multimedia Group, and Public Relations Director, Ronnika Ann of inGENEus PR & Co. For more information about the Steeple Awards, visit
Picture Captions Left to Right: Comedian Brodrick Rice and Pastor Judah Swilley
Photo Credits: Marcus Ingram from gettyimages

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