The Pearl Awards, which honor the Mormondom’s best faith-based music of the past year, were announced last night by the FCMA (Faith Centered Music Association). 

The FCMA is a nonprofit foundation that unites musicians and recording artists who are “dedicated to raising quality and awareness of uplifting and faith promoting music within the values-oriented community.” The FCMA also seeks to “grow and expand the audience that listens to and purchases this compelling genre of music.”

Jeff Simpson, the founder of the FCMA, says that the Pearl Awards “recognize excellence across a broad spectrum of musical excellence.  Winning a Pearl Award declares an artist or work the very best in faith-centered music.”

This year’s winners include the following:

SACRED RECORDING

Be Still My Soul
Album: Standing Room Only
Artist: Vocal Point
Arranger: Michael R. Hicks
Producer: Bob Ahlander

INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING

I Was Made
Album: Stand in the Light—EFY 2004
Artist:  Michael Webb
Songwriter: Michael Webb
Producer: Tyler Castleton & Staci Peters

CONTEMPORARY RECORDING

The Light
Album: Stand in the Light—EFY 2004
Artist: April Meservy
Songwriter: Michelle Tumes
Producer: Tyler Castleton & Staci Peters

SACRED/CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING

If You Could Hie to Kolob
Album: The Light Divine
Artist: Jenny Oaks Baker
Arranger: Kurt Bestor
Producer: Kenny Hodges

INSPIRATIONAL/CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING

The Handcart Song
Album: Bring Them In; Celebrating the Spirit of Trek
Artist: Michael Dowdle
Arranger: Michael Dowdle
Producer: Michael Dowdle

HOLIDAY RECORDING

His Endless Gift of Love
Album: Night of All Nights
Artist: Jessie Clark-Funk
Songwriter: Jeannine Lasky & Masa Fukuda
Producer: Greg Hansen

SACRED ALBUM

In Thy Hands
Artist: Tammy Simister Robinson
Producers: Greg Hansen & Tammy Simister Robinson

INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM

The Sum of All Grace
Artist: Mindy Gledhill
Producer: Kenneth Cope

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Railroad Blessing
Artist: Sam Payne
Producers: Steve Lemmon and Sam Payne

SACRED/CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Twenty-Five Beloved Hymns of Prayer & Faith
Artist: Michael Dowdle
Producers: Michael Dowdle

INSPIRATIONAL/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Janice Kapp Perry’s Celtic Variations
Creator: Janice Kapp Perry
Producer: John Perry and Greg Hansen

THEMED OR CONCEPT ALBUM

Emma’s Hymns
Artist: Mark Geslison & Geoff Groberg
Producers: Mark Geslison & Geoff Groberg

PRESENTATION OR SOUNDTRACK ALBUM

The Work & The Glory Soundtrack
Artist: Sam Cardon
Producer: Sam Cardon

HOLIDAY ALBUM

O Come Little Children
Artist: Enoch Train & The International Children’s Choir
Producer: Clive Romney & Enoch Train

COMPILATION ALBUM

Echoes of the Sabbath
Record Label: Tantara Records

MALE RECORDING ARTIST

Greg Simpson

FEMALE RECORDING ARTIST

Tammy Simister Robinson

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING ARTIST

Michael Dowdle

GROUP RECORDING ARTIST

Vocal Point

NEW RECORDING ARTIST

Mindy Gledhill

PRODUCER

Greg Hansen

SONGWRITER

Tammy Simister Robinson

PERFORMING ARTIST

Vocal Point

ARRANGER

Michael Dowdle

STUDIO MUSICIAN

Rich Dixon

STUDIO VOCALIST

April Meservy

STUDIO ENGINEER

Steve LeRud

BEST ALBUM DESIGN

Return to Nauvoo (Cindy Ferguson)

RADIO SHOW

Steven Kapp Perry (FM-100)

RECORD LABEL

Sounds of Zion

RETAIL MANAGER

Anette Dahl
(Jorgensen’s — Roy, Utah)