Lipscomb plays host to Dove Awards for sixth year in a row

Lipscomb plays host to Dove Awards for sixth year in a row

Lipscomb welcomed some of the biggest names in Christian music for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards Tuesday for a night of celebrating music and worshipping God. Gospel Music Association President Jacki Patillo introduced the theme for the evening as “Reverent Wonder,” based on Luke 5:26. Artists throughout the night spoke on what the theme meant to them and how it impacted their music. For King and Country kicked off the evening with a performance from their new album Burn the Ships, which just reached No. 7 on the Gospel Music Chart. Joel and Luke Smallbone spoke on the inspiration for the album and how important it is to know when to move on. Despite the heavy topic, the pair hope to create a dynamic show. “Art is meant to be creative and lawless and exciting,” Joel Smallbone said. “Hopefully with the show and with the record you feel that sense.” Video Package by Erin Franklin and Cavin Jacobson Cory Asbury takes home first Dove Award of the evening Cory Asbury took home the first Dove Award of the evening for Song of the Year for his song “Reckless Love.” The artist started tearing up on stage as he accepted his award as he reflected on the challenges that led him here. “Isn’t it just like the Lord to take our failures and turn it into something beautiful,” Asbury said. After performing during the show, the rising star took home the “Worship Song of the Year” award as well as the “Worship Album of the Year.” He shared how his song has impacted people struggling with suicidal thoughts and...
Dove Awards to return to Lipscomb stage next Tuesday

Dove Awards to return to Lipscomb stage next Tuesday

 If you are a returning student this year, you’ll probably remember that it’s almost time for Allen Arena to roll out the red carpet and welcome 2018’s biggest Christian artists for the 49th Annual Dove awards on October 16th. The GMA Dove Awards will be hosting its 6th annual show on Lipscomb’s campus starting with the red carpet walk. The Gospel Music Association just announced the all-star presenters for this year’s show with familiar names such as Bill Gaither, Chris Tomlin, Matthew West and several other previous winners. The performance lineup for this year’s awards features some of the biggest names in Christian music such as Lauren Daigle, Newsboys, Rascal Flatts and, a Lipscomb favorite, For King and Country. Among the top artists are this year’s rising stars Cory Asbury, Tori Kelly and several other performers. This year’s nominees have been released with a big spotlight on the Song of the Year and Artist of the Year awards. The songs “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury and “So Will I” by Hillsong Music are the favorites this year for the Song of the Year Award. Both have also been nominated for Worship song of the year. Notable artists NEEDTOBREATHE, Hillsong UNITED and MercyMe are the favorites for this year’s Artist of the Year Award. With Cory Asbury and Mosaic MSC pulling ahead for New Artist of the Year. Several Lipscomb students are volunteering in a variety of roles, such a “seat fillers” for the Dove Awards. Make sure to watch for parking updates as spaces are reserved and campus is flooded with award attendees. Keep up with Lumination for continued...
Live on the Green music festival kicks off; student Myron Sailors enters LOTG lip sync contest

Live on the Green music festival kicks off; student Myron Sailors enters LOTG lip sync contest

Additional reporting by Erin Franklin August is here, and that means one of Nashvillians’ favorite summer things to do is back: Live on the Green. Lipscomb student Myron Sailors is just one of those Nashvillians who is especially looking forward to the festival. The free concert series kicks off August 9 and continues every Thursday until the three-day finale on Labor Day Weekend. This annual Music City festival is sponsored by the Lightning 100 radio station and features over 30 artists. To build some excitement for the upcoming festival, Lightning 100 is holding a lip sync competition for participants to potentially win VIP season passes to Live on the Green. The winner is decided by fan votes, and Lipscomb student Sailors is currently enjoying a slight lead in the competition. “VIP passes gets me access to stage-side viewing areas and bathrooms that aren’t Porta-Potties — bless up,” Sailors said. To vote for Sailors’ video, readers can click here. “I definitely felt inspired by the many great performances that I’ve seen celebrities give on Lip Sync Battle, but my motivation to work hard for what I want definitely has to be credited to my mom,” Sailors said, adding, “She probably wouldn’t be too happy that I took time off of studying for my organic final to put this together instead.”   Sailors noted that he thinks people should vote for him because of his dedication and long-time support of the music festival. “Honestly the song sells itself, but I feel like I should win because I’ve been a loyal Live on the Green attendee since I was a wee sophomore...
Rachel Smiley joins staff as new Housing Coordinator, Director of Student Services

Rachel Smiley joins staff as new Housing Coordinator, Director of Student Services

Rachel Smiley joined the Lipscomb community this summer, not only as the new Housing Coordinator (succeeding Andrea Breland), but also as the Director of Student Services, a newly created role designed to assist students. Smiley’s office, as well as Louis Nelms’ office, is being moved to the newly renovated Student Services Center in what used to be Zebi’s Lounge. “Instead of you all having to go around campus to financial aid, to business, to athletics, you come straight to me, and I’m the liaison now between all departments,” Smiley said. “So when students have questions, I’m able to help them instead of them having to run to all the departments.” Smiley has a degree in criminal justice, psychology and sociology and is a full-time real estate agent. Her two children attend Lipscomb Academy, and she previously substitute taught there before getting her job at the university. “I love the environment, and I love that it’s a Christian organization, and I can bring my faith on-campus without being shunned or ridiculed,” Smiley said. “Everybody has been very helpful, very gracious and very forgiving.” Smiley’s role extends beyond the traditional aspects of the job, and she noted that she hopes to build relationships with the students. “I  accepted this position knowing what my role was but not knowing how to do that, so I was able to create what that looked like,” Smiley said. “My highest expectation is making sure the students are taken care of.” After working within the Student Life and Housing departments, Smiley said she noticed a lack of trust between the different departments, especially the admissions department....
Men’s Basketball scheduled to play Louisville in non-conference game

Men’s Basketball scheduled to play Louisville in non-conference game

After their groundbreaking season last year, Lipscomb men’s basketball team is scheduled to play the Louisville Cardinals in a paid non-conference game on December 12 at the KFC Yum Center. Lipscomb’s Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson said that the basketball schedule has not been released due to contracts waiting on finalization. However, the Louisville Cardinals 2018-2019 schedule has been released and features the Bisons for a guaranteed game. “A lot of Division I schools are trying to find good competition in their non-conference schedule to play,” Hutcheson said. “We were both looking for a game on the same day and worked it out.” The men’s basketball team has gained a lot of attention this past season after making it into the NCAA tournament for the first time in history. In playing Division I teams like North Carolina and Louisville, the players have a chance to gain exposure and show that Lipscomb is a competitive team. “They are a well-known program, and they have a great fan following,” Hutcheson said. “If we can go up there and win, that would be a great promotion for our program.” According to the athletic department, the reports speculating Lipscomb will receive over 250 thousand dollars for this game are inaccurate, stating that non-conference games usually range around 80-100 thousand dollars. Lipscomb Athletics is unable to release the amount of money the department is being paid. However, according to the Louisville Courier Journal report, the Cardinals will be paying a total of 270,000 to play three different non-conference games this season, including Central Arkansas and Kent State. “It not only helps basketball, but it helps...