And the Dove goes to…………”In The Sweet By And By” – Dolly Parton (with Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley & Bradley Walker) for the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Song of The Year!!
I am thrilled to announce that we won a Dove Award with the legendary Dolly Parton, for the song, “In The Sweet By and By”, that I produced for the Country Faith Bluegrass album. I also had my Brothers, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle and Bradley Walker sing on it with me.
I have been blessed with multiple Dove nominations over the years. In 1989, at 29 years old, I won my very first Dove Award for “Inspirational Song of the Year” for a song called “His Strength Is Perfect”, co-written and originally recorded by my long-time friend, the incredibly talented Steven Curtis Chapman. Since then, I think I’ve been nominated close to a dozen times through the years. Now, thirty-three (33) years later, at 62, here is a second one. 33 years later. Crazy and Blessed.
Dolly is a truly precious National Treasure and I will forever be grateful to her for the opportunity to work with her. I want to thank her again for this, and I want to thank my dear brother and great musician Tom Rutledge (who is working with Dolly these days) for arranging for us to work together. It wouldn’t have happened without his involvement and trust in me.
Thanks also to Deborah Evans Price, Danny McGuffey and Bob DeMoss (owners of the Country Faith Brand) for partnering with us at Billy Blue to make this album and asking me to produce it.
To every musician who played on the record and to my brother, Chris Latham, who mixed and mastered the project, I love y’all and thank you all so much. . And, I want to thank all of the artists who appear on the album. It was such a pleasure to work with every single one of them.
Lastly, this never would have happened without the guidance, financial support, and motivation of Dottie Leonard Miller and Ed Leonard at Billy Blue Records. Working for and with these two have been such a Blessing in my life. I thank them both for their continued support.
Thanks so everyone who voted for our little song. God Bless!!