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THE 17TH ANNUAL INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES BY LEE GREENWOOD, RICKY SKAGGS, JOEY & RORY, AND THE ROYS!
Nashville, TN (July 14, 2011) - On October 28th, The Schermerhorn Symphony Center will host the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards, and taking the stage will be some of today's most beloved Inspirational Country artists including Lee Greenwood, Joey & Rory, and returning ‘ICM Faith, Family & Country Award' winners Ricky Skaggs and The Roys.

With four Inspirational Country Music Awards including the 2010 ICM/Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year, 2008 and 2009 Mainstream Country Artist of the Year and 2008 Musician of the Year, Skaggs is no stranger to the event.  In his upcoming July 19th release, Country Hits Bluegrass Style, Skaggs pays homage to both his country and bluegrass roots by featuring 14 classic country songs recorded in bluegrass style, sure to garner further national attention. In addition to his ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards, Skaggs has won a total of 8 ACM Awards, 8 CMA Awards, and 14 Grammy Awards.

A special segment during the ceremony will feature songsmith Lee Greenwood, writer of one of the most recognizable songs in America history, to honor the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 in remembrance of those affected by the tragedy. Throughout Greenwood's illustrious career he has recorded over 20 albums, sold millions and charted more than 35 singles. Greenwood's latest body of work, I Want You In My World, is an EP of seven songs including two self-written tracks, set to release on July 25th.

Returning to the show will be reining two-time Inspirational Country Vocal Duo of the Year, The Roys. Their most recent album Lonesome Whistle has taken the bluegrass world by storm, with the album debuting at #7 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts, and the single, "Coal Minin' Man", reaching #1 on the European Hotdisc Chart. "Coal Minin' Man” currently resides in the Top 10 in both the Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles charts, and holds the #1 position on the Power Source Bluegrass Chart.

Another great addition to the night's line-up includes husband and wife duo, Joey & Rory, who won the heart of America on the 2008 season of CMT's Can You Duet.  Joey and Rory received the 2010 ACM Top New Vocal Duo Award and currently have a new album aptly titled Album Number Two, which continues to showcase their down-to-earth values. With songs featuring love and faith mixed with cowboys, fame, and the working man, Joey and Rory captivate listeners once again.

Preceding the awards show, the first-ever PINK Carpet Gala Event will take place as breast cancer survivors, country artists, celebrities and more join to celebrate and raise awareness for the cause. During the ceremony, orchestra seating will be filled with breast cancer survivors, each of which will be sponsored by a family member, friend, or business. For more information on sponsoring a Breast Cancer Survivor, please contact Ray Henson at 615-742-9210 x229 or visit www.ICM-awards.com.

The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be hosted by popular television personalities Storme Warren and Megan Alexander and will be held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. Additional events for ICM-Faith, Family & Country Week (Oct 24-28) will be held at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel and will include the Power Source No. 1 Party, daily and nightly showcases, the 2011 Talent Contest and the 2011 Songwriting Contest, as well as seminars, worship services, retail exhibits, and much more! For more information please visit www.ccma.cc.

The annual Inspirational Country Music Awards are dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Christian and Inspirational Country Music. Inspirational music is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country™. The member-voted ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Show is the keynote event of Inspirational Country Music Week, in Nashville, TN. Past shows have included performers such as: Hank Williams Jr., Ricky Skaggs, Randy Houser, Craig Morgan, Point of Grace, Wynonna, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bellamy Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Andy Griggs, Jamie O’Neal, Lonestar, Merle Haggard, and more!

Inspirational Country Music Week is brought to you by Kyser Musical Products.

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