The Journal Gazette
Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:00 am


Daigle wins top awards in gospel

Associated Press

Grammy-winning singer Lauren Daigle reigned at the 50th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards on Tuesday, winning artist of the year, song of the year and pop/contemporary album of the year.

The 28-year-old Louisiana-born artist was the leading artist nominee coming into the awards show and marks her second artist of the year win in just three years.

“Just to see the support of so many people, it's really, really moving. It's overwhelming,” Daigle said after winning song of the year.

Daigle will perform at Memorial Coliseum on June 19.

'Grease' spinoff

A spinoff series inspired by the 1978 movie musical “Grease” has been ordered by HBO Max.

The streaming service said Tuesday that “Grease: Rydell High” will be set in the 1950s, the same era as the film, and will include new and familiar characters. The music also will be a mix, with '50s songs and new original tunes.

HBO Max debuts in spring 2020. It is among several new streamers, including ones from Disney and Apple, that will be competing for customers with familiar and high-profile projects.

The spinoff's cast and debut date weren't announced.

Hit Men honored

A New Jersey-based group of former A-list session musicians that has toured together since 2012 is receiving an award.

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is giving the Hit Men its “Road Warrior” award this month. The group will play a concert in Nashville on Oct. 28.

The hall of fame recognizes the often-unsung musicians who have backed legendary pop performers.

Former members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons initially formed the Hit Men in northern New Jersey and began touring to capitalize on the success of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys,” which showcased Valli's music and career.

Giving list

The Journal Gazette will publish wish lists from established 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio that seek donations to directly assist people in need.

Lists should be sent to with the subject line “Journal Gazette Giving.” Include a group name, mission, address, phone number and needs, including drop-off times and locations for donations.

Deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 1. Call Jessica Garvin at 461-8364 or email with questions.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Michael McKean is 72. Actor George Wendt is 71. Singer Alan Jackson is 61. Comedian Norm Macdonald is 56. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 51. Singer Wyclef Jean is 50. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick is 48. Rapper Eminem is 47. Actress Sharon Leal is 47. Actress Felicity Jones is 36. Actor Chris Lowell is 35.

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