DENISE JONES OF POINT OF GRACE TALKS ABOUT THE GROUP'S MUSIC
Q: Can you talk about your recent Dove Award nomination for “Best Country Album of the Year”? Were you excited or surprised that your album “A Thousand Little Things” received a nomination in the country album category?
A: You never get tired of being recognized for something you've done. You've put your blood and your sweat and your tears in. We've been together over 20 years now, and to have a career and even be mentioned in such a list is still amazing to me that we get that opportunity.
Our music has transformed a little bit due to the fact that when Heather retired with her babies, taking four singers to three, there's just a different sound. I think just kind of where we are personally, that more country Americana kind of sound is just more natural to us. We're not going to do dances anymore (laughing).
We're at that age where we want to think about life, and there are such storytellers in country music. We have a story to tell. I mean, we are 44. When we first started we were 20! We've come a long way. All of that experience that we've had over the last 20 years takes shape in our music.
This nomination is an honor. It's voted on by people you are in business with, all those other singers that are out there. To be recognized in a genre is wonderful.
(The 44th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards will be Oct. 15 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.)
Q: What's next for Point of Grace?
A: We have a very busy Girls of Grace season. Also, we'll be out on our Christmas tour. We also have a new record coming out in Cracker Barrel (Country Store and Restaurant) for Christmas. It's a compilation of several of our Christmas songs. It's exciting to us. We love Cracker Barrel. It's an exclusive in Cracker Barrel stores. We will be doing a new record next year. We're not sure what that's going to look like. We are toying with some ideas. We stay busy. In the midst of that, we're all moms and loving that side of life as well.
Carla Hinton, Religion Editor