The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards first round nominees were today announced in Nashville. Presentation of awards in 22 key categories for the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show will be held on Friday, October 28, 2011 in Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The ballot, voted on by membership, includes a stellar array of major names in a broad array of categories that include entertainer, artist, new artist, song, songwriter, group, duo, musician, radio, radio station, film, and television honors.  Steve Richard has been nominated in the first round of three major categories:  Entertainer of the year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Inpirational Country Song of the Year for "Love's Gotta Go Somewhere."

Top 5 finalists in all categories will be announced on August 30th culminating in the October awards presentation announcements.

Force MP Entertainment recording artist Steve Richard follows his #1 Power Source hit “Eighty Acre Church” with one of the most heartfelt pieces on his current release, UP TO SOMETHIN. “Love’s Gotta Go Somewhere,” which was recently serviced to the Music Row stations and is already in the #6 spot on the Power Source Christian Country Chart, is a well crafted song that reads like life poetry, telling the story of love lost to the grave but the one left behind rejoices in the memory of the love of a lifetime.
 
“It’s a brilliant piece of songwriting,” says Steve, “It’s a lyric that tells a story from top to bottom. I was really excited to record it and glad we were able to put a string quartet on and have Sonya Issacs add her beautiful background vocals to it.”
 
The poignant new animated video couldn’t have been filmed at a more historic and interesting location than Dunaway Books. The St. Louis landmark was established in the late 1800’s and is still in business today and has one of the most diverse and largest selections of books in the state of Missouri, carrying fine used and out-of-print, rare volumes.  Just the perfect place and setting Steve's music video.
 


The opening scene depicts Steve in the book store selecting a rare animated book called  Love’s Gotta Go Somewhere. The storyline of the song and music video follow a gentleman who becomes a widower and to pass away the lonely hours he decides to plant his late wife’s favorite flowers, daisies, in his backyard in memory of her.  Soon he finds himself surrounded by friends and strangers who become friends, its a touching story and an even more touching video.
 
Directed by David Probst, the peice boasts thoughtful animated characters who come to life with the music and the song. The viewer really finds himself getting pulled into the story line, which evokes a subtle but meaningful emotional response to the images in the clip.
 
To experience Steve Richard's poignant debut clip and read the lyrics to the song, click here.

 

Love’s Gotta Go Somewhere

 

They said I didn’t know what to do

With my time or what to pour my heart into

After I lost her.

‘Cause all that love got bottled up,

And sittin’ ‘round the house day after day

Only made it worse.

 

But time goes by, and life goes on.

You can only hold it in so long -

 

Love’s gotta go somewhere.

 

So, knowin’ how much she loved flowers,

I planted her some daisies,

Oh, that late July dirt was dry and hard.

But once I started diggin’

I dug until I pretty much

Dug up the whole back yard.

 

Well, the neighbors must’a thought that I’d gone crazy,

But it all made perfect sense to me -

Love’s gotta go somewhere.

And every day I’ve come out here

For about the last five years -

Winter, spring, summer, fall.

And I can feel her here with me –

Who’s to say it couldn’t be?

Why not? ‘Cause after all

 

Love’s gotta go somewhere…Love’s gotta go somewhere.

 

I don’t know how it happened,

But people started stoppin’ by

To have a little look around.

And guys have popped “the Question” -

Ten have answered “yes” so far

And nine have already said their vows.

 

What makes this place so special, Heaven only knows,

But if you asked me why, I’d say, “Well, I suppose…”

 

Love’s gotta go somewhere…Love’s gotta go somewhere.

Love’s gotta go somewhere…Love’s gotta go somewhere.


Force MP Entertainment recording artist Steve Richard had a busy schedule during CMA Music Festival. The CCMA “New Artist Of The Year” started his week at the Hear the Music Live Golf Scramble with fellow country artists such as  Sherrie Austin, Jason Michael Carroll, Due West, One Night Rodeo, Jason Sturgeon, Katie Armiger and others.  After braving the very hot weather on the golf course at the Opryland Spring House Links all day, each artist treated the audience of teens to some great acoustic performances. The proceeds from the tournament go toward helping www.hearthemusiclive.org
 
Steve also performed at BB Kings in downtown Nashville, TN for the Christian Country Music Association also.  He sang his # 1 song “Eighty Acre Church” for the adoring audience and later had the opportunity to chat on camera with Laura Lynn from GO –TV.
 
The heat was REALLY on later in the week when Steve had the opportunity to “pit” himself against some other country music artists racing in the CMA Music Festival’s Power Zone on the Traxxas raceway. Traxxas prides itself in being the “fastest name in radio control.” These remote control race cars can reach speeds up to 60mph.  After the racing fun Steve had the opportunity to sign some autographs for the fans who were on hand to see the race.
 
Steve finished up his CMA Music Festival week signing autographs in the CMA Music Festival exhibit hall in the Farmers Feeding America booth and exhibit. This was quite fitting for Steve as he has been involved with the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and his single “Eighty Acre Church” helped benefit some FFA Chapters across the United States when he conducted a photo contest on his web site last year that garnered a lot of attention with more than 14 thousand unique visitors to his site during the contest run as a result.  Additionally, Steve’s brand new single “Love’s Gotta Go Somewhere” sparked a storm of interest due to the promotional download cards being presented to fans at the Farmers Feeding America booth and other events. The download cards contain a code for a FREE download but more than that, the card itself can be planted in the ground and will grow wildflowers. Very fitting for the song because in the story line the main character becomes a widower and decides to busy himself planting his late wife’s favorite flowers in the backyard. The result, love’s gotta go somewhere…
 
Watch for the new video "Love's Gotta Go Somewhere" to debut soon!
 

Steve Richard proudly points out Farmers Feeding America. He signed autographs in the booth at the CMA Music Fest exhibit hall and helped bring awareness to the organization.
 
 
Josh Marlowe tour manager and Steve Richard waiting  for the shot-gun start of the Hear The Music Live Golf  Scramble.
Steve Richard and guitarist Tim Mauldin at the "Hear the Music Live" Acoustic Jam following the golf  scramble that benefitted the organization.
Laura Lynn, from GO-TV, and Steve Richard chat backstage at BB Kings at the CCMA showcase where Steve performed earlier that day.
Hot off the raceway, Steve Richard and wife Rachelle check out the "hot" Traxxas race cars in the Traxxas booth.

Keep an ear open for Steve as he crosses the country on radio tour for his brand new single "Love's Gotta Go Somewhere"

After a busy week in Nashville at the CMA Music Fest, Steve spared no time getting back to work by starting another busy week on radio tour promoting his brand new single "Love's Gotta Go Somewhere," the follow up to his number one hit "Eighty-Acre Church."

 

Thank you to the stations below for their hospitality! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve and Kevin Horton @ WLAY "Shoals Country."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios with friends Noel and Mary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve rockin' the drums at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve and Fletcher Brown @ KIX 96 in Florence, Alabama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve with Grant Smith (L) and Ron Mosley (R) @ WKUL in Cullman, Alabama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve, Cubby and Tim @ Kowaliga Country in Alexander City, Alabama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve and Kenny Dean @ the Barnyard Jamboree in Alexander City, Alabama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shooter and Steve Richard @ WQSI in Auburn, AL.

 

Steve will be in Nashville for the CMA Music Festival and will be playing in the celebrity Hear the Music Live Celebrity Golf Scramble.  Hear The Music, is a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free live music experiences for foster youth and teens nationwide. Hear the Music Live was created to reach out to pre-teens and teens in foster homes and orphanages to give them the opportunity to attend a concert in their local area that they may otherwise never have the opportunity to see. To date they have sent over 5,000 foster children to concerts and expect to send over 10,000 more to concerts in 2011!


Steve is proud to be a part of the event -  ALL proceeds are going directly to live music programming for foster youth and teens! The Hear the Music Live Celebrity Golf Scramble brings together celebrities, golf enthusiasts and fans for a special event that starts with an 18 hole fun filled golf scramble and ends in the beautiful pavilion with an awards ceremony, luncheon and Acoustic Jam! Surprise collaborations by your favorite stars are expected!


If you are planning to be in Nashville for the CMA Music Fest and would like to support this great event here are the details (see below).  Hope you'll plan to join Steve, Andy Griggs, Steve Holy, Love & Theft, Sarah Darling, Jason Michael Carroll, Emerson Drive, Katie Armiger and lots of other country music celebrities at this great event!

 

Hear the Music Live Celebrity Golf Scramble
CMA FEST Week
Opryland USA Gaylord Spring Links
Tuesday June 7, 2011
Registration Begins at 7:00 AM
Tee-Off is at 8:30AM
Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in the Pavilion at 1:30-2:00PM
Acoustic Jam Begins at 3:00PM
Registration and sponsorship inquiries are being accepted now!  Contact Aimee White aimee_white@hearthemusiclive.org for more information on how you can get involved.