Tonja Rose added to her collection of Diamond Awards over the weekend at Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford, AL where 2020 Diamond Award presentations were made. The presentation of the awards had been previously postponed due to COVID restrictions last year but were finally presented in 2021 ceremonies emceed by Dave Taylor of KWFC radio in Springfield, Missouri and Josh Franks of Savannah, Tennessee.
Tonja walked away with two award this year for Christian Country Song of the Year (“I’m Not Who I Used To Be”) and
Gospel Music Today Video of the Year (“I’m Not Who I Used To Be”). The song was a Top 10 chart song in 2020 across the SGN Scoops Bluegrass, SGN Scoops Christian Country and Singing News Bluegrass Top 10 charts. The video also garnered the attention of CCM Magazine and was highlighted in the ‘Best Thing I Heard Today’ column by Ross Cluver.
“I’m Not Who I Used To Be” was written by Tonja Rose and Erin Ashleigh and recorded and released by Mansion Entertainment on Tonja’s ‘Me, Jesus & The Highway’ album (co-produced with John Mathis Jr.). Luke Price Studios directed and produced the video which features John Williams in the story line (the uncle of co-writer Erin Ashleigh) portraying the journey of his own life story of being homeless and suffering from addiction. John is graduate of the 3:16 Mission Recovery in Tulsa, OK program and works with the program to help others overcome addiction. The video was shot at the Historic King’s Chapel in Arrington, TN (built in 1804) and downtown College Grove, TN.
This brings Tonja’s Diamond Award wins to a total of 4 in the last two years which includes 10 nominations. For a full list of 2020 Diamond Award winners: SGN Scoops 2020 Diamond Award Winners