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Reverend Mike McClure, who plays sensational singer Pastor Mike Jr., became a household name outside of the gospel genre after dominating the 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards on July 16 in Atlanta.

The 38-year-old pastor of Rock City Church in Forestdale, Alabama, won in six of the eight categories in which he was nominated.

He picked up wins as Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Contemporary Male Artist of the Year. His works were honored as Contemporary Album of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for “I Got It: Single’s Ministry Vol. 1.”

McClure recently ranked her third consecutive No. 1 song on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart with “Amazing,” a religious cover of Gnarles Barkley’s 2006 hit song “Crazy.”

He performed “Amazing” at the 2021 Stellar Awards, where he was named Artist of the Year. The song was number one for two weeks in May 2022. He also performed it during a 2022 Super Bowl Gospel concert broadcast in Los Angeles special with CeeLo Green.

McClure told the Christian Post that her story is rooted in church and gospel music.

Her grandfather, Bishop Calvin Woods, was the president of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He added that he leads worship during his father’s ministry and revival events.

“All my life. I loved God,” he said.

“I come from a family rich in traditions. My father was a pastor, so serving God and loving people is in my DNA.”

He said his goal was to “push [people] to Jesus.

“Gospel music is the only kind of music where the message plus the melody equals a miracle. For me, the problem is not the music. It’s not the gospel. Sometimes we have this weird way of making people feel unworthy of the gospel,” he said.

CeCe Winans, Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music also had triumphant nights, taking home three awards respectively.

Winans’ album “Believe For It” helped her win Producer of the Year, Praise & Worship Album of the Year, and Praise & Worship Song. worship of the year. Winans led all nominees with a total of nine nominations.

McReynolds and Mali Music’s collaborative EP, “Jonny x Mali: Live in LA EP,” won Duo/Chorus of the Year, Contemporary Duo/Chorus of the Year, and Special Event Album. year.

Tamela Mann and Ricky Dillard each won two awards.

Dillard received the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award. Singer Candi Staton received the Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Ambassador Award and producer Aaron Lindsey received the Aretha Franklin Icon Award.

The Stellar Awards will premiere at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 7 on BET, BET Her and BET International. The show will be syndicated in local markets between August 13 and September 11, 2022.