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Apr. 21, 2013 - DETROIT -- In unprecedented style, Christian rock band SWEET CRYSTAL made it a “clean sweep” at the 22nd Annual Detroit Music Awards Show (DMA) on Friday, April 19, 2013, winning all five awards in the “Outstanding Gospel/Christian” category. For the third year in a row, the band took home the “Outstanding Gospel/Christian Act” award, solidifying their hold on that prestigious category. This turned out to be just the first of five awards they were about to garner.
Keyboardist and lead singer Marq Andrew Speck was then awarded “Outstanding Gospel/Christian Vocalist”, “Outstanding Gospel/Christian Songwriter” and shared the award for “Outstanding Gospel/Christian Musician”, to make it four for four at the DMA pre-show. What came next at the live concert awards ceremony turned out to be even sweeter for these musicians. SWEET CRYSTAL opened the DMA show with a live performance in front of the nearly one thousand attendees packing the Fillmore Theater in downtown Detroit. The band (Marq Andrew Speck-keyboards/vocals; Bill Blatter–guitar; Steve Wieser-drums; Marty Zarski-bass) picked up their 5th award for “Outstanding Gospel/Christian Recording”. Their song “Nothing Here (For You To Fear)” from the feature film “War Flowers” made it five for five wins, creating the first awards “sweep” in SWEET CRYSTAL’s career. “Absolutely surreal and humbling” says Speck about the night’s outcome. “To be nominated and in the company of some of Detroit’s best musicians is one thing; to walk away with all these awards…knowing that we won because others support us, believe in what we are doing and then vote for us…what a blessing.” Sweep – it’s not just for sports anymore. Just ask SWEET CRYSTAL.