Belmont University’s School of Music recently presented its annual Curtain Call Award to commercial music alumni and Grammy winners Alvin Love III (2007) and Dwan Hill (2008), who penned “Never Have to Be Alone” for former Belmont trustee Cece Winans. “Never Have to Be Alone” earned the 2018 Grammy for Best Gospel Performance/Song. Love also produced Winans’s album Let Them Fall In Love, which was named Best Gospel Album by the Grammys in 2018.
Hill also played piano for eight of the cuts on Christian artist Lauren Daigle’s Look Up Child and was approached afterward to work on a new arrangement for her rendition of “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”
The School of Music presented Love and Hill with the award on January 22 in the Massey Performing Arts Center, followed by a concert performed by Love and Hill and Belmont musicians Nathan Dugger on guitar, Rich Brinsfield on bass and Marcus Hill on drums. Winans joined the duo on stage to perform “Never Have to Be Alone.”
The Curtain Call Award was created in 1995 to honor commercial music alumni who are using the foundation gained at Belmont University to impact the world.
“Alvin and Dwan continue to exemplify Belmont’s values through leadership, faith and excellent musicianship. They work with not only each other, but with other School of Music alumni to create inspiring music that impacts others,” said Dean of the College of Music and Performing Arts Stephen Eaves. “From their Grammy winning co-write on ‘Never Have to Be Alone’ to Dwan’s work on Lauren Daigle’s arrangement of ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’ to their collaborations to create original worship music for Nashville Life Church and other churches, they are truly transforming the world. It was an honor to have Alvin and Dwan return to Massey Concert Hall to motivate and encourage our current students with their creative musical journey.”
Previous Curtain Call honorees include Melinda Doolittle, Josh Turner, Danny Wells, Akil Thompson and Tammy Rogers King.
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