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UMobile Prof Receives Dove Award as Musical Director on Best Children's Album

University of Mobile Director of Instrumental Studies Kenn Hughes has received a Dove Award for Best Children’s Album of the Year in 2012 for his work as musical director for Denver & the Mile High Orchestra on the album, “Groovy.”

The Dove Awards, presented by the Gospel Music Association, recognize outstanding achievement in the Christian music industry. The ceremony features live musical performances and are broadcast on the Gospel Music Channel. While the Dove Award was announced in 2012, Hughes recently received the Dove Award trophy, which he displays in his office in Martin Hall on the Christian university campus.

The winning album, “Groovy,” is a collection of children’s songs written and performed in the distinct horn-driven style that is as popular with parents, as it is with their children.

“This award is a great accomplishment for the band and represents many years of hard work and dedication, both individually and collectively. I am incredibly blessed to work with some wonderful musicians and thankful for those relationships,” said Hughes, an assistant professor of music in the UMobile Center for Performing Arts and director of RamCorps and Jazz Band. “I’m grateful for the privilege to take these experiences and invest into our students at the university.”

Hughes continues to perform with Denver & the Mile High Orchestra on select dates, including a rare upcoming opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall on April 11, 2013.

The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. Approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.

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Story and photo by Ashley Holmes, media relations intern

University of Mobile Assistant Professor of Music Kenn Hughes with Dove Award

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