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Black Smoke Music Worldwide musical group, James Fortune & FIYA, won three Stellar Awards at the 26th Annual Stellar Awards ceremony that took place this past Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

The group beat out BeBe & CeCe Winans, among others, to earn the Best Contemporary Duo or Group of the Year Award. The group’s 2010 CD, “Encore,” won honors as Contemporary CD of the Year. Fortune personally won the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year accolade over such gospel mainstays as Fred Hammond, J. Moss, and Byron Cage. The TV broadcast will air in syndication from now through the spring.

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Fortune’s new CD, “I Believe Live,” is currently #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. His latest single, “I Believe,” has been #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for sixteen weeks and continues to encourage and inspire thousands of people around the country. Fortune & FIYA perform the song on The 11th Annual “Celebration of Gospel” TV special on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.

“This is America’s song,” says Black Smoke Music Worldwide CEO, Kerry Douglas. “It’s #1 because America is going through hard times. People are out of work, people are sick, the economy is bad but we all want to believe that things will get better and this song reminds us that with God’s help things will get better sooner than later. That’s why I keep saying this isn’t just a gospel song. This is a song for all of America.”

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