A local gospel group is seeing success after releasing their first CD in May.

Grace Justified is made up of a core group of singers from the worship team at Zion Temple Church of God in Christ who have been singing together for more than 10 years. They recently added a few more members and released their single, "Free."

Laura Thomas, who serves as a vocalist, manager, writer and promoter for the 13-member group, said a whirlwind of activity has surrounded them since the release. They have been traveling to other states to perform and to compete.

"We have been chosen to represent Arkansas in the All State Gospel Fest in Memphis on Aug. 8," she said. "We go to Tallahassee, Fla., on Sept. 20 for America’s Got Anointing, which is like America’s Got Talent for gospel groups."

Grace Justified has been nominated for three awards in the Gospel Music Love Awards presented by Angelic Records, Thomas said. They have been nominated for Contemporary Artist of the Year, Traditional Artist of the Year and Traditional Song of the Year. They will find out in March if they have won at the awards ceremony in North Carolina.

The group has two songs being played on 35 radio stations across the nation, Thomas said.

"We’ve had a lot of offers from major labels," she said. "Our song ‘Free’ is No. 1 on the charts. Our other single, ‘My Story’ is No. 6 on the same charts."

They also had the opportunity to perform with gospel comedian Marcel Adams on his Crushed Olive tour, she said.

Thomas added, "At the end of September we will be coming out with our second single."

Visit the group’s website at www.gracejustified.webs.com or on Facebook to vote for them for Artist of the Year. Their music may be purchased at their website, on iTunes, on Amazon and other popular music sites.

Other members of Grace Justified are musicians/composers Calvin Johnson and Bryan White; manager Ladonna Mitchell; booking agent Rhonda Boyd; lead singer Dorothy Carter; vocalists Audrey Barnes, Jessica Wiley, Vanessa Burton, Danielle Campbell and Ashley Walker; and musicians Donna Benton, Andre Robertson, Kevin Page, Marquis Boyd and Wayne Smarr.

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