CIU Alumna Wins Three Dove Awards

April 23, 2012

What if your blessings come through raindrops?   What if your healing comes through tears? 

Those are questions we often avoid pondering.  But for 2003 Columbia International University alumna Laura Story, those questions are real life. 

Story, a Christian singer/songwriter made those questions the theme of a song titled “Blessings,” written after her husband Martin Elvington developed a brain tumor in 2006.  Story says the song is a reminder that God remains faithful even when He doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want Him to.

But little did Story know that the song would earn her a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song in February, and three Dove Awards in April.  She took home the Dove for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for "Blessings." The title track of that album also won both Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song categories.    

The Dove Awards are sponsored by the Gospel Music Association (GMA).  The 4,000-member GMA is dedicated to promoting the gospel through a variety of music styles.

Soon after receiving her Grammy Award, Story announced that she and Martin are expecting their first child.  At the Dove Awards she announced that they had just learned that day that the baby is a girl.

"She'll be my new release," Story joked with the media. 

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Story recently sat down with Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Melissa Ruggieri at a Starbucks near Laura’s home in suburban Atlanta.  Join in on their chat at: