South Bend pastor nominated for Grammy

Along with popular musicians Kelly Clarkson and Jay-Z, a South Bend native is up for a Grammy award on Sunday.

Jonathan Miller is a senior pastor at Faith Apostolic Ministries on South Bend's west side.

He co-wrote Fred Hammond's song "I Feel Good", which is up for Best Gospel Song.

"He called me and he said, 'Man, I've heard some of your music, come down let's work together,'" Miller said. "So, I flew to Dallas, we worked on the song, we worked on the album and he said, 'We're missing one song, we need a song that kind of makes everyone feel good.'"

That's when the pair came up with the song, which is meant to leave people with a positive message.

Miller says it took several hours to write, but barely made it on to the album.

"It ended up being a song we didn't think we would put on the album, but, at the last minute, we did," Miller said. "And, I'm glad we did. Because it's nominated for a Grammy now."

While Miller got an invitation to the awards, he'll stay in South Bend so he can lead church on Sunday morning.

After that, he'll be watching the Grammys from home.

"I am a pastor and I had to prioritize, so I'm here," he said. "But, just being nominated was enough. I'm honored."

Miller's entire family is rooting for him to win, but he says it doesn't really matter.

Because, just being nominated -- now that feels good.

"The other day I listened to it and I was like wow, this is nominated for a Grammy," Miller said. "That's pretty cool."

The Grammy for Best Gospel Song will be presented during the pre-show Sunday.


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