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BMI Christian Music Awards Honor the Genre’s Most Played Songs

Posted in News on April 20, 2008

Ed Cash Receives Song and Songwriter of the Year Honors

BMI saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s most performed songs on Christian radio and television during the annual Christian Music Awards tonight at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. BMI named versatile hit-maker Ed Cash the 2008 Christian Songwriter of the Year, while his composition “Made to Worship” garnered Song of the Year honors. BMI Vice President Jody Williams, along with Senior Director Thomas Cain and Associate Director Beth Mason, of BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations department in Nashville, presented awards spanning five categories: Christian Rock, Contemporary Christian, Inspirational, Urban Gospel and Southern Gospel.

Prior to the presentation of awards, perennial Christian music titans Jars of Clay, rising star Aaron Shust and fiery gospel artist Isaiah Thomas set the evening’s warm tone with soulful renditions of their award-winning songs.

photo The BMI Christian Awards’ big winners huddled together for a photo. Pictured are (l to r): BMI’s Phil Graham, Publisher of the Year Universal Music Publishing’s Dale Matthews, Songwriter of the Year Ed Cash and BMI’s Jody Williams.

Prolific producer and songwriter Ed Cash earned the BMI Songwriter of the Year crown thanks to his profound compositions “Made to Worship,” “Holding onto You,” and “How Can I Keep from Singing.” The stirring “Made to Worship” also garnered the BMI Song of the Year crystal for Cash; recorded by contemporary Christian favorite Chris Tomlin, the song was published by Alletrop Music.

photo Perennial favorites Jars of Clay perform at the 2008 BMI Christian Awards.

The ceremony also feted Publisher of the Year Universal Music Publishing Group. The award is determined by the highest percentage of copyright ownership in award songs. The company’s eight award-winning songs include “The Blessing of Abraham,” written by esteemed producer and chorale director Donald Lawrence, “Dead Man (Carry Me),” co-written and recorded by Jars of Clay, “My Savior, My God,” written and recorded by Aaron Shust, and “Imagine Me,” co-penned and recorded by contemporary gospel trendsetter Kirk Franklin.

photo Big winner Ed Cash salutes his inspiration.

Gospel luminary Donald Lawrence and ceremony performer Aaron Shust garnered two awards each. The night’s other big winners included genre-bender tobyMac; Christian rock outfit Red’s Jasen Rauch and Anthony Armstong; urban gospel star Kirk Franklin; Red producer Robert Graves; Jars of Clay members Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Steve Mason and Matt Odmark; 2007 BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year Mark Hall; Sanctus Real producer Chris Stevens and Sanctus Real member Dan Gartley; premier producer, arranger and musician Jay Joyce; Kingdom Heirs member Dennis Murphy; producer, songwriter and music minister Isaiah D. Thomas; gospel heavyweight Rodney Griffin; Needtobreathe’s Bo Rinehart; singer/songwriter Aaron Sprinkle; songwriter/producer Marc Byrd; gospel favorite Percy James Bady; songwriters Adam Kohout, Tery Wilkins, David Nasser, Jules “Juda” Bartholomew, Twila LaBar, Joel Lindsey, Belinda Lee Smith, Lisa Stewart Seals; and the McClurkin Project’s Andrea McClurkin-Mellini and Nate McNair.

photo Isaiah D. Thomas brings the house down.

In addition to Universal Music Publishing Group, publishers winning multiple awards were Alletrop Music, EMI Christian Music Group (Meaux Mercy Publishing, River Oaks Music Company), Lilly Mack Music, Asheville Music Publishing, Chris White Music, Q W Publishing, Sony/ATV Songs LLC and White Spot Publishing.

photo Aaron Shust delivers a charged performance.

Below is the complete list of 2008 BMI Christian Music Awards winners:

The Most Performed Songs on Christian Radio during 2007

ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY, EVERYTHING BUT TYPICAL
Adam Kohout
Tery Wilkins
Asheville Music Publishing
Chris White Music
Leah’s Heart Music
The Dove Brothers
Sonlite Records/Crossroads Music Group



THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM
Donald Lawrence
Q W Publishing
Universal Music-Z Songs
Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers
EMI Gospel



BREATHE INTO ME
Anthony Armstrong
Robert Graves
Jasen Rauch
Bridge Building Music
End of Silence Music
Logansong Music
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Red
Essential Records



BY HIS WOUNDS
David Nasser
Meaux Mercy Publishing
Redemptive Art Music
Glory Revealed feat. Mac Powell, Mark Hall, Brian Littrell and Steven Curtis Chapman
Reunion Records



DEAD MAN (CARRY ME)
Dan Haseltine
Charlie Lowell
Steve Mason
Matt Odmark
Bridge Building Music
Pogostick Music
Jars of Clay
Essential Records



DOES ANYBODY HEAR HER
Mark Hall
Club Zoo Music, Inc.
My Refuge Music
SWECS Music
Casting Crowns
Beach Street/Reunion Records



ENCOURAGE YOURSELF
Donald Lawrence
Q W Publishing
Universal Music-Z Songs
Donald Lawrence presents the Tri-City Singers
EMI Gospel



THE FACE OF LOVE
Dan Gartley
Christopher Stevens
Gotee Music, Inc.
Regisfunk Music
River Oaks Music Company
Sanctus Real
Sparrow Records



FAITHFUL IS OUR GOD
Jules “Juda” Bartholomew
Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir
Verity



GIVE IT ALL AWAY
Aaron Shust
Bridge Building Music
White Spot Publishing
Aaron Shust
Brash Music



GOD’S WORD
Dennis Murphy
Asheville Music Publishing
Chris White Music
Kingdom Heirs
Sonlite Records/Crossroads Music Group



HOLDING ONTO YOU
Ed Cash
Alletrop Music
Paul Colman
Inpop Records



HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING
Ed Cash
Alletrop Music
Chris Tomlin
Sparrow Records



I WILL BLESS THE LORD
Isaiah D. Thomas
Good Fellas Music Group LLC
Byron Cage
GospoCentric Records



IMAGINE ME
Kirk Franklin
Kerrion Publishing
Lilly Mack Music
Universal Music-Z Songs
Kirk Franklin
GospoCentric Records



MADE TO LOVE
Toby McKeehan
Achtober Songs
tobyMac
ForeFront Records



MADE TO WORSHIP
Ed Cash
Alletrop Music
Chris Tomlin
Sparrow Records



MY SAVIOR, MY GOD (2nd Award)
Aaron Shust
Bridge Building Music
White Spot Publishing
Aaron Shust
Brash Music



ORPHANS OF GOD
Twila LaBar
Joel Lindsey
Bridge Building Music
Upright Grand Music
Avalon
Sparrow Records



OVER AND OVER
Belinda Lee Smith
Seventh Row Music
Jeff and Sheri Easter
Word Entertainment



PAID IN FULL (THROUGH JESUS, AMEN)
Rodney Griffin
Songs of Greater Vision
Greater Vision
Daywind Records/Daywind Music Group



REAL TO ME
Jay Joyce
JoyJayce Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Nichole Nordeman
Sparrow Records



SHINE ON
Bo Rinehart
Needtobreathe Music
Needtobreathe
Sparrow Records



SKY FULL OF ANGELS
Lisa Stewart Seals
Potter’s Daughter Music
TaRanda Greene
Daywind Records/Daywind Music Group



STRONG TOWER
Marc Byrd
Aaron Sprinkle
Blue Raft Music
Flush on the Flop Music
Meaux Mercy Publishing
Spinning Audio Vortex, Inc.
Kutless
Tooth & Nail Records/BEC Recordings



UM GOOD
Percy James Bady
Lilly Mack Music
Smokie Norful
EMI Gospel



WE PRAISE YOU
Andrea McClurkin-Mellini
Nate McNair
Lilly Mack Music
Naymac Publishing
The McClurkin Project
GospoCentric Records

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