BMI Nashville helped kick-off Gospel Music Week 2001, themed "Music Without Walls," by presenting the Songwriter Showcase on Sunday evening, April 22. The purpose of the event was "to showcase and celebrate songwriters," and the packed ballroom at the Hilton Suites was testament to the power of the music and messages. Nicole C. Mullen and Aaron Wiburn co-hosted.
BMI's Thomas Cain, John L. Cooper, Marc Byrd, BMI's Joyce Rice, Mark Schultz, Gerald Crabb, Aaron Wilburn and Nicole C. Mullen.
BMI writer/artists who performed were Songwriter and Song of the Year nominees Marc Byrd ("God Of Wonders"), Steven Curtis Chapman ("Dive") and Mark Schultz ("He's My Son"). Chart-topping writers of 2000 included John L. Cooper, from Rock, and Gerald Crabb, from Southern Gospel.
Marc Byrd with wife Christine, who sang back-up on "God Of Wonders"
Mark Schultz related the story that inspired "He's My Son"
Songwriter Showcase committee: Holly Zabka, Brentwood-Benson; Rick Cua, EMI Christian Music Publishing; RIchard Headen, Porr Richard's Publishing; Cindy Wilt, Word Music Publishing; Shawn Tate, EMI Christian Music Publishing; Joyce Rice, BMI; Niles Borop, Centergy Music. Committe chair Joe Shell of BMG Music Publishing is not pictured.
The Dove Awards were held on April 26.
photos by Alan Mayor