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BMI Christian Music Awards Proclaim Dottie Peoples’s ‘Testify’ Song of the Year

Posted in News on June 24, 2002

BMI saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s most performed Christian songs during the BMI Christian Music Awards last night, with highest honors reserved for Dottie Peoples’s “Testify,” songwriter/publisher Toby McKeehan, Achtober Songs, and EMI Christian Music Publishing. Paul Corbin, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, and Joyce Rice, Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, handed out the Citations of Achievement recognizing 28 songs among six categories, with the presentation culminating in the announcements of Christian Song, Songwriter, and Publisher of the Year (including all genres).


Onstage at BMI Nashville are BMI's Paul Corbin, Dottie Peoples, Toby McKeehan and BMI's Joyce Rice. photo by Richard Crichton


Staged at the company’s Music Row offices, the event spotlighted the top songs in the Adult Contemporary, Christian Hit Radio, Inspirational, Rock, Southern Gospel and Urban Gospel categories. Special performances were given by Dottie Peoples, Mark Schultz, and the quartet CrossWay for the crowd of two hundred writers, artists, and executives.


Dottie Peoples,
writer of song of the year

Toby McKeehan,
songwriter of the year

Dottie Peoples earned the BMI Crystal for Most Performed Christian Song of the Year as writer and publisher of “Testify." Published through Dottie Peoples Publishing and International Atlanta Music Company, “Testify” was recorded by The Talley Trio for their Southern Gospel album Testament, as well as by Peoples for her album God Can and God Will.

With three award songs, Toby McKeehan led all 38 writers to repeat as BMI Christian Songwriter Of The Year (he shared the 2001 honor with Steven Curtis Chapman). McKeehan, who records for Forefront Records as tobyMac and with Michael Tait and Kevin Max as dc talk, was cited for writing “All You Got” (AC & CHR), “Extreme Days” (Rock) and “Say The Words” (CHR). “All You Got,” recorded by Tait, appeared on both Tait’s Empty album and dc talk’s Solo EP. “Say The Words” was recorded by dc talk on their Intermission album; “Extreme Days” is from tobyMac’s debut solo effort, Momentum.

Songwriters recognized with two Citations each were Chris Eaton [PRS] (“Adore” and “Lift Me Up”) and Dottie Peoples (“Show Up and Show Out” plus “Testify”).

Placing three songs each on the most performed list, Achtober Songs and EMI Christian Music Publishing (through its companies River Oaks Music Company and Sparrow Song) shared the title of BMI Christian Publisher of the Year. As owner of Achtober songs, Toby McKeehan collected a second crystal obelisk for publishing his BMI Award songs. Casey McGinty and Chad Segura accepted on behalf of EMI Christian Music Publishing; this is EMI’s second consecutive victory.

Additional multiple award publishers were Boisseau Music Publishing, Dayspring Music, Dottie Peoples Publishing, International Atlanta Music Company, Lilly Mack Music, S. G. O. Music Publishing, Ltd., and Sony/ATV Songs LLC.

BMI’s Citations of Achievement are given in recognition of popularity in the field of Christian music, as measured by feature broadcast performances on American radio and television. The 2002 Christian Music Awards eligibility period ran January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.


Below is the complete list of 2002 BMI Christian Music Awards winners:

Adult Contemporary

ALL YOU GOT  (AC & CHR)

Chad Chapin 

Toby McKeehan
Michael Tait
  

Achtober Songs

CEC Animal Music

Out Of Twisted Roots Music
Tait: ForeFront Records

IN ME 

Ricky Jackson
Rebecca St. James: ForeFront Records

KEEP ON SHINING 

Tanya Leah
Ensign Music Corporation

Songs of Note Inc.

Titania Music

Natalie Grant: Curb Records

REMEMBER ME (AC & INSP)
Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz Music

Mark Schultz: Word Records


WONDERFUL ONE 

Eddie Carswell                                                     

Sony/ATV Songs LLC

New Song: Reunion Records

Christian Hit Radio



ALL YOU GOT  (AC & CHR)

Chad Chapin 

Toby McKeehan
Michael Tait
  

Achtober Songs

CEC Animal Music

Out Of Twisted Roots Music
 Tait: ForeFront Records

LIFT ME UP 
Chris Eaton
        
Dayspring Music

S.G.O. Music Publishing, Ltd.
Rachael Lampa: Word Records

 

LIVE OUT LOUD 

Steven Curtis Chapman
Peach Hill Songs
Sparrow Song
Steven Curtis Chapman: Sparrow Records

MISSING LOVE 
Joel Hanson
        
Careers BMG Music Publishing
River Oaks Music Co.
Winning Pitch Music

PFR: Squint Entertainment


SAY THE WORDS 

Toby McKeehan
Achtober Songs

dc talk: ForeFront Records


Inspirational


ADORE 

Chris Eaton

Dayspring Music

S.G.O. Music Publishing, Ltd.

Jaci Velasquez: Word Records


BECAUSE OF HIM 

Robert White Johnson
Radioquest Music Publishing

Al Denson : Spring Hill Music Group Inc.

EVERYTHING 

Wendi Foy Green
Susan Gray
   
B In The Basement Music

Boisseau Music Publishing

Gatticakes Music
Sierra: Pamplin Records

GLORY 
Jim Cooper

Boisseau Music Publishing

Jimmy Vision Music

Avalon: Sparrow Records

REMEMBER ME (AC & INSP)

Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz Music

Mark Schultz: Word Records


Rock


ALIEN YOUTH 
John L. Cooper
Photon Music

Skillet: Ardent Records

CAN'T ERASE IT 

Dan Haseltine

Charlie Lowell                                                     

Steve Mason

Matt Odmark

Bridge Building Music

Pogostick Music

Jars Of Clay: Essential Records


EXTREME DAYS  

Toby McKeehan                                                  

Michael Anthony Taylor
Achtober Songs

Meaux Mercy Publishing

tobyMac: ForeFront Records

HEY HEY 

Brent Milligan                                                     

River Oaks Music Co.

The Elms: Sparrow Records

WILL NOT FADE 

Bob Herdman

Will McGinniss

Mark Stuart
Flicker U.S.A. Publishing       

Audio Adrenaline: ForeFront Records

Southern Gospel

HE'D HAVE TO WALK THROUGH THE BLOOD  

Kenny and Beverly Sexton

Flying Angel Publishing

Novotny Music

The Freemans: Goldenvine Productions

JOY'S GONNA COME 

Rebecca Peck 
John Darin Rowsey
Centergy Music

Rejoice: Homeland Records

The Kingsmen:  Horizon Records

STAND STILL 

Rebecca Isaacs Bowman                                       

Sonya Isaacs Surrett

David Marshall

R.I. Bowman Music

The Isaacs: Horizon Records

TESTIFY 
Dottie Peoples
     
Dottie Peoples Publishing

International Atlanta Music Company

The Talley Trio: Horizon Records

Dottie Peoples:  Atlanta International Music Company

THAT'S NO MOUNTAIN  

Gerald Crabb
Crabb's Song Music
The Crabb Family: Family Music Group



Urban Gospel

GOD DID IT 

Evelyn Turrentine Agee

Obba Publishing

Evelyn Turrentine Agee: World Wide Gospel Music

IN THE SANCTUARY 

Kurt Carr
K Cartunes

Lilly Mack Music
Kurt Carr: GospoCentric

SAY A PRAYER 

Madeline Stone

CeCe Winans

Irving Music, Inc.

Little Pooky's Music

Sony/ATV Songs LLC

We Care Music

CeCe Winans: Wellspring Gospel


SHOW UP AND SHOW OUT 

Dottie Peoples

Dottie Peoples Publishing

International Atlanta Music Company

Dottie Peoples: Atlanta International Records

THANK YOU 

Kirk Franklin
Fox Film Music Corporation

Kerrion Publishing

Lilly Mack Music

Mary Mary:  Columbia Records

Kirk Franklin: GospoCentric