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GMA Names Crabb, Graham and Hall To Top Songwriter List

Posted in News on April 9, 2005
BMI affiliates Gerald Crabb, Brendan Graham (IMRO) and Mark Hall have been nominated for 2005 Songwriter of the Year by the Gospel Music Association (GMA). The winner will be named during the 36th Annual GMA Music Awards show on April 13, staged at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

Gerald Crabb Brendan Graham Mark Hall

All three were also praised when the main slate of Dove nominations were announced in February, including nods in the Song of the Year category. Crabb, a prolific Southern Gospel songwriter and father of the Crabb Family children, wrote the group's "Through the Fire." Graham co-wrote "You Raise Me Up," recorded by Selah. Hall, who won the GMA Songwriter of the Year prize in 2004, wrote "Who Am I" for his seven-times nominated group, Casting Crowns.

Founded in 1964, the 4,500-member Gospel Music Association is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music. The GMA represents all styles of gospel music including contemporary pop, rock, urban gospel, praise & worship, Southern gospel, country and children's gospel music. The GMA produces the GMA Music Awards, which recognize achievement in all genres of gospel music and are voted on by members of the GMA.