2023 BMI Christian Awards to Recognize Top Songwriters and Publishers on June 20th

Influential Southern Gospel Leader Dorothy Leonard Miller to receive the BMI Spotlight Award during invitation-only celebration

Posted in News on May 23, 2023

BMI announced today the 2023 BMI Christian Awards, which will take place at the organization’s Nashville location on June 20. Hosted by BMI’s AVP, Creative, Nashville, Leslie Roberts, BMI’s President & CEO, Mike O’Neill, and BMI’s VP, Creative, Nashville, Clay Bradley, the night will celebrate the top songs and music publishers behind this past year’s most-performed songs in Christian music.

BMI will crown the Christian Songwriter of the Year, Christian Song of the Year and Christian Publisher of the Year as the invitation-only event will pay special tribute to this year’s BMI Spotlight Award recipient, Dorothy Leonard Miller, for her unparalleled dedication to the genre and her illustrious career. As CEO/Founder of one of the first female owned and operated music businesses, Daywind Music Group and New Day Christian Distributors, she led the companies to become the predominant source for original content and distribution services for the Christian market. Since 1986, many top artists and songwriters in Southern Gospel music have found a home at Daywind Music, impacting millions of people annually through live performances, music sales, streams, radio, and television, including Greater Vision, Dianne Wilkinson, Karen Peck & New River, Jason Cox and more. In receiving the BMI Spotlight Award, Miller joins an exclusive group of honorees including Randy Edelman, Frank Gari and Mike Post.

“Dottie’s dedication and passion for Christian music is something to marvel at,” BMI’s AVP, Creative, Nashville, Leslie Roberts said. “She started this idea in her garage decades ago and her faith, hard work and determination have led her to become one of the most successful people in this business. It’s truly an honor to have the chance to highlight her impactful contributions at the BMI Christian Awards along with so many other meaningful creators in our community.”


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