It was a night of celebration and fellowship for numerous BMI affiliates at the 38th annual GMA Dove Awards, held Wednesday, April 25 at the Grand Ole Opry house in Nashville. New singer/songwriter Aaron Shust made his arrival in Christian music official, taking home prestigious Song, Songwriter and New Artist of the Year honors. Shust, who co-wrote the award-winning “My Savior My God,” made waves with his debut Anything Worth Saying, and will release Whispered and Shouted June 5.
Perennial Christian music pacesetters Casting Crowns won Group of the Year, while their frontman and 2007 BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year Mark Hall was honored for co-writing the Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, “Praise You in this Storm.”
Prolific producer and songwriter Ed Cash scored the 2007 Producer of the Year title and was also recognized for his work with Chris Tomlin. Urban gospel favorite Kirk Franklin’s “Imagine Me” was named Urban Recorded Song of the Year, while noted singer and songwriter Israel Houghton received Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song and Album of the Year awards.
Christian rock crew DecembeRadio nabbed Rock Album of the Year for their self-titled project, while long-admired rockers Jars of Clay snagged Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year for Good Monsters.
Additional BMI winners included Steven Curtis Chapman, Aaron Sprinkle, Rob Graves, Tia Sillers, Bill Anderson, Aaron Lindsey, Wayne Haun, Kevin Ward, Keith Stegall, Fred Jerkins III, Tommy Sims, producing power trio PAJAM, Antonio Neal, Avriele Crandle, Otto Price, Ronald Owen and Charlie Hall.
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Christian/gospel music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music of all styles including pop, rock, praise & worship, black gospel, r&b, hip-hop, southern gospel, country, and more. The GMA community consists of 4,000 members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Music Week, GMA Music in the Rockies, and the GMA Academy. For more information, please visit http://www.gospelmusic.org/