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BMI Honors Christian Music’s Best at 2013 BMI Christian Awards

Posted in News on June 19, 2013
Pictured: Jason Roy of Building 429
Pictured: Jason Roy of Building 429

Broadcast Music, Inc. honored the top songs played on Christian radio during the past year at the 2013 BMI Christian Awards, held Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at BMI’s Nashville offices. The annual awards ceremony saluted the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most performed Christian rock, contemporary Christian, inspirational, southern and urban gospel songs on U.S. Christian radio.

Earning his first Christian Songwriter of the Year crystal, Carroll L. McGruder solidified his win with two songs appearing on the year’s most-performed list, the recent hits “I’m Going Home with Jesus” and “Saved by Grace.” Building 429’s Jason Roy earned the Christian Song of the Year honor for the smash “Where I Belong,” published by Havery Publishing and Sony/ATV Tree. With the highest percentage of copyright ownership among the year’s most-performed songs, Word Music Publishing (Dayspring Music) took home the Christian Publisher of the Year title.
                                                                     
“We are continually inspired by the messages of hope and faith spread through the Christian music community,” said BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations and awards co-host, Jody Williams. “BMI is privileged to represent and honor the best and brightest at our annual BMI Christian Awards.”

Williams and Associate Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Leslie Roberts served as the evening’s hosts. Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham joined his staff on stage for the presentation of the night’s top honors - Song, Songwriter, and Publisher of the Year. The invitation-only event kicked off with emotional performances by top Christian artists Building 429, Brandon Heath and Steven Curtis Chapman. Industry veteran Jim Van Hook received a special Citation of Appreciation from Williams, for his many years of service and tremendous impact on the Christian music community.

Here is a complete list of 2013 BMI Christian Award Winners:


10,000 REASONS (BLESS THE LORD)
Jonas Myrin
EMI CMG Publishing
Matt Redman

BE STILL
Yolanda Adams
Irving Music
Jam Yo Music
Yolanda Adams

CARRY ME TO THE CROSS
Mark Stuart
Jason Walker
68 Guns
Dayspring Music (BMI Christian Publisher of the Year)
Integrity’s Praise! Music
Kutless

COURAGEOUS
Mark Hall
My Refuge Music
Sony/ATV Tree
Casting Crowns

DO EVERYTHING
Steven Curtis Chapman
One Blue Petal Music
Primary Wave Brian
Steven Curtis Chapman

HE SAID
Manuel Reyes
Blanca Reyes Callahan
Dayspring Music (BMI Christian Publisher of the Year)
Group 1 Crew featuring Chris August

I FEEL GOOD
Phillip Feaster
Fred Hammond
Jonathan Miller
Calvin Rodgers
CJMS Music
Derek’s Kids
Face’s Launching Pad Publishing
Music Feast Productions
Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs
Fred Hammond

I NEED YOUR GLORY
Earnest Pugh
Black Smoke Publishing
Pughspen Music Publishing Co.
Earnest Pugh

I THIRST
Beverly Lowry
Homeward Bound Music
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (a tribute to Cathedral Quartet)

I’M GOING HOME WITH JESUS
Carroll L. McGruder (BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year)
Best Of Zion Music
the Worship Crew

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN
Bo Rinehart
Bear Rinehart
Needtobreathe Music
Needtobreathe

LIVE LIKE THAT
Dave Frey
Ben McDonald
Dayspring Music (BMI Christian Publisher of the Year)
Sidewalk Prophets

LOVE CAME CALLING
Wayne Haun
Joel Lindsey
Hefton Hill Music
PsalmSinger Music
Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs
Triumphant Quartet

LOVE COME TO LIFE
Jeremy Redmon
Jim Scherer
Dayspring Music (BMI Christian Publisher of the Year)
Red 91 Music
Songs Of Whizbang
Big Daddy Weave

ME WITHOUT YOU
Toby McKeehan
Chris Stevens
Achtober Songs
Chriscendo Music
Meaux Mercy Publishing
tobyMac

MY HEART SAYS YES
Troy Sneed
Shytro Publishing
Troy Sneed

REACH
Andrew Fromm
Southern Yankee Publishing
Peter Furler

SAVED BY GRACE
Carroll L. McGruder (BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year)
Rex Nelon Music Company
Triumphant Quartet

SOMETIMES I CRY
Gerald Crabb
Christian Taylor Music
Gerald Crabb’s Songs
Jason Crabb

SPIRITUAL
Donald Lawrence
Q W Publishing
Donald Lawrence

TURN AROUND
Matt Maher
EMI CMG Publishing
Valley Of Songs Music
Matt Maher

WE ARE
Chuck Butler
Ed Cash
Hillary McBride
James Tealy
HillaryMcBrideMusic
Jord A Lil Music
Wondrously Made Songs
Kari Jobe

WHAT A SAVIOR
Jeremiah Jones
Fair Trade Global Songs
Giant Impact LLC
Laura Story

WHEN THE STARS BURN DOWN (BLESSING AND HONOR)
Jennie Riddle
Integrity’s Praise! Music
Phillips, Craig & Dean

WHERE I BELONG (BMI Christian Song of the Year)
Jason Roy
Havery Publishing
Sony/ATV Tree
Building 429