Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns Enjoy Big Wins at 09 Dove Awards

Posted in News on April 24, 2009

Perennial favorite Steven Curtis Chapman walked away with the Artist of the Year crown at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards, held Thursday, April 23 in Nashville. Also named Songwriter of the Year, Chapman has garnered more Dove Awards than any other artist in the history of the awards ceremony, including 7 Artist of the Year honors and 10 Songwriter of the Year titles. Casting Crowns took home the most awards of the evening, earning three awards including their fifth consecutive Group of the Year honor. The legendary Alabama took home two awards: Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for “Free At Last” and Traditional Gospel Album, Down in New Orleans. Jeff and Sheri Easter also took home two trophies for Bluegrass Recorded Song and Bluegrass Album, while 2008 BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year Ed Cash earned two awards for his production contributions to Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song and Inspirational Album of the Year.

Other BMI winners include Kirk Franklin, who took home Urban Album of the Year honors for The Fight of My Life; Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song “Washed by the Water” recorded by Needtobreathe and co-written by band member Bo Rinehart; Group 1 Crew for Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year; and DecembeRadio’s Satisfied for Rock Album of the Year.

For more information and a complete list of winners from the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards, please visit

2009 BMI GMA Dove Award Recipients

ARTIST OF THE YEAR Steven Curtis Chapman

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR Steven Curtis Chapman

GROUP OF THE YEAR Casting Crowns

ROCK/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG “Washed by the Water”; The Heat; NEEDTOBREATHE; co-written by Bo Rinehart; Atlantic Records

SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG “Reason Enough”; Dream On; Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; co-written by Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun; Gaither Music Group

BLUEGRASS RECORDED SONG “They’re Holding Up The Ladder”; We Are Family; Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers; Russell Easter, James Easter, Edd Easter; Daywind Records

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL RECORDED SONG “Free At Last”; Down In New Orleans; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Traditional; Time Life Music

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL RECORDED SONG “How Great Is Our God”; How Great Is Our God; LaRue Howard; co-written by Ed Cash; EMI Gospel

RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM (album; artist; producer; label) Ordinary Dreamers; Group 1 Crew; co-produced by Christopher Stevens; Fervent Records

ROCK ALBUM Satisfied; DecembeRadio; Slanted Records

POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM Revelation; co-produced by Howard Benson; Essential Records

INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM Great God Who Saves; produced by Ed Cash; INO Records

BLUEGRASS ALBUM We Are Family; Ricky Jeff & Sheri Easter, Easter Brothers; co-produced by Jeff Easter and Sheri Easter; Daywind Records

URBAN ALBUM The Fight of My Life; Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin; Zomba Gospel

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUM Down in New Orleans; The Blind Boys of Alabama; produced by Chris Goldsmith; Time Life Music, Integrity Music

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM Change the World; Martha Munizzi; co-produced by Aaron Lindsey and Israel Houghton; Martha Munizzi Music

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian; Various; produced by Harry Gregson-Williams; Walt Disney Records

CHILDREN’S MUSIC ALBUM Absolute Modern Worship for Kids 4; Various; Fervent Records

SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM Rescatame; Seventh Day Slumber; co-produced by Alejandro Allen; BEC Recordings

CHRISTMAS ALBUM Peace on Earth; Casting Crowns; co-produced by Mark Hall; Beach Street

MUSICAL (title; creator; publisher (award given to creator) God Bless the USA; co-created by Joel Lindsey; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing

YOUTH/CHILDREN’S MUSICAL An Island Christmas; co-created by Wayne Haun, Shelby Haun and Joel Lindsey; Lillenas Publishing Company

CHORAL COLLECTION I’ll Say Yes; Brooklyn Tabernacle Music

SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO (title; artist; director; producer; production company; label) “Slow Fade”; Casting Crowns; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Beach Street

LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO (title; artist; director; producer; production company; label) Alive and Transported; TobyMac; Eric Welch; Tameron Hedge, Dan Pitts; Broken Poet Productions; ForeFront Records


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