April 21, 2007
BMI Christian Music Awards Honor The Genre’s Most Played Songs
Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall Takes Home Two of the Night’s Top Honors
NASHVILLE, April 21, 2007–U.S. performing right organization BMI saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s most performed songs on Christian radio and television during the BMI Christian Music Awards tonight at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. BMI named Casting Crowns’ “Voice of Truth” Song of the Year, while the group’s frontman Mark Hall earned the prestigious Songwriter of the Year title. BMI Vice President Jody Williams, along with Senior Director Thomas Cain and Associate Director Beth Mason, of BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations department in Nashville, presented awards for 25 songs in five categories: Christian Rock, Contemporary Christian, Inspirational, Urban Gospel and Southern Gospel.
Gospel star Kirk Franklin, Christian rock outfit Sanctus Real and Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall delighted the packed room by delivered scorching performances of their award-winning songs.
Longtime Christian music pacesetters Steven Curtis Chapman and Mark Hall took home BMI Song of the Year crystals for their stirring composition, “Voice of Truth.” Recorded by Hall’s award-winning band Casting Crowns, “Voice of Truth” was published by Club Zoo Music, Inc., My Refuge Music, Peach Hill Songs, Sparrow Song and SWECS Music.
It was a good night for the lead singer of Casting Crowns, who also earned his second BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year honor. Mark Hall’s hits ““Lifesong,” “Praise You in This Storm” and “Voice of Truth,” all recorded by Casting Crowns, garnered three BMI Christian Awards in both the Contemporary and Inspirational categories.
The ceremony also feted Publisher of the Year Songs of Greater Vision. The award is determined by the highest percentage of copyright ownership in award songs. The company’s two honored songs, “Do You Want To Be Forgiven” and “Don’t Let The Sandals Fool Ya,” secured individual BMI Christian Awards for their adroit writer, Rodney Griffin.
Some of the night’s other big winners included 2007 Trailblazers of Gospel honoree Yolanda Adams; prolific producer/songwriter Ed Cash; Urban Gospel star Kirk Franklin; premier producer, arranger and musician Jay Joyce; innovative songwriter/producer Kenny Greenberg; Gospel favorites Israel Houghton and Percy James Bady; songwriting heavyweight Fred Douglas Washington, Jr.; the Crabb Family’s Gerald Crabb; hot new songwriter/artist Aaron Shust; producer/songwriter/author Matt Bronleewe; and brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza. Songwriters Marcia Henry, George Jordan, Sandy Knight, Doug McKelvey and Kevin Keith Walker, along with Day of Fire’s Greg Hionis, songwriter/producers Ian Eskelin and Liz Hooper, Sanctus Real producer Chris Stevens and Sanctus Real member Dan Gartley each took home their first BMI Christian Music Award.
Publishers winning multiple awards were BMG Music Group (Bridge Building Music/Careers-BMG Music Publishing/Zomba Songs), Club Zoo Music, Inc., My Refuge Music, SWECS Music, EMI Music Publishing (EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc./Sparrow Song) and Gotee Music, Inc.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. For more than 65 years, BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world, a vast repertoire that includes more than 6.5 million works. The non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.
Kay Clary / BMI Nashville
Jerry Bailey / BMI Nashville
Eddie DeGarmo, Kirk Franklin, Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman talking
Kirk Franklin, Mark Hall and Steven Curtis Chapman enjoy a moment of fellowship as the BMI Christian Awards come to an end
Motown scribe Eddie Holland generates a hearty round of applause
Former BMI President and CEO Frances Preston gets a standing ovation
Kirk Franklin performs
Kirk Franklin performs "Looking for You" with a stellar choir.
Mark Hall performs award-winning song "Praise You in this Storm."
Rock outfit Sanctus Real full band shot performing 'I'm Not Alright'
BMI's Jody Williams, Kirk Franklin, BMI's Beth Mason & Zomba Songs President Dave Mantel
BMI's Jody Williams and Lauren Holland, Karen Williams, Margaret Jones, songwriting legend Eddie Holland
BMI's Beth Mason, Kirk Franklin, Casting Crowns' Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman, BMI's Jody Williams and BMI's Phil Graham get together for a triumphant group shot.