BMI Christian Music Awards Honor Most-Played Songs

BMI saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on Christian radio and television during the annual Christian Music Awards last night at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. 

By contributing two songs each to the most-performed list, tobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Stevens, and singer/songwriter Jason Walker shared the Songwriter of the Year title, while “Lose My Soul,” recorded and co-written by TobyMac and Stevens, garnered Song of the Year honors.

Universal Music Publishing Group also earned its third consecutive Publisher of the Year crown, as host Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, along with Senior Director Thomas Cain and Director Beth Mason, of BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations Department, presented awards spanning five categories: Christian Rock, Contemporary Christian, Inspirational, Urban Gospel and Southern Gospel.

BMI 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.

During the ceremony, the audience enjoyed intimate live performances of award-winning songs. The Booth Brothers delivered a stirring rendition of “What Salvation’s Done for Me,” and while Chapman was unable to attend, the audience enjoyed the indisputably next best thing: a new band called Caleb, featuring Chapman’s sons Caleb and Will Chapman, who offered a poignant performance of their father’s hit “Cinderella.”  As the electric conclusion, multiple award-winner tobyMac performed his hit “Boomin’.”

(l-r): Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations; Caleb and Will Chapman, sons of Songwriter of the Year Steven Curtis Chapman; 2010 Special Citation of Appreciation Honoree Billy Ray Hearn; 2010 Songwriters of the Year tobyMac, Jason Walker and Chris Stevens; Publisher of of the Year, Universal Music Group’s Dale Mathews; and Phil Graham, BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations.

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