The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) held their 35th annual Christian Music Awards on Monday, May 6th, 2013 at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. The event honors the songwriters and publishers of Christian music’s most performed songs of the past year.
The festivities were kicked off by Christian rock group Finding Favour followed by performances from Daniel Bashta with “God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion)” and Jon Egan’s “Overcome.” A surprise performance was given by ASCAP Golden Note Award honoree Phil Keaggy.
Songwriters and artists in attendance included Britt Nicole, Brandon Heath, Chris August, Jason Gray, Dan Muckala, Josh Wilson, The Afters and more.
Winners of ASCAP Christian Music Awards
ASCAP Golden Note Award: Phil Keaggy
ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter of the Year: Ben Glover
ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year: Matthew West
ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year: Capitol CMG Publishing
ASCAP Christian Music Song of the Year: 10,000 Reasons written and recorded by Matt Redman, published by Said and Done Music, Sixsteps Music, Thank You Music and Worshiptogether.com Songs
Ben Glover earned his third ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter of the Year award, having written six of this year’s most performed songs: Sidewalk Prophet’s “Live Like That;” For King and Country’s “The Proof of Your Love” and “Busted Heart (Hold On To Me);” “He Said,” recorded by Group 1 Crew featuring Chris August; “Center Of It,” also recorded by Chris August; and Britt Nicole’s “All This Time.”
ASCAP’s Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year Matthew West is a multiple ASCAP Christian Music Song of the Year winner, he’s had four #1 hits and his songwriting credits include cuts by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more.
Matt Redman wrote and recorded this year’s top ASCAP Christian Music Song, “10,000 Reasons.” The song earned Grammy awards for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, and topped the Billboard Christian Songs chart to become Redman’s first #1 hit.
Capitol CMG Publishing has claimed the title of Christian Music Publisher of the Year for the 10th consecutive year with 11 award-winning songs: “10,000 Reasons,” “Carry Me To The Cross,” “White Flag,” “God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion),” “Live Like That,” “The Proof of Your Love,” “You Lead,” “Me Without You,” “He Said,” “All This Time” and “Center Of It.”