|Josh Wilson, Ben Glover take top songwriting honors|
|Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:50 AM EDT|
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recently honored the songwriters and publishers of Christian musicâ€™s most performed songs at its 34th annual Christian Music Awards in Nashville.
Top honors at the March 19 Richland Country Club event were awarded to Josh Wilson (Sparrow Records), ASCAP Christian Songwriter/Artist of the Year; Ben Glover, ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year; â€śGlorious Dayâ€ť written by Michael Bleecker (Word Music) and performed by Casting Crowns,ASCAP Christian Song of the Year; and EMI CMG Publishing, ASCAP Christian Publisher of the Year.
Wilson was honored with the ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year award. He has released numerous No. 1 hits, including â€śSavior Pleaseâ€ť and â€śBefore the Morning,â€ť which landed the No. 4 spot on Billboardâ€™s Year-End Christian Songs chart. His third studio album, See You, featured "I Refuse" and "Fall Apart," both of which were honored at the awards ceremony. His first No. 1 hit, â€śJesus Is Alive, was among the most performed songs.
Marc Driskill, ASCAP vice president and general manager, Nashville, presented Glover with his second Songwriter of the Year award. Glover co-wrote four of the past yearâ€™s most performed songs: â€śStrongerâ€ť and â€śWaiting for Tomorrowâ€ť (Mandisa); â€śDear X,â€ť (Disciple); and â€śI Refuseâ€ť (Wilson). He has had 11 No. 1 songs and multiple Dove Award nominations, and currently has five singles on the Billboard chart.
Bleecker collected ASCAP Song of the Year honors for â€śGlorious Day,â€ť a reinvention of the 1910 hymn â€śOne Day,â€ť which reached No. 1 on the Hot Christian Songs, Soft AC/Inspirational and Christian AC charts, as well as reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.
ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI CMG Publishing for the ninth consecutive year. Nine EMI CMG hits were honored as most played songs, including â€śDear X (You Donâ€™t Own Me)â€ť (Ariose Music Group/Meadowgreen Music Co.); â€śJesus Is Aliveâ€ť (Meaux Hits); and â€śThe Redeemerâ€ť (Birdwing Music).
Twenty-four awards for most performed song were presented by ASCAP Nashvilleâ€™s Michael Martin, LeAnn Phelan and Ryan Beuschel, interspersed with performances by some of this yearâ€™s award winners, including Wilson, Dara Maclean and Moriah Peters.