BMI christian Music Awards

Performing rights organization BMI saluted the
writers and publishers of the past year’s most performed Christian songs
during the BMI Christian Music Awards tonight, with highest honors reserved
for Dottie Peoples’s “Testify,” songwriter/publisher Toby McKeehan, Achtober
Songs, and EMI Christian Music Publishing. Paul Corbin, Vice President,
Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, and Joyce Rice, Director,
Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, handed out the Citations of
Achievement recognizing 28 songs among six categories, with the presentation
culminating in the announcements of Christian Song, Songwriter, and
Publisher of the Year (including all genres).

Staged at the company’s Music Row offices, the event spotlighted the
top songs in the Adult Contemporary, Christian Hit Radio, Inspirational,
Rock, Southern Gospel and Urban Gospel categories. Special performances
were given by Dottie Peoples, Mark Schultz, and the quartet CrossWay for the
crowd of two hundred writers, artists, and executives.
Dottie Peoples earned the BMI Crystal for Most Performed Christian Song of
the Year as writer and publisher of “Testify.” Published through Dottie
Peoples Publishing and International Atlanta Music Company, “Testify” was
recorded by The Talley Trio for their Southern Gospel album Testament, as
well as by Peoples for her album God Can and God Will.
With three award songs, Toby McKeehan led all 38 writers to repeat as BMI
Christian Songwriter Of The Year [he shared the 2001 honor with Steven
Curtis Chapman]. McKeehan, who records for Forefront Records as tobyMac and
with Michael Tait and Kevin Max as dc talk, was cited for writing “All You
Got” (AC & CHR), “Extreme Days” (Rock) and “Say The Words” (CHR). “All You
Got,” recorded by Tait, appeared on both Tait’s Empty album and dc talk’s
Solo EP. “Say The Words” was recorded by dc talk on their Intermission
album; “Extreme Days” is from tobyMac’s debut solo effort, Momentum.
Songwriters recognized with two Citations each were Chris Eaton [PRS]
(“Adore” and “Lift Me Up”) and Dottie Peoples (“Show Up and Show Out” plus
“Testify”).

Placing three songs each on the most performed list, Achtober Songs
and EMI Christian Music Publishing (through its companies River Oaks Music
Company and Sparrow Song) shared the title of BMI Christian Publisher of the
Year. As owner of Achtober songs, Toby McKeehan collected a second crystal
obelisk for publishing his BMI Award songs. Casey McGinty and Chad Segura
accepted on behalf of EMI Christian Music Publishing; this is EMI’s second
consecutive victory.
Additional multiple award publishers were Boisseau Music Publishing,
Dayspring Music, Dottie Peoples Publishing, International Atlanta Music
Company, Lilly Mack Music, S. G. O. Music Publishing, Ltd., and Sony/ATV
Songs LLC.

BMI’s Citations of Achievement are given in recognition of
popularity in the field of Christian music, as measured by feature broadcast
performances on American radio and television. The 2002 Christian Music
Awards eligibility period ran January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001.
Founded in 1940, BMI is an American performing rights organization that
represents approximately 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers
in all genres of music. Through its music performance and reciprocal
agreements, it grants businesses and media access to its repertoire of
approximately 4.5 million musical works from around the world.
BMI CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS 2002
Adult Contemporary
ALL YOU GOT (AC & CHR)
Chad Chapin, Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait
Achtober Songs
CEC Animal Music
Out Of Twisted Roots Music
Tait: ForeFront Records
IN ME
Ricky Jackson
Rebecca St. James: ForeFront Records
KEEP ON SHINING
Tanya Leah
Ensign Music Corporation
Songs of Note Inc.
Titania Music
Natalie Grant: Curb Records
REMEMBER ME (AC & INSP)
Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz Music
Mark Schultz: Word Records
WONDERFUL ONE
Eddie Carswell
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
New Song: Reunion Records
Christian Hit Radio
ALL YOU GOT (AC & CHR)
Chad Chapin, Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait
Achtober Songs
CEC Animal Music
Out Of Twisted Roots Music
Tait: ForeFront Records
LIFT ME UP
Chris Eaton
Dayspring Music
S.G.O. Music Publishing, Ltd.
Rachael Lampa: Word Records
LIVE OUT LOUD
Steven Curtis Chapman
Peach Hill Songs
Sparrow Song
Steven Curtis Chapman: Sparrow Records
MISSING LOVE
Joel Hanson
Careers BMG Music Publishing
River Oaks Music Co.
Winning Pitch Music
PFR: Squint Entertainment
SAY THE WORDS
Toby McKeehan
Achtober Songs
dc talk: ForeFront Records
Inspirational
ADORE
Chris Eaton
Dayspring Music
S.G.O. Music Publishing, Ltd.
Jaci Velasquez: Word Records
BECAUSE OF HIM
Robert White Johnson
Radioquest Music Publishing
Al Denson : Spring Hill Music Group Inc.
EVERYTHING
Wendi Foy Green
Susan Gray
B In The Basement Music
Boisseau Music Publishing
Gatticakes Music
Sierra: Pamplin Records
GLORY
Jim Cooper
Boisseau Music Publishing
Jimmy Vision Music
Avalon: Sparrow Records
REMEMBER ME (AC & INSP)
Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz Music
Mark Schultz: Word Records
Rock
ALIEN YOUTH
John L. Cooper
Photon Music
Skillet: Ardent Records
CAN’T ERASE IT
Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Steve Mason, Matt Odmark
Bridge Building Music
Pogostick Music
Jars Of Clay: Essential Records
EXTREME DAYS
Toby McKeehan
Michael Anthony Taylor
Achtober Songs
Meaux Mercy Publishing
tobyMac: ForeFront Records
HEY HEY
Brent Milligan
River Oaks Music Co.
The Elms: Sparrow Records
WILL NOT FADE
Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss, Mark Stuart
Flicker U.S.A. Publishing
Audio Adrenaline: ForeFront Records
Southern Gospel
HE’D HAVE TO WALK THROUGH THE BLOOD
Kenny and Beverly Sexton
Flying Angel Publishing
Novotny Music
The Freemans: Goldenvine Productions
JOY’S GONNA COME
Rebecca Peck, John Darin Rowsey
Centergy Music
Rejoice: Homeland Records
The Kingsmen: Horizon Records
STAND STILL
Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Sonya Isaacs Surrett, David Marshall
R.I. Bowman Music
The Isaacs: Horizon Records
TESTIFY
Dottie Peoples
Dottie Peoples Publishing
International Atlanta Music Company
The Talley Trio: Horizon Records
Dottie Peoples: Atlanta International Music Company
THAT’S NO MOUNTAIN
Gerald Crabb
Crabb’s Song Music
The Crabb Family: Family Music Group
Urban Gospel
GOD DID IT
Evelyn Turrentine Agee
Obba Publishing
Evelyn Turrentine Agee: World Wide Gospel Music
IN THE SANCTUARY
Kurt Carr
K Cartunes
Lilly Mack Music
Kurt Carr: GospoCentric
SAY A PRAYER
Madeline Stone
CeCe Winans
Irving Music, Inc.
Little Pooky’s Music
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
We Care Music
CeCe Winans: Wellspring Gospel
SHOW UP AND SHOW OUT
Dottie Peoples
Dottie Peoples Publishing
International Atlanta Music Company
Dottie Peoples: Atlanta International Records
THANK YOU
Kirk Franklin
Fox Film Music Corporation
Kerrion Publishing
Lilly Mack Music
Mary Mary: Columbia Records
Kirk Franklin: GospoCentric

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