CHRISTIAN WOMEN DOMINATE 2003 TRAA AWARDS
Australia’s national Christian music charts, The Rock Across Australia, today named American singer-songwriter Stacie Orrico Artist of the Year, and her song “(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life” – a message about a person wanting more in life – as Song of the Year.
This is the second time an American has won both awards in the same year. Michael W Smith won Artist and Song of the Year for “Purified” last year.
Stacie Orrico is no ordinary 17-year old. Her self-titled CD has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and has been certified gold in the US. Her worldwide sales are approaching two million.
The song “(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life” is TRAA’s most successful song of the year securing the #1 position for 13 consecutive weeks from August to October.
Two other songs from Stacie’s album also gained number one positions during the year – “Stuck” and “Security”. In total, Orrico spent 23 weeks atop TRAA.
TRAA AIRPLAY AWARDS
The Rock Across Australia today also applauded the achievements of two Australian women for attaining strong national radio support.
Roma Waterman’s “Lifting Me Up” – a song reflecting the insecurity that exists in the world today – has secured the most airplay of any Christian song in the sector during 2003.
And Grammy Award winning Australian singer Rebecca St James has become the most played Christian artist of the year through a combination of four songs “Expressions of Your Love”, “I Thank You”, “Let My Words Be Few” and “Song of Love”.
The Rock Across Australia, referred to as TRAA within Christian music circles, researches national Christian album sales and radio airplay of Christian songs throughout Australia weekly.