NASHVILLE,Â â€“ Broadcast Music, Inc.Â® (BMI)Â®, the global leader in music rights management, honored the top 25 songs played on Christian radio during the past year at the 2017 BMI Christian Awards, tonight at BMIâ€™s Nashville offices on Music Row. The annual event celebrates the songwriters and publishers of the past yearâ€™s most performed Christian rock, contemporary Christian, inspirational, southern and urban gospel songs on U.S. Christian radio.
â€œEach year, whenÂ we celebrate the incredible music ofÂ BMIâ€™s Christian songwriters and their publishers, I think it canâ€™t possibly get any better than this. And every year it does.Â Iâ€™m so impressed and moved by the uplifting songs we honored tonight,â€Â noted Leslie Roberts, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville,Â â€œWe’re privileged to have such a talented group as part of the BMI family.”
The invitation-only event featured special performances, including â€œThy Willâ€ by Emily Weisband and Bernie Herms, â€œBig Enoughâ€ by Joseph Habedank, â€œFight For Youâ€ by Grayson & Reed and â€œI Am Not Aloneâ€ by Kari Jobe.
The Song of the Year title went to â€œGood Good Father,â€ written by Tony Brown and published by Capitol CMG Paragon and Common Hymnal Digital. The song was recorded by Chris Tomlin and nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song in 2016.
The Songwriter of the Year award went to Bernie Herms, who wrote â€œChrist In Me,â€ â€œJust Be Held,â€ â€œTell Your Heart to Beat Againâ€ and â€œThy Will.â€
Capitol CMG Publishing (Capitol CMG Paragon, Meaux Mercy Publishing, Songs of Universal, Inc., Sparrow Song, Universal Music-Brentwood Songs, Worship Together Music) took home the Publisher of the Year award. The company had the highest percentage of copyright ownership among the yearâ€™s most-performed songs, including the hits â€œBattle Cry,â€ â€œCast My Cares,â€ â€œChrist In Me,â€ â€œEven So Come,â€ â€œFeel It,â€ â€œForever,â€ â€œGood Good Father,â€ â€œGreat Are You Lord,â€ â€œI Am Not Alone,â€ â€œJust Be Held,â€ â€œMove (Keep Walkinâ€™),â€ â€œTell Your Heart To Beat Again,â€ â€œThere is Powerâ€ and â€œThy Will.â€
Mike O’Neill, President and CEO, Jody Williams, VP, Writer Publisher Relations, Nashville and Leslie Roberts, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, served as the eveningâ€™s hosts. A complete list of the 2017 BMI Christian Awards is available at www.bmi.com/christian.