Hendersonville, TN – Talent was not in short supply Tuesday night in the Van Ness Auditorium at the LifeWay Christian headquarters. Several of the industry’s top singers and songwriters performed to a full house of aspiring artists, songwriters and industry professionals attending GMA’s sold out IMMERSE conference this week in Nashville, TN.
Award winning singer/songwriters Brandon Heath and Chris August kicked off the evening, hosted by Ed Cash, that went on to feature one chart topping song after another, as well as moving stories from the writers about the personal struggles that inspired the now well-known lyrics. All genres of Christian music were well represented and received with an overwhelming enthusiasm by the audience, as well as the songwriters themselves.
Representing Southern Gospel was Daywind singer/songwriter Joseph Habedank, as well as Daywind’s songwriting veteran, Dianne Wilkinson. Habedank wowed with an acoustic version of his recent radio hit, ‘Never, No Never,’ accompanied by co-writer Lee Black on the piano. Wilkinson, the self-proclaimed ‘Momma’ of the group, offered inspiring words of encouragement to the younger writers before inviting the Kingdom Heirs on stage to perform her song, ‘The Joys Of Heaven.’ Both performances were met with standing ovations from the eager crowd.
“The BMI Songwriters Showcase is a highlight each year for the Christian music industry,” shares Rick Shelton, Vice President of Music Publishing at Daywind. “We couldn’t be more proud of Dianne and Joseph whose songs lit up the audience. We are grateful to BMI and the Gospel Music Association for the opportunity to honor current hit songwriters, and in the process, inspire the next generation of creatives. What an impactful experience!”
Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Adam Crabb, Browders, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Joseph Habedank, Adam Crabb, Karen Peck & New River, Bowling Family, Tribute, Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance, Blackwood Brothers Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony Red, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit www.daywindrecords.com