Daywind Writers And Artists Recognized At 2011 BMI Christian Music Awards

Marty Funderburk, Rick Shelton & Ed LeonardHendersonville, TN (April 11, 2011) – Daywind Music Group was well-represented last Monday night at the 2011 BMI Christian Award Ceremony, which honored the year’s most–played songs, writers, and publishers.  Greater Vision baritone and accomplished songwriter, Rodney Griffin, was recognized as Songwriter of the Year, along with tobyMac and Bo Rinehart.   Two of his songs, “It Pays To Pray,” performed by Greater Vision, and “He Locked The Gates,” by the Kingdom Heirs, were named among the top songs in Christian music for 2011.  Also recognized was the Booth Brothers’, “Stuff Of Life,” written by Jim Brady, as well as the first song Daywind writer Marty Funderburk wrote for BMI, the Talley Trio’s, “Life Goes On.”   Triumphant Quartet also performed the award winning song, written by Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey, “When The Trumpet Sounds,” off their Daywind Records project, Everyday.

Rick Shelton, Director of Publishing at Daywind Music, shares, “We are grateful for BMI’s continued support of Gospel Music.  It was an exciting event to witness Marty Funderburk receive his first BMI award.  We are thrilled for him, Rodney and Jim.  Their God-given talent is a blessing to all who are touched by their music.”

The awards recognized songs in five different categories of Christian music: Southern Gospel, Christian Rock, Contemporary Christian, Inspirational, and Urban Gospel, in addition to awards for the overall Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year.

Daywind Music Group is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distribution.  Daywind is home to such great artists as Karen Peck & New River and Sisters, and writers such as Kyla Rowland and Scott Inman, among others.  For more information on Daywind Records, visit  For more information about Daywind Music Publishing, contact Rick Shelton at