BMI Honors Christian Musics Best at the 2017 BMI Christian Awards in Nashville

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‘Good Good Father’ Named Song of the Year; Capitol CMG Publishing Earns Publisher of the Year

Bernie Herms Named Songwriter of the Year

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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI)®, 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, held tonight at BMI’s Nashville offices on Music Row. The annual event celebrates the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most performed Christian rock, contemporary Christian, inspirational, southern and urban gospel songs on U.S. Christian radio.

“Each year, when we celebrate the incredible music of BMI’s Christian songwriters and their publishers, I think it can’t possibly get any better than this. And every year it does. I’m so impressed and moved by the uplifting songs we honored tonight,” noted Leslie Roberts, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, “We’re privileged to have such a talented group as part of the BMI family.”

The invitation-only event featured special performances, including “Thy Will” by Emily Weisband and Bernie Herms, “Big Enough” by Joseph Habedank, “Fight For You” by Grayson & Reed and “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe.

The Song of the Year title went to “Good Good Father,” 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 “Christ In Me,” “Just Be Held,” “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and “Thy Will.”

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 year’s most-performed songs, including the hits “Battle Cry,” “Cast My Cares,” “Christ In Me,” “Even So Come,” “Feel It,” “Forever,” “Good Good Father,” “Great Are You Lord,” “I Am Not Alone,” “Just Be Held,” “Move (Keep Walkin’),” “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again,” “There is Power” and “Thy Will.”

Mike O’Neill, President and CEO, Jody Williams, Vice President, Writer Publisher Relations, Nashville and Leslie Roberts, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, served as the evening’s hosts. 

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BMI’s Mike O’Neill and Leslie Roberts, BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year Bernie Herms and BMI’s Phil Graham and Jody Williams pose together at the BMI Christian Awards.

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BMI Christian Song of the Year publishers pose with BMI executives at the BMI Christian Awards. BMI Christian Award winner Tony Brown, who penned the winning track “Good Good Father,” was not in attendance.

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BMI Christian Publisher of the Year Capitol CMG Publishing executives pose with BMI leadership at the BMI Christian Awards.

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BMI songwriter Kari Jobe sings “I Am Not Alone” with her husband at the BMI Christian Awards.

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BMI songwriters Grayson & Reed sing “Fight for You” at the BMI Christian Awards.

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BMI songwriter and Christian Award winner Joseph Habedank performs his moving song “Big Enough” at the BMI Christian Awards.

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BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year Bernie Herms performs “Thy Will” with Emily Weisband during the BMI Christian Awards.

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BMI’s Mike O’Neill opens the 2017 BMI Christian Awards with an inspriational speech.

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Lindsey Habedank and BMI songwriter and Christian Award winner Joseph Habedank pose together at the BMI Christian Awards.

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BMI songwriter and Christian Award winner Sue Smith, BMI’s Leslie Roberts and BMI songwriter and Christian Award winner Kenna West arrive at the BMI Christian Awards.

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Lucas Gifford and BMI songwriter and Christian Award winner Christa Joy Black arrive at the BMI Christian Awards.

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