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Phil Wickham Wins Songwriter of the Year at 2024 BMI Christian Music Awards

The 2024 BMI Christian Awards just concluded spotlighting the crème de la crème of Christian music creators. BMI celebrated its standout songwriters and music publishers at a prestigious, invitation-only event held at BMI’s Music Row office in Nashville, with Leslie Roberts, BMI’s AVP of Creative, Nashville, at the helm.

The highlight of the night was the award for 2024 Song of the Year, bestowed upon "Gratitude" by Dante Bowe and Ben Hastings (APRA). Featured on Brandon Lake's acclaimed album, *House of Miracles*, the song has been lauded for its poignant lyricism and was also a nominee at the 2023 GMA Dove Awards.

Phil Wickham was named Songwriter of the Year, a nod to his prolific output over the year, which includes hits like “Holy Forever” and “Hymn of Heaven.” Wickham's recent album, *I Believe*, continues to make waves in the Christian music scene with two No. One singles to its credit.

The ceremony was punctuated with memorable performances. Anne Wilson delivered a moving, stripped-down rendition of “Strong,” alongside 2023 Songwriter of the Year Jeff Pardo. Charly Beathard made her BMI debut with the soul-stirring “Hallelujah Anyway,” and Phil Wickham treated the audience to an acoustic version of his song “Hymn of Heaven,” adding a personal touch to a night of celebration and achievement in Christian music.

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Newsboys Release New Single and Begin Summer Tour

The Newsboys have just released their latest single, "Worldwide Revival," the title track from their highly anticipated upcoming album. This album will be released in two parts later this year and follows their initial single from the project, "Heaven On Earth."

In an Instagram post, the band shared their excitement: "We’ve spent a long time working on these songs. It’s been a couple of years since our last album release. With these songs, we found ourselves wanting to take more time. Each one has been prayed over and intentionally crafted to share the message we feel called to share right now. We are thrilled to announce that 'Worldwide Revival,' our brand new two-part album, will release later this year."

Fans can look forward to experiencing the new music live during the Newsboys' upcoming Worldwide Revival Nights tour, starting this month. Be sure to check out their new single, "Worldwide Revival," on Worship Road Radio.

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Cory Asbury Releases New Rendition of Fleetwood Mac's Landslide

Cory Asbury has released his own rendition of Fleetwood Mac's legendary song "Landslide." Originally penned by Stevie Nicks in 1973, Asbury brings a fresh perspective and new depth to this classic tune. You can catch his new version on Worship Road Radio.

Cory Asbury's musical journey began at age 14, singing in church, and by 21, he was performing full-time. His career officially took off with his 2009 debut album, *Let Me See Your Eyes*, which eventually led to a record deal in 2015. Asbury's seminal album, *Reckless Love* (2018), topped the Billboard charts, earning him two Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination in 2019. The title track, “Reckless Love,” has been certified 3x Platinum, spent 18 weeks at #1, and won Billboard, ASCAP, and BMI Christian Song of the Year honors.

In 2019, Asbury followed up with *To Love A Fool*, featuring the Gold-certified single “The Father’s House.” His impressive achievements include 1.1 billion worldwide streams, 139 million video views, over 3.16 million monthly Spotify listeners, and over 2 billion audience impressions.

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Matt Redman Releases New Album "Coming Back to the Heart"

Matt Redman has released a new album titled "Coming Back To The Heart (Live Collection)," recorded at the Beverly Theater in Las Vegas. This project revisits songs he has written or co-written for the Church over the past 25 years. Inspired by renewed enthusiasm for his older songs, Redman re-imagined them, offering a fresh worship experience.

 

This marks his 20th album release.

A standout feature of the record is the seamless merging of various songs. "I was amazed how well that worked – some just interlocked together so beautifully and naturally – like 'Better Is One Day' with 'Facedown' and 'Never Once' with 'You Never Let Go,'" Redman shares.

The live collection also introduces a new song, "Let Me See Jesus," encapsulating the album's core message. "Beholding God naturally leads to expressing praise and singing, it’s the natural reflex of a soul who has glimpsed something glorious about God," he explains.

"Coming Back To The Heart (Live Collection)" is communal and dynamic, recorded with stripped-back instruments to highlight the congregation’s voices. The room was filled with local worship leaders and singers, aiming to transcend the city's entertainment reputation and foster an encounter with God. Featuring classics like "Heart of Worship" and a gospel-inspired outro on "10,000 Reasons," the album offers a fresh take on familiar truths. "I hope these songs will help us sing age-old truth in a fresh way," Redman concludes.

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Canadian Jordan St. Cyr Releases Sophomore Album "My Foundation"

Canadian and Manitoba native, Jordan St. Cyr, a 2023 Juno Award recipient for Album of the Year and 16-time GMA Covenant Award winner, has just released his sophomore album, "My Foundation."

"Jordan St. Cyr's *My Foundation* delivers heartfelt songs of faith and navigating through the challenges we face with our feet firmly planted on the Rock of our salvation. Each track, co-written by St. Cyr, reminds listeners of the hope we have in a relationship with our Savior. Jordan's solid vocals and musical arrangements bring the message of the lyrics to life. *My Foundation* is a must-add to your music library!" said Kelly Meade of Today's Christian Entertainment.

"While he continues to create music and tour, Jordan St. Cyr is really just getting started. We have to build our lives on something solid, or we will fall. Jordan St. Cyr’s sophomore album, *My Foundation*, resonates with those building their foundation on solid rock. He speaks through personal experiences that touch the hearts of all who have weathered storms," noted the Christian Music Guys Podcast.

"The thing that makes songwriters like Jordan St. Cyr, Matthew West, Ben Glover, and others so special is their Christ-centered songwriting sessions. They pray that the music they create will speak to others in ways they can’t even imagine. If this is the kind of music you want to hear, then Jordan St. Cyr’s *My Foundation* album has the message you need," added another reviewer.

You can hear releases from My Foundation on Worship Road Radio.

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New Artist Festure:  Mary-Clair

Nashville's own 19-year-old talent, Mary-Clair, has made her entry into the music scene with a bang, collaborating with the renowned Tedd T., a multi-Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer known for his work with icons like Celine Dion and Tauren Wells. Their joint effort has culminated in the debut single "Heaven in the Way," a compelling ballad now available for streaming on all major music platforms.

Having been immersed in the rich musical environment of Music City from a tender age, Mary-Clair's passion for music and live performances has deeply influenced her artistry. Her inaugural single "Heaven In The Way" is a testament to her genuine spirit and ambition to resonate with listeners who have faced similar life challenges, showcasing her deep connection to her roots and the universal journey of overcoming. You can see her video "Heaven In The Way" in our Videos section.

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