Top Nominee Chris Tomlin is Honored with “Worship Song of the Year” and David Crowder*Band’s 700,000 LITE-BRITE ® Peg Infused Music Video Wins “Short Form Video of the Year”
Nashville, Tenn. Apr. 21, 2011…. sixstepsrecords was recognized with top honors in the “Worship Song of the Year,” “Special Event Album of the Year” and “Short Form Video of the Year” categories at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards was held on Wednesday, April 20, 2010 at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre and will be televised nationwide on GMC ( http://www.watchgmc.com/ ), Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 from 7-9p.m. EST. This year marked the first time the show has taken place outside Nashville in 40 years.
sixstepsrecords’ live recording from Passion 2010, Passion: Awakening was presented with the “Special Event Album of the Year.” Passion: Awakening features the talents of sixstepsrecords’ artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others. The recording also features over 20,000 voices of university-aged students who attended Passion 2010 in Atlanta.
The celebrated “Our God,” written by label mate Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves, was honored in the “Worship Song of the Year” category. The song is found on both the double-nominated Passion: Awakening live album and Tomlin’s November release ofAnd If Our God Is For Us…, A powerful performance of “Our God” performed by Tomlin, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill opened the show. “Our God” is currently No. 16 on the CCLI chart.
In addition to being recognized at this year’s GMA Dove Awards, Tomlin is also up for three Billboard Music Awards in all of their Christian music categories including “Top Christian Artist,” “Top Christian Song” for “Our God” and Top Christian Album.” Tomlin recently wrapped the And If Our God Is For Us... spring tour with many sold out dates across the U.S.
David Crowder*Band’s much buzzed about music video for “SMS (Shine)” nabbed the “Short Form Video of the Year” award. The video composed of over 700,000 LITE BRITE ® Pegs was recently nominated at the LA Film Festival, and has been featured on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, etc. “SMS (Shine)” currently has over 1 million views on YouTube.
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Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords (www.sixstepsrecords.com) is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (And If Our God Is For Us…), David Crowder* Band (Church Music), Charlie Hall (The Rising), Matt Redman (We Shall Not Be Shaken), Christy Nockels (Life Light Up), Kristian Stanfill (Mountains Move) and Passion (Passion: Here For You). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations. www.sixstepsrecords.com
About The Passion Movement:
The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louie Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God. Focused on the collegiate age group - yet spilling over to people of all ages - Passion exists to unite students for spiritual awakening in this generation. From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and Passion. For more information please visit http://www.268generation.com
About Chris Tomlin:
With seven records, nine No. 1 radio singles, three GRAMMY nominations, 16 Dove Awards, a platinum and two gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. Referred to byTime Magazine as “most likely the most often sung artist anywhere,” Tomlin also has 15 of the Top 100 CCLI songs with 4 of them being in the top 10. ASCAP’s 2007 Songwriter of the Year, Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God” was his first No. 1 on the CCLI Top 25, moving to No. 1 after becoming one of the fasting rising modern day hymns in CCLI chart history. In addition to having sold more than 3.1 million albums and over 3.7 million digital tracks, Tomlin made history as his single “Jesus Messiah” (Hello Love) garnered 97 adds at radio its first week and skyrocketed to No. 1, making it the biggest ever add date in Christian Radio history. In the midst of his record breaking success, and continuing his role as worship leader at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, Tomlin continues touring and leading at Passion Conference gatherings across the U.S. and worldwide. www.christomlin.com
About David Crowder*Band:
Named among the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music” by The New York Times, the popular yet unconventional David Crowder*Band released their latest GRAMMY ® nominated album Church Music in the fall which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian retail chart scanning over 35,000 units. This gave David Crowder*Band their largest street week to date ranking in at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200. David Crowder*Band’s latest music video for “SMS (Shine)” nabbed coverage on NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends as well as USA Today, Billboard and Paste Magazine online. The video was also recognized at the LA Film Festival in 2011. Along with the group’s 7 GMA Dove Awards and 20 nominations, the band was the first Christian artist to be named MSN.com’s Artist of the Year in 2006. Despite the success, David Crowder*Band makes it a point to get back to University Baptist Church on most Sundays, a church they helped found near the campus of Baylor University in Waco, TX. The band is also part of the Passion Movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world. The group’s leader David Crowder is further an acclaimed author, having penned two books, including his acclaimed, highly personal, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die: Or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass).www.davidcrowderband.com
About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development. The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group. For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com
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