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“Reckless Love” Announced As Song Of The Year At 2019 BMI Christian Awards

This week, BMI commemorated the top 25 songs performed on U.S. Christian radio throughout the past yr at the 2019 BMI Christian Awards, held at BMI’s Nashville offices on Music Row. The songwriters and publishers of essentially the most carried out Christian rock, contemporary Christian, inspirational, southern and concrete gospel songs are honored at the once a year awards.

“I love celebrating the writers, publishers, and artists at this awards dinner,” said Leslie Roberts, Executive Director, Creative. “Every year I am blown away by our performances, and as always, I am honored to present awards to the writers and publishers of this genre.” Kicking off the invitation-only event was once a suite via comic John Crist. Performances included Mallary Hope’s current single “Me,” Zach Williams’ Fear Is A Liar,” and Koryn Hawthorne’s “Speak The Name.” The Song of the Year went to “Reckless Love,” written by means of Ran Jackson and published by Be Essential Songs and Richmond Park Publishing. The track hit number one on Billboard’s U.S. Hot Christian Songs chart and remained there for 18 weeks. The track spent 68 weeks in total at the chart, with 53 weeks in the Top 10, and used to be ranked as the top Christian Song of 2018 via Billboard. The Songwriter of the Year award went to Ethan Hulse, who wrote “Old Church Choir,” “When We Pray,” “Whole Heart” and “Word Of Life.” Be Essential Songs took home the Publisher of the Year award. The corporate had the best share of copyright ownership among the yr’s most-performed songs, including the hits “Different,” “Do It Again,” “Fear Is A Liar,” “God of All My Days,” “Old Church Choir,” “O’Lord,” “Reckless Love,” “When We Pray,” “Whole Heart,” “Words of Life,” and “Your Love Defends Me.” During this system, Jody Williams, VP, Creative venerated Elwyn Raymer with the BMI Compass Award for his contributions to the genre of Christian tune all over his profession. The BMI Compass Award honors an individual in the trade who exemplifies the unique talent to at all times find the proper means to succeed in the higher excellent.

Song of the Year
“Reckless Love”
Ran Jackson
Be Essential Songs
Richmond Park Publishing 

Songwriter of the Year
Ethan Hulse
(“Old Church Choir,” “When We Pray,” “Whole Heart,” “Word of Life”)

Publisher of the Year
Be Essential Songs
(“Different,” “Do It Again,” “Fear Is a Liar,” “God of All My Days,” “Old Church Choir,” “O’Lord,” “Reckless Love,” “When We Pray,” “Whole Heart,” “Word of Life,” “Your Love Defends Me”) 

Award-winning Songs
“ALL MY HOPE”
Ed Cash 
Alletrop Music 
Map Catalogs 

“CLEAR SKIES” 
Ernie Haase 
Wayne Haun 
Joel Lindsey 
Curb Dayspring Music 
Ernie Sig Sound Music 
Sea Smoke Music 
Songs From The Inside 
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. 

“COME TO THE TABLE” 
Dave Frey 
Ben McDonald 
Curb Dayspring Music 
Pencil Prophet Publishing 
Run Run Milo 
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. 

“DIFFERENT” 
Micah Tyler 
Be Essential Songs 
Fair Trade Global Songs 

“DO IT AGAIN” 
Mack Brock 
Chris Brown 
Steven Furtick 
Be Essential Songs 
Music By Elevation Worship Publishing 

“FEAR IS A LIAR” 
Jonathan Smith 
Zach Williams 
Anthems of Hope 
Be Essential Songs 
Wisteria Drive Music 

“GOD OF ALL MY DAYS” 
Mark Hall 
Be Essential Songs 
My Refuge Music 
Sparrow Song 

“GOD OF THE STORMS” 
Gerald Crabb 
Christian Taylor Music 
Clearbox Benefit 
Gerald Crabb’s Songs 

“GRACE GOT YOU” 
Solomon Jerome Olds 
Moon and Musky Music 
Soul Glow Activator Music 

“HERE HE COMES” 
Joseph Habedank 
Christian Taylor Music 
Clearbox Benefit 

“I JUST NEED U.” 
Toby McKeehan 
Blake NeeSmith 
Achtober Songs 
Harper and Hudson 
House of Emack Music 
Map Catalogs 
River Oaks Music Co. 

“JOY IN THE HOUSE” 
Marcia Henry 
Barbara Ann Huffman 
Christian Taylor Music 
Clearbox Benefit 
Sunset Gallery Music 

“OLD CHURCH CHOIR” 
Ethan Hulse 
Zach Williams 
Anthems of Hope 
Be Essential Songs 
EGH Music Publishing 
Wisteria Drive Music 

“O’LORD” 
Joe Williams 
Be Essential Songs 
Sound District 

“POINT TO YOU” 
Darren Mulligan 
Curb Dayspring Music 
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. 

“RECKLESS LOVE” 
Ran Jackson 
Be Essential Songs 
Richmond Park Publishing 

“RESURRECTION POWER” 
Tony Brown 
Ed Cash 
Alletrop Music 
Bethel Worship Publishing 
Capitol CMG Paragon 
Map Catalogs 
S.D.G. Publishing 

“SO WILL I (100 BILLION X)” 
Michael Fatkin (APRA) 
Ben Hastings (APRA) 
Joel Houston (APRA) 
Capitol CMG Paragon 

“THANKFUL, SO THANKFUL” 
Lee Black 
Scott Inman 
Christian Taylor Music 
Clearbox Benefit 
Sunset Gallery Music 

“THE COMEBACK” 
Danny Gokey 
Cameron James 
BMG Platinum Songs 
Creative Heart Publishing 
Hello Darling Music 

“THE GOSPEL” 
Toby McKeehan 
Achtober Songs 
River Oaks Music Co. 

“WHEN WE PRAY” 
Ethan Hulse 
Tauren Wells 
Be Essential Songs 
Crucial Music Entertainment 
EGH Music Publishing 

“WHOLE HEART” 
Brandon Heath 
Ethan Hulse 
Be Essential Songs 
EGH Music Publishing 
Haidaway Music 
Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing Inc. 

“WORD OF LIFE” 
Ethan Hulse 
Be Essential Songs 
EGH Music Publishing 

“YOUR LOVE DEFENDS ME” 
Matt Maher 
Be Essential Songs 
I am a Pilgrim Songs

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