Colby Wedgeworth Named Songwriter of the Year at 40th ASCAP Christian Music Awards

October 15, 2018

Twila Paris honored with Golden Note, GMA wins Partners in Music Award, “Even If” Claims top song honors and Capitol CMG earns top publisher

ASCAP honored the songwriters and publishers of Christian music's most performed songs of the past year at the 40th annual Christian Music Awards in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. Dove Award-winning songwriter-artist Steve Green presented the ASCAP Golden Note Award to singer, songwriter and author Twila Paris, who was honored in song by contemporary Christian music award-winning trio Selah. The ASCAP Partners in Music trophy was presented to the Gospel Music Association, in recognition of their unwavering support of ASCAP songwriters and artists.

Top honors went to Songwriter of the Year Colby Wedgeworth, who wrote five most-performed songs; Song of the Year writers David Garcia, Ben Glover and Crystal Lewis and publishers 9 T One Songs, All Essential Music, Capitol CMG Publishing Group, Crystallized, D Soul Music and Let’s Be Beautiful for “Even If,” recorded by MercyMe; and Capitol CMG Publishing, who earned their 16th straight ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year award.

An audience of distinguished songwriters, Christian music stars and music industry leaders were treated to unforgettable performances of some of our award winning songs, including “Even If” by songwriter Ben Glover; Matthew West’s “Broken Things,” by writers Jason Houser, AJ Pruis and West, and “Old Church Choir,” performed by the choir from Dickson, Tennessee’s First Baptist Church. Loren Patterson, a seven-year-old member of the choir, became an accidental media star when a video of her dancing during a performance of “Old Church Choir” went viral, touching viewers around the world.

The evening was hosted by ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews, President Paul Williams, EVP of Membership John Titta and VP of Nashville Membership Michael Martin. Notable artists in attendance included Ryan Stevenson, David Dunn, David Crowder, Unspoken, Emily Weisband and Hannah Kerr.

MOST PERFORMED ASCAP CHRISTIAN SONGS 2018

BELOVED
RECORDED BY JORDAN FELIZ
WRITTEN BY PAUL DUNCAN, COLBY WEDGEWORTH
PUBLISHED BY ANNIE AND CLYDE MUSIC, COLBY WEDGEWORTH MUSIC, FAIR TRADE MUSIC PUBLISHING

BROKEN THINGS
RECORDED BY MATTHEW WEST
WRITTEN BY JASON HOUSER, A.J. PRUIS, MATTHEW WEST
PUBLISHED BY ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING, COMBUSTION MUSIC, HOUSE OF STORY MUSIC PUBLISHING, HOUSERMANIA MUSIC, TWO STORY HOUSE MUSIC

BULLETPROOF
RECORDED BY CITIZEN WAY
WRITTEN BY BEN CALHOUN
PUBLISHED BY CALHOUN TUNES, FAIR TRADE MUSIC PUBLISHING

THE CURE
RECORDED BY UNSPOKEN
WRITTEN BY JONATHAN LOWRY, CHAD MATTSON
PUBLISHED BY CENTRICITY MUSIC PUBLISHING, COOLNASTY, FORTYHOURDAYS

EVEN IF
RECORDED BY MERCYME
WRITTEN BY DAVID GARCIA, BEN GLOVER, CRYSTAL LEWIS
PUBLISHED BY 9 T ONE SONGS, ALL ESSENTIAL MUSIC, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING,
CRYSTALLIZED, D SOUL MUSIC, LET'S BE BEAUTIFUL

FORGIVEN
RECORDED BY CROWDER
WRITTEN BY DAVID CROWDER
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, SIXSTEPS MUSIC

GIANTS FALL
RECORDED BY FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI
WRITTEN BY FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI
PUBLISHED BY FRANCESCA MUSIC, WORD MUSIC LLC

THE GOSPEL
RECORDED BY RYAN STEVENSON
WRITTEN BY RYAN STEVENSON
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, REDSWAN MUSIC, SONGS OF EMACK

I WANNA GO BACK
RECORDED BY DAVID DUNN
WRITTEN BY BENJI COWART
PUBLISHED BY ALL ESSENTIAL MUSIC, BENTLEY STREET SONGS, HOWIECOWIE PUBLISHING, WORD MUSIC LLC

JESUS I BELIEVE
RECORDED BY BIG DADDY WEAVE
WRITTEN BY MICHAEL WEAVER
PUBLISHED BY WEAVE COUNTRY, WORD MUSIC LLC

LIVE LIKE YOU'RE LOVED
RECORDED BY HAWK NELSON
WRITTEN BY DAVID GARCIA, BEN GLOVER
PUBLISHED BY 9 T ONE SONGS, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, D SOUL MUSIC

LOVE BROKE THRU
RECORDED BY TOBYMAC
PUBLISHED BY BARTLANDIA, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, SIMPLE TENSE SONGS, TRUEMUSE

O GOD FORGIVE US
RECORDED BY FOR KING & COUNTRY
WRITTEN BY JOEL SMALLBONE
PUBLISHED BY METHOD TO THE MADNESS, SHANKEL SONGS, WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC PUBLISHING, WORD MUSIC LLC

OH MY SOUL
RECORDED BY CASTING CROWNS
WRITTEN BY NICHOLE NORDEMAN
PUBLISHED BY BIRDBOY SONGS, BIRDWING MUSIC, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING

OLD CHURCH CHOIR
RECORDED BY ZACH WILLIAMS
WRITTEN BY COLBY WEDGEWORTH
PUBLISHED BY COLBY WEDGEWORTH MUSIC, FAIR TRADE MUSIC PUBLISHING

UNFINISHED
RECORDED BY MANDISA
WRITTEN BY BEN GLOVER, COLBY WEDGEWORTH
PUBLISHED BY 9 T ONE SONGS, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, COLBY WEDGEWORTH MUSIC, FAIR TRADE MUSIC PUBLISHING

WHOLE HEART
RECORDED BY BRANDON HEATH
WRITTEN BY COLBY WEDGEWORTH
PUBLISHED BY COLBY WEDGEWORTH MUSIC, FAIR TRADE MUSIC PUBLISHING

WORD OF LIFE
RECORDED BY JEREMY CAMP
WRITTEN BY COLBY WEDGEWORTH
PUBLISHED BY COLBY WEDGEWORTH MUSIC, FAIR TRADE MUSIC PUBLISHING

YOUR LOVE DEFENDS ME
RECORDED BY MATT MAHER
WRITTEN BY HANNAH KERR
PUBLISHED BY SONGS OF BLACK RIVER