David Garcia Named Songwriter of the Year at 41st ASCAP Christian Music Awards

September 16, 2019

With a joyous opening performance of “Danzo En El Rio” by internationally known praise and worship group Miel San Marcos, ASCAP kicked off the 41st annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards at the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, TN on Monday, September 16.

Multi Grammy-winning songwriter and artist Russ Taff and Grammy-nominated songwriter and author Tori Taff were honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which celebrates songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Singer, songwriter and artist Amy Grant shared poignant memories from her decades-long friendship with the couple before they were honored with surprise performances of "I Cry" (Joseph Habedank), "We Will Stand" (Chuck Cannon) and "Table in the Wilderness" (Darrell Brown featuring Out For Souls).

David Garcia was presented his second ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year award by artist Matthew West. His most-performed songs include “Everything” (TobyMac), “Grace Got You” (MercyMe feat. John Reuben) and “The Breakup Song” (Francesca Battistelli). The multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning songwriter and producer is nominated in several categories for this year’s Dove Awards, to be held on October 15.

The songwriters and publishers of “Reckless Love” received the ASCAP Christian Music Song of the Year Award. Co-writer and recording artist Cory Asbury and his wife Anna Asbury treated the audience to a performance of the hit.

Capitol CMG Publishing claimed the ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year Award for the 17th consecutive year for songs including "All My Hope," "Do It Again," "Everything," "Resurrection Power" and more. Capitol CMG President Brad O'Donnell and his team were on hand to accept the award.

In addition to “Reckless Love,” the other two top Christian song performances — “Do It Again,” recorded by Elevation Worship and written by Matt Redman, and “Grace Got You,” recorded by Mercy Me and written by David Garcia, Ben Glover and John Reuben — were introduced by Curb | Word recording artist Francesca Battistelli. Redman performed “Do It Again,” while Garcia and Glover performed “Grace Got You.” A total of 21 most-performed song awards were presented during the show. Notable artists in attendance included Joel Smallbone (for King & Country), Chris Cleveland (Stars Go Dim), Pat Barrett and Ryan Ellis.

MOST PERFORMED ASCAP CHRISTIAN SONGS 2019

RECKLESS LOVE
RECORDED BY CORY ASBURY
WRITTEN BY CORY ASBURY, CALEB CULVER
PUBLISHED BY BETHEL MUSIC PUBLISHING, CORY ASBURY PUBLISHING, WATERSHED WORSHIP PUBLISHING

JOY.
RECORDED BY FOR KING & COUNTRY
WRITTEN BY BEN GLOVER, MATT HALES, JOEL SMALLBONE
PUBLISHED BY 9 T ONE SONGS, BMG GOLD SONGS, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, CURB|WORD MUSIC PUBLISHING. METHOD TO THE MADNESS, SHANKEL SONGS, WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC

GRACE GOT YOU
RECORDED BY MERCYME FEAT. JOHN REUBEN
WRITTEN BY DAVID GARCIA, BEN GLOVER, JOHN REUBEN
PUBLISHED BY 9 T ONE SONGS, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, D SOUL MUSIC, JOHNNY REUBONIC

DO IT AGAIN
RECORDED BY ELEVATION WORSHIP
WRITTEN BY MATT REDMAN
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, SAID AND DONE MUSIC, SIXSTEPS MUSIC

WHEN WE PRAY
RECORDED BY TAUREN WELLS
WRITTEN BY COLBY WEDGEWORTH
PUBLISHED BY COLBY WEDGEWORTH MUSIC, FAIR TRADE MUSIC PUBLISHIG

RESURRECTION POWER
RECORDED BY CHRIS TOMLIN
WRITTEN BY RYAN ELLIS
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, VAMOS PUBLISHING. WEST COAST WORSHIP

WITNESS
RECORDED BY JORDAN FELIZ
WRITTEN BY PAUL DUNCAN, COLBY WEDGEWORTH
PUBLISHED BY CENTRICITY MUSIC PUBLISHING, COLBY WEDGEWORTH MUSIC, FAIR TRADE MUSIC PUBLISHING

WHAT A FRIEND
RECORDED BY MATT MAHER
WRITTEN BY ABBIE PARKER
PUBLISHED BY ALL ESSENTIAL MUSIC, IAMTHEYSONGS

EVERYTHING
RECORDED BY TOBYMAC
WRITTEN BY DAVID GARCIA
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, D SOUL MUSIC

THE WAY (NEW HORIZON)
RECORDED BY PAT BARRETT
WRITTEN BY PAT BARRETT, DANIEL BASHTA, BENJAMIN SMITH
PUBLISHED BY BREAD & WINE SOUNDS, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, GO FORTH SOUNDS, HERITAGE WORSHIP PUBLISHING, HOUSEFIRES SOUNDS, VAMOS PUBLISHING

ALL MY HOPE
RECORDED BY CROWDER FEAT. TAUREN WELLS
WRITTEN BY DAVID CROWDER
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, SIXSTEPS MUSIC

ONLY JESUS
RECORDED BY CASTING CROWNS
WRITTEN BY MATTHEW WEST PUBLISHED BY COMBUSTION MUSIC, HOUSE OF STORY MUSIC PUBLISHING, ONE77 SONGS

NO MATTER WHAT
RECORDED BY RYAN STEVENSON FEAT. BART MILLARD
WRITTEN BY RYAN STEVENSON
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, SONGS OF EMACK

STAND IN YOUR LOVE
RECORDED BY BETHEL MUSIC & JOSH BALDWIN
WRITTEN BY JOSH BALDWIN, MARK HARRIS
PUBLISHED BY BETHEL MUSIC PUBLISHING, COASTAL LYRIC, GATEWAY WORSHIP PUBLISHING

COME TO THE TABLE
RECORDED BY SIDEWALK PROPHETS
WRITTEN BY BEN GLOVER
PUBLISHED BY 9 T ONE SONGS, CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING

THE BREAKUP SONG
RECORDED BY FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI
WRITTEN BY FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI, DAVID GARCIA
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, CURB|WORD MUSIC PUBLISHING, D SOUL MUSIC, FRANCESCA MUSIC

HEAVEN ON EARTH
RECORDED BY STARS GO DIM
WRITTEN BY CHRIS CLEVELAND
PUBLISHED BY CURB|WORD MUSIC PUBLISHING

ALL IN
RECORDED BY MATTHEW WEST
WRITTEN BY JASON HOUSER, A.J. PRUIS, MATTHEW WEST
PUBLISHED BY COMBUSTION MUSIC, HOUSE OF STORY MUSIC PUBLILSHING, HOUSERMANIA MUSIC, ONE77 SONGS, SOMETHING GREATER MUSIC, TWO STORY HOUSE MUSIC

LIVING HOPE
RECORDED BY PHIL WICKHAM
WRITTEN BY BRIAN JOHNSON
PUBLISHED BY BETHEL MUSIC PUBLISHING

BLEED THE SAME
RECORDED BY MANDISA FEAT. TOBYMAC & KIRK FRANKLIN
WRITTEN BY MANDISA
PUBLISHED BY CAPITOL CMG PUBLISHING, HEAVENLY MELODISA MUSIC

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