April 23, 2013

ASCAP to Honor Phil Keaggy at Christian Music Awards

Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy

Nashville, Tenn., April 23, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor renowned songwriter and legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award during its 35th Annual Christian Music Awards, taking place on Monday, May 6th at The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. The invitation-only gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed Christian songs of the past year.

ASCAP's Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Michael W. Smith, Bob McDill, Don Williams, Garth Brooks, Lindsey Buckingham, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and J.D. Souther, among others.

Commenting on the award, ASCAP’s Michael Martin said, "Phil Keaggy’s influence on both the contemporary Christian and mainstream music markets is immeasurable. We are very proud to honor him with the ASCAP Golden Note Award in recognition of his incredible career."

Phil Keaggy is one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from aspiring performers to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style, and those who don't play find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies. Keaggy's solo career has spanned more than 30 years and has included over 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, as well as eight releases with his band, Glass Harp. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Keaggy continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with an ever-changing style that moves from rock and roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

Keaggy earned his first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, The Wind and the Wheat, and won his second in 1992 for the Celtic-influenced, Beyond Nature. From 1998 to 2001, Keaggy dominated the Instrumental Album of the Year category at the Doves, winning for Invention, Acoustic Sketches, Majesty and Wonder and, most recently, Lights of Madrid. For three years in a row, Keaggy was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers. He has also gained a reputation as an amazing producer and engineer, producing albums and songs for such artists as Cheryl Bliss, Keith Moore, Phil McHugh, Third Season, Rachel Lanier, Gianna Jesson and Kevin Gould.

The 35th Anniversary ASCAP Christian Music Awards will also include the announcements of the Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will feature live performances of the top five most-performed songs by the award-winning songwriters and special guests.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 450,000 members representing over 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com


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