32 CCM Y ea r in r ev ie w Looking back on the year indicates yet another major year of prominence for faith-based artists of all genres. If there’s been any trend throughout 2010, more groups than ever before have achieved crossover success, while also reaching out to lend a helping hand to charitable causes (from Haiti relief to Compassion International). Here’s a highlight reel captured through the lens of contributing editor Andy Argyrakis from Music City to the Windy City, the Big Apple and more. The headliner of Nashville Publicity Group’s GMA week showcase at Music City’s Historic Berger Building was country great Collin Raye. rockin’ the faith-basedroad in2010 Story and Photos By Andy Argyrakis Karl Oluf Wennerberg, of Norway’s Christian band Dreampilots, drums for legendary new wave act A-Ha (“Take On Me”) during its farewell tour at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. To benefit Compassionate International, Amy Grant staged the “Pieces of Our Lives” tour, which touched down at Chicago’s River East Arts Center for an evening of songs and storytelling. Crossover favorites The Arcade Fire co-headlined Chicago’s Lollapalooza alongside Lady Gaga, Green Day and The Strokes. The year’s biggest reunion was hands down BeBe and CeCe Winans, who took time to chat with reporters backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during the Dove Awards in Nashville. For just $20 in the pavilion and $10 on the lawn, the recently reunited Creed (performing at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL) cashed in during its aptly titled 20-10 Tour. One of the first artists to respond to the Haiti tragedy was gospel great Dionne Warwick, who’s pictured at a Unicef benefit concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL. Faith-based country star Faith Hill scored the honor of singing ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” at New York’s The Waldorf-Astoria when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Soul legend Irma Thomas paid tribute to the late great Mahalia Jackson during this year’s Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans.