With a joyous opening performance of “Danzo En El Rio” by internationally known praise and worship group Miel San Marcos, ASCAP kicked off its 41st Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards tonight at the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, TN. Top songwriters, artists and executives of the Christian music industry were in attendance to celebrate the most performed ASCAP Christian music songs over the last year. Top honors were presented including:
Amy Grant is releasing her incredibly popular Christmas projects in a limited edition vinyl box set (due out October 11). The one-of-a-kind set will feature the over 3x platinum Home for Christmas as well as two other classic Grant Christmas projects, A Christmas Album and A Christmas to Remember.
The Gospel Music Association announced another round of all-star performances for the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards including nominated artists MercyMe, Lecrae and a collaborative worship moment with Phil Wickham, Brian Johnson and the Bethel Music Band. Christian and Gospel legends Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Cece Winans and Steven Curtis Chapman will join together for a special icon performance.
The Nashville Metropolitan Historical Commission, in association with the Nashville Metro Council, recently celebrated the installation of a historical marker at 1000 16th Avenue South with an unveiling ceremony, honoring decades of the music impact of Belmont Church, Koinonia Coffeehouse and the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) genre on the city of Nashville.
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are reuniting to co-bill their popular Christmas tour this upcoming holiday season, where they will be joined by special guest Marc Martel. The show will incorporate a full symphony orchestra at each performance. Kicking off November 30 in Cincinnati, OH the seven-city tour will travel to Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Grand Rapids, MI and more.
Bridgestone Arena hosted the once-in-a-lifetime, star-studded tribute event honoring Michael W. Smith and celebrating his 35 year career and his 35 #1 hits.
In a once-in-a-lifetime tribute event, 35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of Michael W. Smith will feature friends and fellow musicians paying tribute to Smith on April 30, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.
For more than a decade the Lipscomb University community has celebrated the start of the holiday season with beloved Nashville/CCM singer/songwriter Amy Grant and friends at the annual Lighting of the Green concert.
Few seasons connect through music like Christmas, with familiar holiday tunes drawing out memories of cheer-filled Christmas mornings, family gatherings, and thoughts of the perfect gift. Yet, all too often those songs turn stale as we hear them repeated over and over again, covered by different artists. Here are ten of our favorite CCM Christmas originals, written and performed by the artist, in no particular order.