Casting Crowns' "Voice of Truth" earned BMI song of the year honors, while the group's frontman Mark Hall, who wrote that song with Steven Curtis Chapman, earned the prestigious songwriter of the year title at the BMI Christian Music Awards.

Held tonight (April 21) in Nashville, the awards salute the writers and publishers of the past year's most performed Christian songs on Christian radio and television. Awards were presented for 25 songs in five categories: Christian rock, contemporary Christian, inspirational, urban gospel and southern gospel.

Hall's hits "Lifesong," "Praise You in This Storm" and "Voice of Truth," all recorded by Casting Crowns, garnered three awards in both the contemporary and inspirational categories.

The ceremony also feted publisher of the year Songs of Greater Vision. The award is determined by the highest percentage of copyright ownership in award songs. The company's two honored songs, "Do You Want To Be Forgiven" and "Don't Let The Sandals Fool Ya," secured individual BMI Christian Awards for writer Rodney Griffin.

BMG Music Group (Bridge Building Music/Careers-BMG Music Publishing/Zomba Songs) took home four BMI Christian Awards, while publishers Club Zoo Music, My Refuge Music and SWECS Music earned three awards each.

Gospel star Kirk Franklin, Christian rock band Sanctus Real and Casting Crowns' Hall performed during the ceremony.

A complete list of the 2007 BMI Christian Awards is available on bmi.com.

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