Takes songwriter and song of year honors.
Jeremy Camp took top honors during the 28th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards Monday night (April 3) at Nashville's Richland Country Club. Camp was named songwriter of the year and his hit "Take You Back" was named song of the year.
An emotional Camp took the stage to accept his honors. In his speech he recalled losing his wife to cancer and the despair that followed. "I remember being on my face before the Lord saying 'I can't continue on, but here I am this broken vessel, use me.'"
EMI CMG Publishing was named ASCAP’s Christian Publisher of the year. The company was recognized for numerous songs including Nichole Nordeman’s "Brave," Switchfoot’s "Meant To Live and "Stars."
Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman was on tour and not present to personally accept the ASCAP Impact Award, which the organization bestowed upon him "to celebrate the success and influence of his songs in mainstream rock music."
The ASCAP Crescendo Award recognized the late Keith Green, the pioneering singer/songwriter who lost is life in a plane crash. Sparrow Records founder Billy Ray Hearn discussed the early days of Green's career and recalled Green signing a deal at a Bob's Big Boy restaurant in LA. Singer/songwriter Vickie Beeching performed Green's classic "Oh Lord, You're Beautiful." His widow, Melody and daughter, Rachel, were on hand to accept the award. ASCAP honored Green commending the fact that his "musical legacy lives on and continues to inspire Christian artists and songwriters."
Hosted by ASCAP senior VP Connie Bradley and ASCAP assistant VP Dan Keen, the evening also featured performances by the Afters, Bethany Dillon and Lee Miller, who performed the tune "Hillbilly Porn," a song about the controversial nude statue located on Music Row.