Songwriter earned four nods.
Mark Hall was named songwriter of the year at BMI's annual Christian Music Awards Monday (June 20) night at the performing rights organization's Nashville offices. Hall earned four BMI Citations of Achievement for the hits "If We Are the Body" and "Who Am I," from Casting Crowns self-titled Beach Street/Reunion Records debut.
Word rock act Building 429 took home song of the year for "Glory Defined," written by the group's Jim Cooper and Jason Roy. The song, published by Dayspring Music, was also named the most-performed Christian song of the year.
In addition to Cooper and Roy, songwriters collecting two awards each were Aaron Sprinkle for "Rawkfist" and "Sea of Faces"; Marc Byrd for "God of Wonders"; Kenny Greenberg for "More"; and Brendan Graham for "You Raise Me Up."
The evening, which featured special performances by Casting Crowns, Dottie Peoples, Legacy Five and George Rowe, also honored publisher of the year - a four-way tie between Christian Taylor Music, Club Zoo Music, SWECS Music and Songs of Greater Vision.
BMI's senior VP Phil Graham, VP Paul Corbin and director Joyce Rice presented Citations of Achievement to 22 songs in five categories: AC, CHR, contemporary/traditional Gospel, rock and southern gospel.
For a complete list of winners, see Billboard.com/awards.