Josh Turner was the big winner at the 10th annual Christian Country Music Awards, held last night (Nov. 4) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Turner, who co-hosted the event with Lisa Ryan, won song and video of the year for “Long Black Train.” He was also named songwriter of the year.
“Long Black Train” peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in February. The song served as the breakthrough hit in the country format for the young MCA Nashville artist and also earned him a fan base in Christian country circles.
The entertainer of the year prize went to Clifton Jansky. Mike Hammock won the male vocalist of the year award, and Stella Parton was named female vocalist of the year. Jimmy Snow received the Pioneer Award and the Living Legend Award.
Perennial favorites the Fox Brothers took home the vocal group of the year award while Young Harmony was named vocal duo. Last Light Band won the trio of the year accolade.
Country veterans the Oak Ridge Boys were named mainstream artist of the year. The group performed “Someplace Green,” from its current Spring Hill album, “The Journey,” at the event.
The new artist of the year award went to Tommy Brandt. Frankie Punkintown Smith won the comedy act of the year honor while Rory Hoffman was named musician of the year. The youth in music award was presented to Jana Brooke. Del Way was named music evangelist of the year.
The Christian Country Music Awards are the cornerstone of the Christian Country Music Association Convention, held at the Millennium Maxwell House in Nashville. For the second consecutive year, the awards were broadcast live on the Great American Country cable network. Winners are determined by the association’s members.