Apr 24 2013
Billboard Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

It's been a big year for Air1 artists. The Billboard Music Award Nominations for 2013 were announced this week, leaving many artists with lots to celebrate about.

Chris Tomlin has been honored with three nominations, one of them being the Top Christian Artist, along with fellow musicians Matt Redman, TobyMac, Casting Crowns, and MercyMe. Worship leader Matt Redman was also nominated for three awards, with his song “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” being honored for Top Christian Song.

Besides the Top Christian Artist category, Casting Crowns received an honor for Top Christian Album for their work on, Come To The Well. Also nominated for Top Christian Album is: TobyMac Eye On It, MercyMe The Hurt & The Healer, Lecrae Gravity, and Various Artists for Wow Hits 2013: 30 of Today’s Top Christian Artists & Hits. 

Building 429 also received honors for Top Christian Song for their hit, “Where I Belong.” The boys of Building 429 were thrilled and extremely appreciative upon hearing the news of their nomination. “We are thankful to have been selected to represent the greater Christian music industry at the Billboard Awards this year,” Building 429‘s lead singer Jason Roy explained. “It's an unbelievable honor that we cannot describe and we count it a privilege to be amongst such amazing artists in our category.  We send a special thank you to all the fans who made this possible by taking our song and making it their own!”

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 19, at 8/7c on ABC. 

 

Feb 11 2013
Christian Artists Win Big at The Grammy Awards

 

It was a big night for Christian music at Sunday's Grammy Awards! Singer/songwriter Matt Redman took home two trophies- one for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance for his song, “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).” And another for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)," which he shared with fellow songwriter Jonas Myrin. Writing on Twitter following the award Matt said, "We wrote this song for the glory of God, so He gets all the glory today too :)"

Congratulatory messages flooded twitter from several from fellow worship leaders including Chris Tomlin who wrote:"Could not be happier for @matt_redman and @jonasmyrin for the Grammy for 10,000 Reasons...Yes!"

Among the other winners, Gospel artist Lecrae won Best Gospel Album for his album GRAVITY. After winning Lecrae tweeted, "Just won a Grammy. I dedicate it all to the Unashamed fam all over the planet. 1.1.Six-To God be the Glory."

TobyMac took home the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his latest release EYE ON IT. "As a teenager writing songs, I never imagined winning a GRAMMY," Toby said, who was headlining Winter Jam in Atlanta. "It is an honor every artist dreams of! I'm truly humbled and so grateful for the amazing talent that surrounds me."

Jul 01 2009
If you like worship music ...

... then you probably have heard of Matt Redman, or at least, you've heard some of his songs on Air 1. Do you recognize "Blessed be Your Name" or "You Never Let Go"? Yeah, those are Matt Redman songs!

So Matt's been busy moving from England to the U.S. to plant a church in Atlanta, taking care of his wife, who is having baby #4, and just this week, he was finishing a new album with more awesome worship music. His new CD, We Shall Not Be Shaken, is coming out August 25th!

I love that Matt used the Psalms as inspiration for this new album:

 “This album praises God’s steadiness,” says Redman. “We’re being reminded how shakable earthly things are—job losses, home foreclosures. When we traveled to Korea, there were high profile suicides due to the failing marketplace. So it feels appropriate now to address the economy in a worship song. Nothing in the Psalms was ever detached from its era.”
So here's a question for you: who's your favorite worship artist/band? Post it in the comment section. I'd love to know!