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TobyMac Celebrates Third Consecutive Win As BMI's Songwriter of the Year
Posted: Thursday April 7th, 2011
The 2011 BMI Christian Songwriters of the Year gather for a photo at the BMI Christian Awards, staged April 4th in Nashville. Pictured are Rodney Griffin, TobyMac, and Bo Rinehart. Photo by John Russell
This week, BMI hosted their Annual Christian Awards ceremony at their offices in downtown Nashville and for the third year in a row Forefront's Multi-Platinum™ selling artist TobyMac took home the award of the night Songwriter of the Year, making it his fourth win in this category. He shared the honour with Rodney Griffin and Needtobreathe's Bo Rinehart who also took home awards for the same title. Additionally, the award-winning artist's hit songs "Get Back Up" and "City On Our Knees" were recognized for being two of the Top 25 most performed songs on Christian radio over the past year.
In addition to being one of Nashville's top songwriters, TobyMac continues to mentor songwriters and artists such as Jamie Grace, through Gotee Records and is excited for what she is bringing to the music industry.
"Jamie Grace writes, sings and plays her own music. She has a style that can't be put into a typical label boxâ€”a dash of reggae, a dash of folk, a dash of hip hop," says TobyMac. "I've said it a million times, 'If we're ever going to be a shining city on a hill, we have to be diverse city.' Jamie Grace is part of that diverse city. She's such a natural, beautiful next step for our industry."
The new female vocalist's latest single "Hold Me", also featuring TobyMac, was recently given the spotlight at iTunes ® as the Discovery Download.Â Listeners welcomed Grace with open arms as over 188,000 downloads were received. For more information on Jamie Grace please go to www.Jamiegrace.com.
TobyMac is currently entertaining crowds in the thousands on the HipRockFunkandSoul Tour. Opening the show are the solo talents of ArchNemesiz, SHONLOCK, Nirva Ready, Toddiefunk, Tim Rosenau, SuperHeRose and Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers otherwise known as the Diverse City Band.
BMI's Beth Laird and Leslie Roberts with TobyMac as "City On Our Knees" was honored for being one of the Top 25 most performed songs on Christian radio in the past year. Photo by John Russell
BMI's Beth Laird and Leslie Roberts with TobyMac as he receives the award for "Get Back Up". Photo by John Russell
With over 10 million in career sales, TobyMac's first three solo projects received RIAA® Gold® status and GRAMMY® nominations, his live CD/DVD took home a GRAMMY® award in 2009, and this year the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist celebrated his seventh consecutive GRAMMY® nomination for his latest album Tonight that received a nod for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. The GRAMMY® nominated single from the hit record "City On Our Knees" track topped the sales and radio charts faster than any of his previous singles, spending eight weeks at no. 1 on the Christian Audience Chart. Tonight also garnered him the highest sales debut of his solo career with over 78,000 units and a no. 6 Billboard Top 200 debut. The album was also named as iTunes® Best Christian Album of 2010.
Along with sold out tour dates, back-to-back radio hits and being named the GMA Dove Award's 2008 Artist of the Year and recently nominated for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the 2010 American Music Awards, the title-track of TobyMac's latest album was also chosen as the theme song for MLB's 30 Clubs in 30 Days Spring Training Series and featured on the Golf Channel. In addition, his music has been heard in major motion pictures such as "Hancock", "Transporter 2", while also being featured on Fox sports, The NFL network, being selected as the theme song for Fox College Football, WWE's Fatal 4-Way Pay-Per-View and "Showstopper" was featured in ESPN's ESPY Award Show and most recently chosen to launch the new season of CBS hit television show CSI: NY.
For more information on TobyMac please visit his YMZ artist page. Tonight and TobyMac's music video collection Moving Pictures are currently available at your local Canadian Christian retailer. If you do not live near a retailer, you can order it here.