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THIRD DAY HONORED WITH ASCAP VANGUARD AWARD THIS WEEK
Posted March 30, 2011

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Earlier this week, Third Day was honored with ASCAPŪs Vanguard Award, which recognized the band for its žextraordinary impact on Christian music.Ó Third Day is the first Christian music artist to receive the ASCAP Vanguard Award. Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include The Killers, Sara Bareilles, Santigold, All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, The Mars Volta, Jack Johnson, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Bjork.

Reunion recording artists Brandon Heath and Kerrie Roberts each had focused performances during the awards show as well. For more information on Third Day, Brandon Heath or Kerrie Roberts, please visit www.providentpress.com.

Please see the press release below, serviced by ASCAP yesterday, for a complete overview of the evening.

DAN MUCKALA NAMED SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AT
33rd ANNUAL ASCAP CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS

THIRD DAY, MERCY ME AND EMI CMG PUBLISHING AMONG TOP HONOREES


Nashville, TN, March 29, 2011: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) saluted the songwriters and publishers of Christian musicŪs most performed songs at its 33rd annual Christian Music Awards held March 28, 2011 at Richland Country Club in Nashville. These songwriters and publishers were honored before an audience of many distinguished songwriters, top Christian music stars and music industry leaders. Special tribute was paid to Third Day, who was honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award.

The eveningŪs top honors were awarded to the following:

ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year: Dan Muckala
ASCAP Christian Songwriter/Artist of the Year: MercyMe
ASCAP Christian Song of the Year: žAll of Creation,Ó written by Brown Bannister, Jim Bryson, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Dan Muckala, Mike Scheuchzer, and Robby Shaffer; published by Banistuci Music, Kobalt Songs, Simpleville Music and Wet As A Fish Music
ASCAP Christian Publisher of the Year: EMI CMG Publishing

A total of 22 most performed song honors were handed out while interspersed with several memorable performances by some of this yearŪs award winners. Those performances included žYour LoveÓ by Brandon Heath, žMy Own Little WorldÓ by Matthew West and two 2011 Dove Award nominees for Song of the Year: žStarry NightÓ by Chris August and žLead MeÓ by Sanctus Real. In addition, a special musical tribute to Third Day included remarkable performances of a couple of the bandŪs hits by Dove nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year Kerrie Roberts, and newcomer Trevor Morgan.

ASCAP Vice President and Managing Executive, Nashville, Tim DuBois presented Dan Muckala with his first Songwriter of the Year award. Muckala penned three of the most performed songs of the past year: žAll of CreationÓ (MercyMe), which also took home the award for Song of the Year, žBeautifulÓ (MercyMe) and žLight Up the SkyÓ (The Afters).

Collecting ASCAP Song of the Year honors for žAll of Creation,Ó recorded by MercyMe, were writers Brown Bannister, Jim Bryson, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Dan Muckala, Mike Scheuchzer, and Robby Shaffer. The publishers for žAll of CreationÓ are Banistuci Music, Kobalt Songs, Simpleville Music and Wet As A Fish Music. The song had a huge presence at radio, spending an extraordinary 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Christian charts.

MercyMe was honored with its first-ever ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year award. In past years, the band has collectively taken home a total of 52 ASCAP Most Performed Song awards. Lead singer Bart Millard was named ASCAP's Christian Songwriter of the Year in both 2003 and 2004. This year, in addition to taking home Song of the Year for žAll of Creation,Ó the members of MercyMe collected two Most Performed awards for žAll of CreationÓ and žBeautiful.Ó

ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI CMG Publishing who had six award-winning songs: žBefore the Morning,Ó žI Will Follow,Ó žJesus Saves,Ó žLead Me,Ó žMy Help Comes From the LordÓ and žOur God.Ó Tim DuBois presented the award to EMI CMG PublishingŪs Eddie DeGarmo. This is the eighth consecutive year EMI CMG has been honored with this award.

Tim DuBois and Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Music Group, presented Third Day with ASCAPŪs Vanguard Award, which recognized the band for its žextraordinary impact on Christian music.Ó Third Day is the first Christian music artist to receive the ASCAP Vanguard Award. Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include The Killers, Sara Bareilles, Santigold, All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, The Mars Volta, Jack Johnson, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Bjork.

Songwriters and artists in attendance included Third Day, Dan Muckala, Brandon Heath, Matthew West, Brown Bannister, Chris August, Sanctus Real, Ben Glover, Britt Nicole, Josh Wilson, Dave Barnes, Kerrie Roberts, Rusty Varenkamp, Mark Schultz, Jason Gray, Jonny Diaz, Trevor Morgan, Jamie Moore, Tony Wood, Cindy Morgan, Scott Davis and Moriah Peters.

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