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MATT MAHER HONORED WITH BMI SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD




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NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
June 23, 2016

NASHVILLE, TENN. (June 23, 2016) Eight-time GRAMMY-nominated artist Matt Maher was awarded with top honors at this week's invitation only event for the annual BMI Christian Music Awards. He tied for the top award given for Christian Songwriter of the Year with Chris Tomlin. This is Maher's third Songwriter of the Year award.

"Matt Maher is such a treasure. He represents what the BMI Christian Music catalog is all about," states Leslie Roberts Executive Director, Writer Publisher Relations. "Maher is a triple-threat! He's an incredible songwriter, musician and artist! Songwriters like Matt continue to build the BMI repertoire as evidenced by this being his third Christian Music Songwriter of the Year award."

"Matt has an incredible ability to write songs that musically and lyrically connect the wisdom from scripture to stirrings of the heart," shares Holly Zabka, Vice President Essential Music Publishing. "It's an amazing privilege to be part of his journey as a songwriter and experience the impact his songs have around the world.

Maher was honored for his songs "Because He Lives (Amen)," "Come As You Are (Recorded by Crowder)," and "Soul On Fire (Recorded by Third Day)." He also performed his award-winning song "Because He Lives (Amen)" at Tuesday night's event.

"The BMI Christian Music Awards is one of my favorite events to attend, partly because BMI recognizes that songs are the backbone of the music industry," Maher says. "Since 1939, BMI has been representing writers around the world and I'm so honored to be a part of the global community and even more specifically the Christian music community. It was a joy to win alongside a great friend and phenomenal songwriter like Chris Tomlin. I'm looking forward to celebrating all of BMI's writers for years to come!"

Maher will be performing in Krakow, Poland this summer at multiple events associated with World Youth Day, which is a worldwide gathering with Pope Francis open to all young people who desire a pilgrimage to encounter Jesus Christ alongside their contemporaries. In between World Youth Day and headlining fairs and festivals this summer, Maher will also participate in Chris Tomlin's Worship Night in America events taking place in New York City, Denver, Miami and Chicago. This fall he will head on tour with label mates Casting Crowns - click here for the complete list of dates.

ABOUT MATT MAHER: Since his 2008 major label debut, Matt Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. An eight time-GRAMMY nominee, he has garnered multiple radio successes writing and recording songs like "Lord, I Need You," "Hold Us Together," "Christ Is Risen," "All The People Said Amen" and "Your Grace Is Enough." Maher has penned songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture and Bethel among others. Matt has written or co-written five No. 1 radio singles. In 2013, Maher had a career highlight performing in Rio in front of Pope Francis and a crowd of 3 million people, as well as performing in 2015 in downtown Philadelphia as part of the World Meeting of Families with The Fray, Aretha Franklin, Juanes, Jim Gaffigan, among others. In 2015, Maher was awarded his first RIAA Gold certification for his popular single "Lord, I Need You."

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For more info on Matt Maher visit the JFH Artists Database.

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