Oct 20, 2013

'10,000 Reasons' wins Dove awards

"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" dominated the Gospel Music Association's 44th annual Christian music awards, winning song of the year, pop song of the year, worship song of the year and songwriter of the year awards for Matt Redman

Redman, a British evangelical, helped found Soul Survivor in the UK in the 1990s and worked with Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin of Passion City Church in Atlanta from 2008 to 2010. Along with Tomlin, Reman's voice, sensibilities and style serve to shape much of evangelical worship today. His songs have been among the most played in evangelical churches in the last decade. Since October 2004, at least one of his songs has been in the top 10 most-played in US churches every single reporting period. In recent years, Redman's name has appeared on the list of most-played worship music two, three or four times per period, and his 2011 album topped Christian music charts.  

At the Dove Awards this year, he won six trophies, including those for "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)." The song also won a Grammy for best Christian music earlier this year. The Dove Awards took place on Oct. 15, and will be aired on UP TV Monday night. 

TobyMac, who also won at the Dove Awards, told Billboard that the awards show was a good representation of how relevant Christian music is today. "We flexed our muscles tonight," he said, "and we showed the world that Christian music isn't stodgy. It's filled with life, not only in the lyrics we sing,  but in the style of music that we make."