FRANKLIN, Tenn., (CelebrityAccess) — Colby Wedgeworth, the songwriter behind hits such as “Beloved,” “Old Church Choir,” “Unfinished,” “Whole Heart” and “Word of Life” was presented with the Christian Music Songwriter of the Year at the ASCAP Christian Music Awards.
The awards gala, which took place at Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, Tennessee, were presented by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
This was Colby Wedgeworth’s first ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year honor. Wedgeworth was the 2017 recipient of the ASCAP Song of the Year honor (“The River”) and is also this year’s leading Dove Awards nominee with eight nominations.
Other winners for the night included Twila Paris, who was presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which honors songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved notable career milestones.
To mark the occasion, Selah treated the full house to a medley of Paris’s signature songs as well as her hit, “How Beautiful,” after she accepted the award.
Capitol CMG Publishing claimed the ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year Award for the 16th consecutive year with seven award-winning titles (“Even If,” “Forgiven,” “Live Like You’re Loved,” “Love Broke Thru,” “Oh My Soul,” “The Gospel,” “Unfinished.”). Capitol CMG Executive Vice President Casey McGinty and his team were on hand to accept the award.
The Gospel Music Association was honored with the ASCAP Partners in Music Award for their role in bringing attention to the work of Christian songwriters. GMA Executive Director Jackie Patillo accepted the award, which recognizes an ASCAP licensee who has shown exceptional dedication in presenting ASCAP members’ music to the public.
A total of 19 most-performed song awards were presented during the show, with additional live performances from Matthew West, Jason Houser and A.J. Pruis (“Broken Things”) and the choir from Dickson, Tennessee’s First Baptist Church (“Old Church Choir”).
Loren Patterson, a seven-year-old member of the choir, became an accidental media star when a video clip of her dancing during a performance of “Old Church Choir” went viral after the show.