Isa's Wendy Cochrane wins Country & Silver @ Australian Gospel Music Awards
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#1 Mar 6, 2007
Mt Isa's Wendy Cochrane has won the Country Gospel Section and Silver Song of The Year @ Australian Gospel Music Awards.
The late Peter Dodds McCormack, the composer of the “Advance Australia Fair” was awarded the Yamaha Golden Gospel Award for services to the music industry in Canberra today. This one of several awards is given in recognition of the unique Australian Christian music sector that has seen strong growth over recent years.
Whilst well known as the composer of the Australian National Anthem, Peter Dodds McCormack (1835-1916) was also a prolific songwriter, arranger and precentor of the Presbyterian Church. In this role he was responsible for forming church choirs across Australia, often against the very conservative elders of the period. In fact his efforts resulted in a world record when he conducted some 10,000 children and 1,000 teachers at the Raikes Sunday school Centenary in 1880 in Sydney. He was highly considered by many as the father of church choirs in Australia.
This is the first time a posthumous award has been made at the Australian Gospel Music Awards. Previous Yamaha Golden Gospel Award winners have included Jimmy Little, Sister Janet Mead and Francine Bell.
And in recognition of having the fastest selling Australian singles and the highest selling single in Australia of all time with “The Prayer”, Anthony Callea was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award”. Anthony was previously awarded an ARIA for the highest sales for this song which continues to receive wide airplay and is an excellent blending of a quality emotive tenor with a classic faith composition.
Amongst other awards, the Best Gospel Song went to “The Yearning” by Geoffrey Robertson, with runner up being “The Greatest Story Ever Told” by Wendy Cochrane. Other highlights included Best Lyrics to world famous a Capella quartet The Idea Of North’s Trish Delaney Brown for “Prayer For Peace”, rising R&B artist Skylla (a member of girl group “Sheeq”) with Best Music for her CD title track “Trials Of Your Faith”, and Col Joye protégé and praise and worship songwriter, Jim Peters with the Judges Commendation Award for “I Have Decided”.
The Best Gospel Song 2007 in the Youth category was awarded to 18-year-old Albury bred Daniel Brinsmead (NSW), who wrote the song “Look Up” dedicated to his grandmother and was present at the awards.
For the third year running, Hillsong Church won the Best Independent Recording Artist Award for its domination of sales and airplay over the year.
The Australian Gospel Music Awards are presented every year by the Australian Gospel Music Association. The awards, also affectionately known as the “Angels”, cover industry performance (sales/airplay), songwritting, genre and lifetime achievement and are the highpoint of recognition within the Australian Christian music industry.
Australian Christian music industry sales exceeded $30 million in 2006 continues to grow rapidly (6% of total music sales, rising from 5.2% in 2003). Some of our biggest music export earners have been Gospel performers - Sister Janet Mead (almost 3 million records sold worldwide), Hillsong Church (6 million), Newsboys (5 million), Rebecca St James (2.5 million) as charted by Woodlands Media. This music sector is real and alive!
#2 Jan 3, 2011
GIG The Future of Gospel Music
By: Nikole Smith
We have many Gospel artists that we love and adore, but when we listen to their music we only listen to the traditional Gospel music. Today I would like to introduce you to one of the most talented, Inspirational, electrifying Christian Rock Bands known as ‘GiG.” GIG brings an energetic message of praise, passion and love of gospel music through pop and rock music. GIG has released a total of four CD’s, which includes a feature song in the movie “Brim.”
GIG’s latest CD entitled “The Next GIG” is the very first CD that contains original content written by the band and also includes segments from “live” in concert. One thing is for sure “GIG is one Gospel band that you will want to see their electrifying performance will leave you in a state of amazement, continuous praise, and will leave you with a new perspective of Gospel music for all time.
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