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Matthew West, Cory Asbury, and More Songwriters Honored at 2021 Virtual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

Matthew West, Cory Asbury, and More Songwriters Honored at 2021 Virtual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has celebrated its annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards honoring the most performed Christian music of the past year. 

For the fourth time in his career, Matthew West is named ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year, honoring his work on hit songs including Jeremy Camp’s “Keep Me in the Moment” and Casting Crowns’ “Love Moved First” and “Start Right Here.” With over 130 songwriting credits for artists including Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, and Amy Grant and an equally impressive solo career, West was also recognized as ASCAP Christian Songwriter-Artist of the Year in 2013, 2015, and 2016. He is a five-time Grammy nominee and is currently on tour with Casting Crowns through the end of October.

Grammy-nominated songwriter, artist, and worship leader Cory Asbury takes home the ASCAP Christian Songwriter-Artist of the Year for the first time. After winning ASCAP Song of the Year in 2019 for his chart-topping hit “Reckless Love,” he now adds two ASCAP most-performed song awards for “The Father’s House” and “Sparrows.” 

The Grammy and Dove Award-nominated, and now ASCAP Award-winning, “Famous For (I Believe)” wins ASCAP Christian Song of the Year. Co-written by ASCAP member Alexis Slifer and published by All Essential Music and Buddybabe Music, the Tauren Wells and Jenn Johnson hit spent 54 weeks on the charts.

Capitol CMG Publishing received the ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year for the 19th consecutive year for songs including “Good God Almighty,” “Out Of My Hands” and “Peace Be Still.”

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ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams introduced the festivities with a congratulatory video message, saying, “My heart is full of gratitude for you, ASCAP’s family of songwriters, composers and music publishers. Your beautiful music shines a light in both hard and joyful times, guiding us forward with messages of love, hope, faith and mercy… Congratulations to all of this year’s winners for your achievements.” 

The full list of ASCAP Christian Music Awards winners is available at

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