At the 2019 ASCAP Christian Music Awards David Garcia was presented his second ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year award. Presnting to Garcia was artist Matthew West. His most-performed songs include “Everything” (TobyMac), “Grace Got You” (MercyMe feat. John Reuben) and “The Breakup Song” (Francesca Battistelli). The multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning songwriter and producer is nominated in several categories for this year’s Dove Awards, to be held on October 15.
The songwriters and publishers of “Reckless Love” received the ASCAP Christian Music Song of the Year Award. Co-writer and recording artist Cory Asbury and his wife Anna Asbury treated the audience to a performance of the hit.
Capitol CMG Publishing claimed the ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year Award for the 17th consecutive year for songs including “All My Hope,” “Do It Again,” “Everything,” “Resurrection Power” and more. Capitol CMG President Brad O’Donnell and his team were on hand to accept the award.
In addition to “Reckless Love,” the other two top Christian song performances — “Do It Again,” recorded by Elevation Worship and written by Matt Redman, and “Grace Got You,” recorded by Mercy Me and written by David Garcia, Ben Glover and John Reuben — were introduced by Curb | Word recording artist Francesca Battistelli. Redman performed “Do It Again,” while Garcia and Glover performed “Grace Got You.” A total of 21 most-performed song awards were presented during the show. Notable artists in attendance included Joel Smallbone (for King & Country), Chris Cleveland (Stars Go Dim), Pat Barrett and Ryan Ellis.
The ASCAP Christian Music Awards took place at the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, TN on Monday, September 16.