Three Aussie acts – UNITED, Young & Free and For King & Country have each nabbed a slot on the Wow Hits 2017 compilation released this week.
This collection marks the 22nd two-disc release of the platinum-selling series which has compiled the year’s best radio songs since 1995.
WOW is a marketing collaboration between Capitol Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment – the three largest Christian music and entertainment companies.
Altogether, the WOW branded series has topped more than 30 MILLION units in sales making this one of the most successful campaigns in Christian music history.
So that’s great recognition for the Aussies!
United’s in there with Say The Word, Young & Free’s studio version of Real Love is there along with for King & Country It’s Not Over yet.
The project includes the usual crew – MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Matthew West, and Francesca Battistelli.
Former American Idol finalist Danny Gokey gets a run with Tell Your Heart To Beat Again, as do newcomers Hollyn, Zach Williams and Urban Rescue.
It’s a great collection of songs about God’s love for us, trusting God to carry us through the difficult times, and being a light to the world.
The Dove Awards are just a few days away! And AUSTRALIANS have scored 21 nominations across 14 categories.
The Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian and Gospel music.
Leading the Aussie nominations this year is UNITED which has seven nods.
The Sydney group’s up for ‘Artist’ of the year. Their song Touch The Sky has been nominated for ‘Song’ and ‘Worship Song’ of the year, and their album, Empires which includes that tune, is up for ‘Pop Contemporary Album’, ‘Worship Album’ and best ‘Recorded Music Packaging’.
Joel Houston, who wrote several songs on that album, has been nominated for the ‘Songwriter’ category.
Hillsong Worship has scored THREE nominations. O Praise The Name has got a nod for ‘Inspirational Song’, the album Open Heaven/River Wild is up for Inspirational Album, while En Esto Creo is listed for best ‘Spanish Language Album’.
And Young & Free has received TWO nominations both with Youth Revival for best ‘Long Form Video’, and best ‘Recorded Music Packaging’ which sees them go head-to-head with UNITED in the same category.
The Aussie nods don’t stop there…
For King & Country has secured TWO major nods for ‘Artist’ and ‘Contemporary Christian Artist’ Of The Year!
And Planetshakers will go head-to-head with Young & Free with #Let’s Go for best ‘Long Form’ video.
These are significant achievements for UNITED, Hillsong Worship, Young & Free, Planetshakers, and for King & Country.
The Dove Awards will be held in Nashville on October 11.