People have spoken: Australia’s favorite Christian music artists

Australia’s favorite Christian music artist this year has been chosen: For King and Country.

The Australian Artist of the Year award is part of the People’s Choice Music Awards 2022. Each year, nominees are chosen from the top five most played artists on Christian radio over the past 12 months. The awards are divided into two categories: Australian and International Christian Music Artists. Thousands of votes were received to determine this year’s winners.

Lauren Daigle won International Artist of the Year and Brooke Ligertwood won New Zealand Artist of the Year.

The People’s Choice Music Awards are organized by Christian Media and Arts Australia (CMAA). The winners were announced at an official awards ceremony, held at Mantra on View on the Gold Coast on September 13, alongside the CMAA Excellence in Media Awards 2022. Over 200 Christian media professionals and arts attended the event.

Chris Sebastian performs at the 2022 CMAA Excellence in Media Awards

Australian singer-songwriter Chris Sebastian, winner of The voice 2020, performed at the ceremony with the Melbourne singer and semi-finalist in The voice Australia, Fatai.

The pair started the evening with a perfect duet of the John Farnham classic you are the voice – a fitting anthem for Australia’s Christian media and arts community.

After the music awards, Chris Sebastian wowed the crowd with his rendition of International Artist of the Year, Lauren Daigle’s hit I believe.

The ceremony kicked off a historic conference on media and the arts for the CMAA. After two years of coming together online due to Covid, CONNECT22 was CMAA’s first hybrid conference, with people coming together both in person and via livestream to explore this year’s theme “truth, kindness, beauty” from September 13 to 15.

A series of media excellence awards were presented at the ceremony, covering a range of categories in radio, digital media, film, television, sales, fundraising, innovation, community impact and more. Three Legacy Awards were given to Australians who had dedicated their lives to sharing their faith through media and the arts.

“Australia needs you right now… We need to talk.” – Gary (Texas) Houston

Legacy Award recipient Gary (Tex) Houston, video producer and missionary worker, was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the media.

“Australia needs you right now,” he told the audience. “We are at a critical point with our morals and our values, and our lack of understanding of where to get them… We have to speak out.”

Houston certainly led by example. After his spectacular conversion to Christianity, five years into his career, a successful musician, he arguably produced more videos for the Christian music market than any other individual, while also being heavily involved in missionary work. .

David Holmes received a Legacy Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, after 40 years of music and ministry involvement. Her career spans over 400 album projects, including recording and co-writing with Darlene Zschech, and even her accompaniment at a worship event for the Pope. Holmes has also performed and recorded with countless other Christian artists, including Steve Grace, Geoff Bullock, Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith and Colin Buchanan.

Holmes shared that after dedicating his life to Christ at the age of 18, he decided that “whatever gift, whatever level of resource has been given to me, I’m going to commit it. to express my journey of faith.

“Of course you can’t do this alone,” he added, paying special credit to his 32-year-old wife, Margie. “None of us are answering the call we have on our lives as a solo artist, as a solo act. All of tonight’s winners have a team of people behind them supporting and supporting them. encourage, help create the vision and help facilitate [so they can] talk it over.

Fatai sings at the CMAA Excellence in Media Awards 2022 ceremony

Fatai sings at the CMAA Excellence in Media Awards 2022 ceremony

The third Legacy Award, for Outstanding Contribution to the Media, went to an entire family – the Daniel family, who have been involved in community radio for 45 years so far. Brothers Terry, Richard and Glenn Daniel started a local 2DD radio station in their childhood bedrooms, drilling holes in the floor to run cables into their makeshift studios. Since Glenn’s death in 2021, the family has continued that legacy with Glenn’s son, Mark, and Richard’s daughter, Mel, also working in radio.

The MVP award for Outstanding Contribution went to Alan Martin from Positive Media and Laurene McClymont from Adelaide radio station 1079 Life. Positive Media’s Mary Argall received this year’s Emerging Talent Award.

CMAA CEO Nathan Brown presented two special awards to Phil Edwards, who served as CMAA Past President for 10 years, and to CBM for 10 years of partnership with CMAA and Christian radio stations.

A series of other Media Excellence Awards were given out for compelling content in different media formats.

The ceremony set the stage for attendees to continue their journey of “truth, goodness and beauty” over the next two days of the CONNECT 22 conference.

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