GRAMMY® Award-Winning Contemporary Christian Artist Chris Tomlin Receives SoundExchange Digital Radio Award at the 47th GMA Dove Awards
Contact: Sophia Majlessi, 202-696-1832; Josh Goldman, 202-559-0558; both with SoundExchange; Velvet Kelm, for Chris Tomlin, 615-591-7989
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- SoundExchange yesterday awarded GRAMMY® Award-winning contemporary Christian music superstar Chris Tomlin its prestigious Digital Radio Award in recognition of his incredible popularity on digital radio.
Tomlin has amassed more than one billion performances on the more than 2,800 digital radio services from which SoundExchange collects digital performance royalties. SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe presented Tomlin with the award on October 11 during the 47th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, which honor performers in Christian and gospel music.
"Chris is a fantastic artist with a massive following, and we couldn't be more proud to honor him with our SoundExchange Digital Radio Award," Huppe said. "We were also honored to bestow this award upon Chris during the GMA's Dove Awards, which are so important to the Christian and gospel artists and fans globally."
"I'm incredibly grateful and humbled to receive SoundExchange's Digital Radio Award," Tomlin said. "I'm blown away by how many people are streaming Christian music, and this award is an affirmation of the power and the impact of the genre."
Only recording artists who are registered members of SoundExchange and have at least one billion streams are eligible to receive the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award. Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks and Pitbull also have received the award.
The Dove Awards took place on Tuesday, October 11 at Lipscomb's University's Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. (CST). Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively broadcast the awards show on Sunday, October 16, at 7 p.m. (PST).
SoundExchange is the nonprofit organization at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 130,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts. To date, SoundExchange has paid out more than $4 billion in royalties. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.
About Chris Tomlin
Likely "the most often sung artist anywhere" according to TIME Magazine, Chris Tomlin is among the most influential artists in Christian music. Selling over 7 million albums and 8.9 million digital tracks, Tomlin has 15 No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY Award, three Billboard Music Awards, two platinum and five gold albums to his name. Tomlin's first book, Good Good Father, is available now and his new album, Never Lose Sight, will release October 21.