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Posted February 25, 2011

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Ingram Receives His Fifth Consecutive ìSongwriter of the Yearî
Honor at SESAC Christian Music Awards Last Night

(Nashville, Tenn.) February 25, 2011 ñ Songwriter, producer and artist Jason Ingram (Essential Music Publishing, Showdown Publishing) set a Gospel Music Association record last week by being the only person in the history of the organization to receive 11 Dove Award nominations in one awards season. This industry-first recognizes the West Virginia-nativeís overwhelming impact on artists and songs spanning a variety of musical styles. In addition, Ingram was named SESACís Christian Music Songwriter of the Year for the fifth year in a row, during a ceremony in Nashville last night.

ìJason is a creative force and someone weíre proud to have worked with over the past several years,î notes Terry Hemmings, President & CEO, Provident Music Group. ìWith the number of inspiring songs heís delivered through radio and for the church, itís not surprising heíd be honored by his industry peers with a record setting number of Dove nominations and his fifth SESAC Christian Music Songwriter of the Year honor. Jason truly deserves this recognition.î

Tim Fink, SESAC VP of Writer and Publisher Relations, shares, ìI canít recall the last time we had someone receive our Songwriter of The Year trophy five years in a row. Jason is an incredible talent as a writer, producer, artist and worship leader. He is inspiring and we are incredibly privileged to work alongside him.î

Ingram gathered nominations in the following categories:
-Song Of The Year (2) ñ ìHold My Heartî by Tenth Avenue North; ìLead Meî by Sanctus Real
-Producer Of The Year ñ a joint nomination with Rusty Varenkamp
-Rock Recorded Song Of The Year ñ ìAnchorî by Satellites and Sirens
-Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song Of The Year (2) ñ ìLead Meî by Sanctus Real; ìKeep Changing The Worldî by MIKESCHAIR
-Worship Song Of The Year ñ ìGreatness of Our Godî co-written with Rueben Morgan and Stu G.
-Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year (as producer) ñ The Light Meets The Dark by Tenth Avenue North
-Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year (as producer) (2) ñ Pieces of A Real Heart by Sanctus Real; Satellites & Sirens by Satellites & Sirens
-Praise & Worship Album Of The Year (as producer) ñ As Long As It Takes by Meredith Andrews

Ingram has had a tremendous effect on radio in 2010 and 2011, racking up an impressive list of chart-topping songs, including:

Four No. 1 songs:
-ìLead Meî by Sanctus Real (No. 1 on AC Monitored for 9 weeks, No. 1 on AC Indicator for 5 weeks)
-ìLight Up The Skyî by The Afters (No. 1 on AC Indicator for 5 weeks, No. 1 at AC Monitored for 2 weeks and -No. 1 at CHR for 7 weeks)
-ìI Will Followî by Chris Tomlin (AC indicator No. 1)
-ìYour Loveî by Brandon Heath (No. 1 AC Monitored seven weeks and counting).

Six Top 5 songs:
-ìYou Are Moreî by Tenth Avenue North (No.4 on AC Monitored, No.2 AC Indicator currently)
-ìHealing Beginsî by Tenth Avenue North (No. 4 on AC Monitored and #3 on AC Indicator)
-ìLight Up The Skyî by The Afters (No. 3 on AC Monitored)
-ìI Will Followî by Chris Tomlin (No. 2 on AC Monitored)
-ìMore Like Falling In Loveî by Jason Gray (No. 4 on AC Indicator)
-ìJust To Be With Youî by Paul Baloche (No. 2 on Inspo)

Five Top 10 songs:
-ìAlive Againî by Matt Maher (No. 10 AC Monitored and No. 6 on AC Indicator)
-ìHealing Beginsî by Tenth Avenue North (No. 6 on CHR)
-ìGreatness of Our Godî by Natalie Grant (No. 7 on Inspo)
- ìBlinkî by Revive (No. 10 on CHR)
-ìMore Like Falling In Loveî by Jason Gray (no. 9 on AC Monitored)

Ingram, who also counts vocalist and songwriter for the group one sonic society among his artistic pursuits, showcases whatís great about Christian music, says Gospel Music Association chairman Ed Leonard. ìHe is an influencer across the creative community and I canít be more excited about this incredible accomplishment,î shares Leonard. ìCongratulations, Jason!î

While Ingramís presence is most immediately felt in the Christian and Worship music arenas,
he is also gaining momentum internationally. Most recently his song ìJust One Kiss,î recorded by Nick Carter, climbed into the Top 10 in Japan.

About Jason Ingram:
Jason Ingram has one of the most diverse and accomplished resumes in Christian music. Born in West Virginia, he spent part of his childhood in Dallas and later moved to Santa Cruz, Calif. Jasonís father, Chip Ingram, is a prominent speaker/author, but the young Ingram knew early on that music would be his vehicle for sharing his passion. In 1999, he relocated to Nashville, Tenn. and his self-titled debut album was released in 2002 on Resonate/INO Records. The following year he became frontman for the critically acclaimed band The Longing.

In the past few years, heís become one of Christian music most successful and respected songwriters and producers. Heís produced Tenth Avenue North, Sanctus Real, Meredith Andrews, Mikeschair, Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown, Carlos Whittaker, Jason Gray and Bebo Norman, among others, and his songwriting credits include, Brandon Heathís ìGive Me Your Eyes,î Hillsongís and One Sonic Societyís ìForever Reign,î Britt Nicoleís ìSet the World on Fire,î Paul Balocheís ìTo The Cross,î Matt Maherís ìAlive Againî and two Tenth Avenue North songs, ìLove is Hereî and ìBy Your Side.î

The latter was named Song of the Year at the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards and was the No. 3 played Christian song of the decade (2000-2010) according to the Billboard Magazine. Ingram also picked up the Producer of the Year Dove Award, was Billboard Magazineís 2009 and 2010 Christian Songwriter of the Year. Further, Ingram is co-writer of back-to-back GMA Dove Award winning Songs of the Year (2009ís ìGive Me Your Eyesî by Brandon Heath and 2010ís ìBy Your Sideî recorded by Tenth Avenue North) , SESACís Co-writer of The Year for the last two years (for his work on ìGive Me Your Eyesî and ìBy Your Sideî) and recently received his fifth consecutive SESAC Christian Music Award for Songwriter of the Year.

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