Published On: Tue, May 31st, 2011

Third Day Honored at 33rd Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards

Nashville, TN, ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) honored Third Day recently at its 33rd annual Christian Music Awards at the Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. The Atlanta quartet was presented with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award, in recognition of its extraordinary impact on Christian music. 

The invitation-only event recognized the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed Christian songs, with top awards being presented to the Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year and Publisher of the Year.

Third Day is the first recipient of the ASCAP Vanguard Award in the Christian music genre. Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include The Killers, Sara Bareilles, Santigold, All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, The Mars Volta, Jack Johnson, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Bjork. Over the past decade, the Atlanta-based, multi-Platinum Christian rock band Third Day (made up of members Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr and Mark Lee) has racked up an astounding 58 ASCAP Most Performed Song awards in addition to the 2003 ASCAP Christian Song of the Year for “Show Me Your Glory,” 27 No. 1 radio singles and sold more than 7.5 million albums which reflect an impressive 2 RIAA Platinum and 8 Gold Certifications. A recent Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee (2009), Third Day has garnered 24 career GMA Dove Awards from 47 nominations, 4 GRAMMY Awards (with 11 career nominations) and an American Music Award (with 3 American Music Award nominations).

Third Day has been featured by many top media outlets and even graced the cover of Billboard magazine, which called Third Day “one of the best rock bands.” As a top-ranked touring band, according to Pollstar magazine, Third Day has played for audiences reaching into the millions. The band’s eponymous debut bowed in 1996, with Conspiracy No. 5 appearing a year later. In 1999 Third Day returned with Time, and the next year Offerings, a collection of new and live material, came out, followed by Come Together in 2001 and Offerings II: All I Have to Give in 2003. That same year, the American Music Awards tapped the band with a nomination in the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist category. For the fifth studio album, 2004’s Wire (which was followed shortly after by Live Wire), Third Day returned to its rock ‘n’ roll roots, a trend they kept up for 2005’s Top Ten hit Wherever You Are. The band released a holiday album Christmas Offerings in 2006 and the compilations Chronology Volume 1 and Chronology Volume 2—a look at the first decade of the band’s career—the following year. In 2008 Third Day unveiled Revelation, which featured appearances by Chris Daughtry and Flyleaf’s Lacey Mosley. A Grammy-winning CD/DVD documentary, Live Revelations, chronicling the Third Day live concert experience with behind-the-scenes moments followed in 2009.

The band’s 2010 release, Move, is nominated for a 2011 GMA Dove Award in the category of Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year. Third Day is on the road in the U.S. through the spring with its “Make Your Move” Tour.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world’s largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 400,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.  ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists.  ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances.  ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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