CCM Readers' Choice Awards 2006
- Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Even though they’ve been together for more than a decade, there are no signs of them slowing down. Their fast response to those affected by Hurricane Katrina set the benevolent pace for other artists. Their new album, "Wherever You Are," sold faster in its first week on the street than any of their previous releases and has garnered busloads of praise.
With a mega-tour rolling out in February, they’ll be stocking up on DVDs and heading to a venue near you … wherever you are.
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST: Rebecca St. James
2. Bethany Dillon
3. Nichole Nordeman
REBECCA ST. JAVA … Apparently voting for Rebecca has become habit-forming. You’ve named her your Favorite Female Artist in every CCM readers’ poll since 2001.
You ardent fans waited somewhat patiently for the release of her first studio album in almost three years (November’s "If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something"), but throughout, your love for her has remained as strong as her passion for caffeine.
“I used to be a high-maintenance coffee drinker. A ‘grande non-fat milk, sugar-free vanilla latte’ was my drink of choice,” confides Rebecca. “Now my life is much simpler. I am a ‘non-fat-cappuccino’ girl. Bring on the foam!”
She’ll have to get that “cap” to go and leave her bike (a favorite “down-time” hobby) behind as she rolls into a big year which includes a trip to Rwanda to film a TV special for Compassion International, a spring tour with BarlowGirl, co-hosting the GMA Music Awards with Kirk Franklin and a European tour. And that’s just in the first six months of ‘06.
FAVORITE ARTIST: Jeremy Camp
3. Mac Powell
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST: Jeremy Camp
3. Chris Tomlin
CAMP MEETING … In addition to spending personal time together at home, lately Jeremy Camp and his wife Adie (aka Adrienne, former lead singer of The Benjamin Gate) have been meeting professionally in the recording studio. He and Zach Hodges are currently co-producing her solo album debut while she has her own production underway with their second child due this spring.
“It has been really exciting to see Adie singing again,” says Jeremy. “We had been praying for awhile, and were not even sure if this was what the Lord wanted. Things just started to fall into place and we felt a peace about everything.”
So how’s this professional relationship working out? “There for sure have been some different dynamics. You have two musicians and two opinions and to top it off you’re married. It has been really fun though. I might be a little biased, but I think she’s the best.”
By the time you read this, all three of Jeremy’s studio albums will be certified gold; now we’ll see if he can lend his Midas touch to Adie’s music too. Look for both of their new albums as well as Jeremy’s tour this fall.
FAVORITE WORSHIP LEADER: Chris Tomlin
2. David Crowder
3. Darlene Zschech
FAVORITE SONGWRITER: Chris Tomlin
2. Mac Powell
3. Jeremy Camp
CHIPS AHOY … Just how much does Chris Tomlin love Guero’s Taco Stand in his hometown of Austin? He frequently makes detours on his route home from the airport to scarf up the chicken fajita tacos, chips and queso and iced tea at this family-owned business.
“Austin is a great city for Tex-Mex and Guero’s is such a good place to hang with friends and catch up on life ... it’s a very relaxed place,” explains Chris. “Plus, I have never been much of a white table cloth kind of guy.”
Last year was indescribably good for Chris. He logged lots of miles touring with his pals Louie Giglio and Matt Redman, was the most played artist on Christian radio for 2005 and had three, count ’em, three songs in radio’s top 20 at the same time. This year brings Passion ‘06 and a new recording due out in April.
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