CCM Readers' Choice Awards 2006
- Tuesday, February 14, 2006
FAVORITE HIP HOP ARTIST: KJ-52
3. the Cross Movement
You can’t help but appreciate the in-your-face, self-effacing twisty turns of phrases delivered by this plain, white rapper. Give it up for a guy who used to have hair like Napoleon Dynamite.
FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST: Phillips, Craig and Dean
3. David Phelps
The year 2006 will mark Randy, Shawn and Dan’s 15th anniversary of fine-tuning their harmonies to our delight. They remind us of Ecclesiastes 4:12: “a three-strand cord is not easily broken.” The same can be said of their three-voice chords.
FAVORITE HARD MUSIC ARTIST: pillar
3. Project 86
Pillar’s last album asked the musical question "Where Do We Go From Here?" The answer, according to you readers, is “Anywhere you want. Just take us with you.”
FAVORITE GOSPEL/R&B ARTIST: Out of Eden
2. Kirk Franklin
3. Mary Mary
Girl power wins out as the Kimmey sisters, always big vote-getters, take the top in Favorite Gospel/R&B again! Their 2005 release, "Hymns," deftly demonstrated their vocal chops in a fresh new way.
FAVORITE ALBUM: "Lifesong" - Casting Crowns
2. Relient K - "MmHMM"
3. tobyMac – "Welcome to Diverse city"
What does the fastest-selling debut artist in the history of modern Christian music do for an encore? Come back strong with "Lifesong," Casting Crowns’ second studio album, giving fans more of what won their hearts in the first place.
FAVORITE SONG – "Beauty From Pain" - Superchick
2. Natalie Grant - “Held”
3. Casting Crowns - “Lifesong”
Though most of Superchic[k]’s music is revved up enough to make you sweat, this piano-driven introspection clearly touched a nerve (and more than a few hearts). And what they sing is true, “I cling to your promise there will be a dawn.”
FAVORITE SONG VIDEO – "Stars" - Switchfoot
2. Relient K - “Be My Escape”
3. tobyMac - “Gone”
You’re definitely stars-struck by Switchfoot, giving an A+ to a video that takes lead singer Jon Foreman below sea level … but even an intense thunderstorm can’t rain on the band’s parade of rockin’ riffs.
FAVORITE FESTIVAL: Creation East
3. Spirit West Coast
You totally dig the bumper crop of music produced every year at The Agape Farm in Mt. Union, Pa. Joining 70,000-plus other fans, you stake your claim on some sod and soak up the annual celebration that’s been rockin’ since ’79.
FAVORITE PRODUCER: Aaron Sprinkle
STAR-STUDDED-SUPER-STEP … Traditionally pop producers have prevailed in this category, but this year you voted to amplify the success of producer/engineer/recording artist Aaron Sprinkle, a former member of the band Poor Old Lu. Following critical praise for producing alt faves such as MxPx and Starflyer59, he’s made noise among the masses for his work with Jeremy Camp, Kutless and Hawk Nelson. As you read this, Aaron and his new band Fair are putting the final touches on their debut album which will be released by Tooth & Nail in the spring. To check out the final mix of Fair’s new song, “Carelessness,” visit FairForever.com.
And now for a few ... shall we say ... niche categories. We asked, and you ... well ... you answered. Party on.
SHOULD MAKE A COMEBACK: dc Talk
2. Jennifer Knapp
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