Visible Music College President Ken Steorts Presents at 6th Annual We Love Christian Music Awards
Steorts joined by Visible alum Marci Coleman as innovative college supports unique music awards program
Posted: February 24, 2018, 5:00 PM | Category:General Artist Tags: Source: McCain & Co.
Visible Music College, one of the most innovative bachelor's degree-granting music colleges in the country, was the exclusive sponsor of the 6th Annual WE LOVE Christian Music Awards, and its results show, dubbed Together WE LOVE, which was broadcast via Facebook Live from Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Hosted by Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way and produced by the largest Christian music site online, NewReleaseToday (NRT), the exclusive two-hour Together WE LOVE event was held at Nashville's Full Circle Music studios and was attended by tens of thousands of Christian music fans via the Facebook Live broadcast. In addition, fans were given the opportunity to show their love by giving to relief organization Convoy Of Hope.
As the awards were being presented to some of the top Christian artists in the world, Visible Music College president, Dr. Ken Steorts (one of the original founding members of the award-winning, Double Platinum-selling Christian rock band Skillet), and Visible Music College alum and Madison Line Records recording artist Marci Coleman were on hand to help with the festivities. Among other duties at the show, the pair presented the award for Best Music Video to Spencer Kane for "This is the Intro."
"The WE LOVE Christian Music Awards program is unique in its focus on fan input and multiple categories of music and content," says Steorts. "We decided to sponsor the WE LOVE Christian Music Awards because we are an unashamedly Christian and modern music college. While we teach, create and perform all styles of music in the church and mainstream music industry, we love Christians making music and we love the music they make! We love NewReleaseToday being the source for Christian music globally, and we work together to train and equip musicians to bring the gospel and good life message to people across all genres and cultures."
The Together WE LOVE show featured a record breaking 86 nominees in 24 categories in what proved to be the WE LOVE Christian Music Awards' most diverse year to date. Big winners included Jamie Grace, who took home The PopLITE Award (Pop Contemporary Album of the Year), Female Artist of the Year, and Fan Impact Award; and Tauren Wells, who walked away with The Hook Award (Pop Album of the Year), Best Cover Song, and Male Artist of the Year. Other winners included Matthew West, As We Ascend, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Travis Greene, Kari Jobe, Lecrae and a host of others. Nominees in each category were determined by the editorial staff at NewReleaseToday, and winners were chosen by the fans.
Together WE LOVE also featured a number of never-before-seen performances, mash-ups and team-ups, including Marc Martel covering Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now," Iron Bell Music covering Travis Greene's "You Waited," Jamie Grace performing The PopLITE Award Medley, Todd Smith of Selah and Natasha Owens performing The Encounter Award Medley, Matthew West performing "Broken Things," and many others.
"We're so excited to have found a partner that is so invested in equipping and training the next generation of worship leaders, artists and music industry professionals," says NewReleaseToday president Kevin McNeese. "Visible Music College is the perfect partner as we continue to showcase the full world of Christian music."
"This event really was all about love," adds Marcus Hathcock, NRT Executive Editor and Co-Producer of the show. "The artists showed love for one another and the community of musicians. We got to show love for the winners by recognizing them. The fans got to show love by giving to Convoy of Hope. And we all got to encounter the love of Jesus through these songs, and the whole night, really."
"The team at NewReleaseToday has hit a nerve that needed touching--the multi-ethnic world of Christians making music for the church and the world," notes Steorts. "Every genre and focus of Christians making music is represented in the WE LOVE Christian Music Awards, and the global voting is a new reach for the music industry and for Christians making music."
Fans who missed the live event can still access the full broadcast of the 6th Annual WE LOVE Christian Music Awards' Together WE LOVE show on demand at NRT.cc/WeLoveBroadcast. For more information about the WE LOVE Christian Music Awards, visit WeLoveAwards.com.
For more information about Visible Music College, visit visible.edu.