BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) announces details today behind the 2023 BMI Christian Awards taking place at the organization’s Nashville location on June 20th. Hosted by BMI’s AVP of Creative, Nashville, Leslie Roberts, BMI’s President & CEO, Mike O’Neill, and BMI’s VP of Creative, Nashville, Clay Bradley, the night will celebrate the top songs and music publishers behind this past year’s most-performed songs in Christian music.
BMI will crown the “Christian Songwriter of the Year,” “Christian Song of the Year” and “Christian Publisher of the Year” as the invitation-only event will pay special tribute to this year’s BMI “Spotlight Award” recipient, Dorothy Leonard Miller, for her unparalleled dedication to the genre and illustrious career.
As CEO/Founder of one of the first female-owned and operated music businesses, Daywind Music Group and New Day Christian Distributors, she led the companies to become the most predominant source for original content and distribution services for the Christian market. Since 1986, many top artists and songwriters in Southern Gospel music have found a home at Daywind Music, impacting millions of people annually through live performances, music sales, streams, radio, and television including Greater Vison, Dianne Wilkinson, Karen Peck & New River, Jason Cox and more. In receiving the BMI “Spotlight Award,” Miller joins an exclusive group of honorees including Randy Edelman, Frank Gari and Mike Post.
“Dottie’s dedication and passion for Christian music is something to marvel at,” BMI’s AVP of Creative, Nashville, Leslie Roberts said. “She started this idea in her garage decades ago and her faith, hard work and determination has led her to become one of the most successful people in this business. It’s truly an honor to have the chance to highlight her impactful contributions at the BMI Christian Awards along with so many other meaningful creators in our community.”