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GMA Dove Awards - Song of the Year History

The History of the Dove Awards Song of the Year Winners


The GMA Dove Awards first honored the Song of the Year in 1969. This history will highlight the winning song for each year.

2013 - "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" - Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin

Matt Redman - 10,000 Reasons
sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

Co-written and performed by Matt Redman, "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" also won the first Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year Award and awards for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year and Praise & Worship Song of the Year.


2012 - "Blessings"

Laura Story - Blessings

Written and performed by Laura Story, "Blessings" was named Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year and it came from the Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. This is after being named the Grammy Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.


2011 - "Sometimes I Cry"

Jason Crabb
Springhill Music

Written by Songwriter of the Year Gerald Crabb, "Sometimes I Cry" was recorded by his son Jason Crabb.


2010 - "By Your Side"

Tenth Avenue North

Written by Mike Donehey, Philip LaRue and Jason Ingram and published by Essential Publishing, "By Your Side" was performed by Tenth Avenue North.

2009 - "Give Me Your Eyes" - Brandon Heath

Brandon Heath
Reunion Records
"Give Me Your Eyes" was also the Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, which was performed by the Male Vocalist of the Year, Brandon Heath.


2008 - "East to West" - Mark Hall, Bernie Herms

Casting Crowns - The Altar and the Door
Beach Street Records
"East to West," the first radio single of off Casting Crowns' latest album, The Altar and the Door was also the Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year in '08, coming from the Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, which was released by the Group of the Year.


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2007 - "My Savior My God" - Aaron Shust

Aaron Shust - Anything Worth Saying
Brash Music
Performed by Aaron Shust, "My Savior My God" was the first radio single on his debut album, Anything Worth Saying, which hit stores on Aug 23, 2005.


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2006 - "How Great is Our God" - Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash

Chris Tomlin - Live From Austin Music Hall
Sparrow / sixstepsrecords
Performed by Chris Tomlin on his December 2005 release, Live From Austin Music Hall, "How Great is Our God" has become a worship standard.


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2005 - "Who Am I" - Mark Hall

Casting Crowns
Beach Street Records
"Who Am I" is off of the September 2003 debut release from Casting Crowns. This tune was the third radio release and one of the songs that helped make Casting Crowns a household name in Christian music.


2004 - "Word of God Speak" - Pete Kipley, Bart Millard

MercyMe - Spoken For
INO Records
Coming out on the heels of MercyMe's outrageously popular tune, "I Can Only Imagine," "Word of God Speak" may not have gotten the secular radio airplay that its predecessor did, but it was just as popular amongst the Christian fans of MercyMe.


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