Jason Ingram, who most recently received his fifth SESAC Christian Music Songwriter of the Year Award for his overwhelming impact on artists and songs spanning a variety of musical styles, was honored this week with a second career GRAMMY Award® nomination. Adding to his already impressive list of accolades, which also includes making Gospel Music Association history by receiving 11 GMA Dove Award nominations in one season, the nod comes in the category of Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for his contribution as co-writer on “Your Love” with Brandon Heath.
This is the second time Ingram and Heath have been recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for their collaborative efforts. The first was in 2009 for Heath’s breakthrough radio hit “Give Me Your Eyes.” Similarly, “Your Love,” Heath’s first single from the GRAMMY nominated Leaving Eden (1/18/2011), saw rampant radio success, holding the No. 1 spot for eight consecutive weeks earlier this year.
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday, February 12, 2012. For a complete list of nominees, visit www.grammy.com.
About Jason Ingram: Jason Ingram has one of the most diverse and accomplished resumes in Christian music. Born in West Virginia, he spent part of his childhood in Dallas and later moved to Santa Cruz, Calif. Jason’s father, Chip Ingram, is a prominent speaker/author, but the young Ingram knew early on that music would be his vehicle for sharing his passion. In 1999, he relocated to Nashville, Tenn., and his self-titled debut album was released in 2002 on Resonate/INO Records. The following year he became frontman for the critically acclaimed band The Longing.
In the past few years, Ingram has become one of Christian music’s most successful and respected songwriters and producers. He’s produced Tenth Avenue North, Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real, Meredith Andrews, Mikeschair, Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown, Jason Gray, and Bebo Norman, among others, while being instrumental in the vetting and development of CCM newcomers Lindsay McCaul and Andy Cherry.
A prolific lyricist, Ingram’s songwriting credits include, Brandon Heath’s “Give Me Your Eyes,” Hillsong and One Sonic Society’s “Forever Reign,” Sanctus Real’s “Lead Me,” Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Follow,” Matt Maher’s “Alive Again” and two Tenth Avenue North songs, “Love is Here” and “By Your Side.” The latter was named Song of the Year at the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards and was the No. 3 played Christian song of the decade (2000-2010) according to Billboard Magazine. Ingram also picked up the Producer of the Year Dove Award, was Billboard Magazine’s 2009 and 2010 Christian Songwriter of the Year.
Further, Ingram is co-writer of back-to-back GMA Dove Award-winning Songs of the Year (2009’s “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath and 2010’s “By Your Side” recorded by Tenth Avenue North), SESAC’s Co-writer of The Year for the last two years (for his work on “Give Me Your Eyes” and “By Your Side”) and recently received his fifth consecutive SESAC Christian Music Award for Songwriter of the Year.
While Ingram’s presence is most immediately felt in the Christian and Worship music arenas, this GRAMMY nominee is also gaining momentum internationally. Most recently his song “Just One Kiss,” recorded by Nick Carter, climbed into the Top 10 in Japan.