What Christian music is popular in Australia?

Hawk Nelson’s collaboration with MercyMe’s lead singer Bart Millard on the song “Words” has nabbed Song Of The Year honors from Australia’s national Christian music airplay chart, The Rock Across Australia (TRAA). And Australian duo for KING & COUNTRY has garnered Artist Of the Year.

Chart researcher Wes Jay says “Words” secured the most airplay of any Christian song on Australian Christian radio in the past year, and for KING & COUNTRY generated the most high rotation airplay by a Christian act across the sector.

“’Words’ spent a total of 28 weeks in the survey,” Mr Jay says. “The song dominated the top spot for 12 consecutive weeks, and secured a position in the Top 10 of TRAA’s weekly charts for 22 of them. That’s very unusual.”

Jay says that throughout the year for KING & COUNTRY, the Australian duo now based in the US, was represented in 51 of the 52 weekly charts with the songs “Middle Of Your Heart” and “Hope Is What We Crave.”

“Both songs garnered long runs in the weekly survey (30 weeks and 21 weeks respectively), and multiple weeks in the Top 10s (13 and 18 weeks). Both songs found a place in the Top 10 of the annual end of year chart. No other artist achieved this level of airplay in the past year,” says Jay.

This is the first time that Hawk Nelson and for KING & COUNTRY have nabbed TRAA’s honors.

Established in 1999, The Rock Across Australia (TRAA) is Australia’s official national Christian music charts at: www.therockacrossaustralia.com.

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