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NEWS SOURCE: Woodlands Media
January 5, 2010

Brandon Heath Australia's national Christian music charts, The Rock Across Australia (TRAA), today announced Mat Kearney’s "Closer To Love" as the 2009 Song of the Year, and honored 30 year old American singer Brandon Heath as 2009 Artist of the Year.

This is first time Mat Kearney and Brandon Heath have earned TRAA honors.

The internationally acclaimed American singer/songwriter who has toured with John Mayer, The Fray and newsboys spent eight weeks atop TRAA with Closer To Love, the lead single from his City Of Black & White album.

Best known for his 2007 song "Nothing Left To Lose" which peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, Kearney regards himself as a mainstream act. His music is included in TRAA because of parallel distribution in the Christian sector.

Brandon Heath garnered Artist honors for three songs – Wait And See, Give Me Your Eyes, and Follow You (a duet with Leeland) – with each landing in the top half of TRAA’s end of year chart. His songs spent a total of 56 weeks in the survey with dual listings for some weeks.

Other contenders for TRAA awards this year included Francesca Battistelli. The US singer songwriter was the only act to score two number ones (Free To Be Me, and It’s Your Life).

TRAA’s annual airplay accolades recognise the artist or group gaining the most airplay on Australian Christian radio, plus the individual song generating the most airplay.

TRAA - published by Woodlands Media - compiles its weekly charts aggregating high rotation activity (derived from playlist reports, and airplay monitoring) across more than 20 stations in capital cities and regional markets.

The Rock Across Australia’s 2009 Top 100 Songs and Top 50 Artists Chart are available online here:

The Rock Across Australia’s analysis of 2009 is available here:

The Rock Across Australia has published its national Christian music charts weekly since 1999 at:


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