ATLANTA – “Your Great Name,” by acclaimed singer/songwriter Krissy Nordhoff and worship leader/author Michael Neale, was named Worship Song of the Year at the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards, held last week in Atlanta. A Top 5 hit for GMA Female Vocalist of the Year Natalie Grant, the worship anthem was also nominated for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.
“I am completely blown away by the way God has taken this song and breathed His Life and favor over it to encourage other believers and glorify the great name of Jesus—our Healer, Redeemer and King,” says Nordhoff. “I am humbled to be a part of it.”
“Your Great Name” was inspired by Nordhoff’s testimony of God’s faithfulness in her own life. Nine years ago the singer/songwriter, wife and mother was diagnosed with advanced stage Lyme disease resulting from a tick bite. After 18 months of treatment and little progress, Nordhoff attended a healing service at her sister’s church, Resurrection Life, near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“I literally felt the Lord touch my physical being,” Nordhoff explains. “And I know that it was only a taste of His power. From that point forward, over the course of about two months, the Lord healed me completely!”
Another pivotal inspiration for “Your Great Name” came at Nordhoff’s home church in Franklin, Tennessee, when a call for prayer was issued for a baby boy diagnosed with a terminal illness. Given only a few days to live, the church prayed earnestly for the child’s healing, but it was not to be.
“I remember being overwhelmed with emotion when I heard the news,” Nordhoff shares. “It was a major leap of faith for our church to pray for the life of this little baby boy. I didn’t want our church to be discouraged from praying and believing God for healing again. Even though we didn’t see this boy healed, it doesn’t change the Truth of God’s Word in Scripture. The same is true as it has been for over 2000 years. Jesus rose from the dead, is alive today, and still works miracles. He is still our Savior, Redeemer and King!”
“When I started writing the verses to this song—each one ending with ‘at the sound of Your Great Name’—that’s what I wanted to proclaim to our church: with faith and prayer in the great name of Jesus, fear leaves, children are fed, the sick are healed, the dead are raised and we are overcomers as God’s children.”
Bringing the song to her worship pastor, Michael Neale, yielded the powerful chorus, “Jesus, worthy is the Lamb, that was slain for us, Son of God and Man, You are high and lifted up and all the world will praise Your Great Name!”
Initially recorded for The People’s Church Shine Out worship album, “Your Great Name” went on to become a Top 5 hit for Natalie Grant, remaining on Billboard’s Christian radio chart for more than 47 weeks last year.
“Natalie and her husband, producer Bernie Herms, took this song to a whole new level of production and passion and just made it something even more special,” said Nordhoff’s husband Eric, president of TwoNords Music, the couple’s publishing company. “It has become a powerful worship anthem in the Church today— encouraging countless believers every Sunday proclaiming the great name of Jesus.”
The award for Worship Song of the Year was presented during the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards Pre-Show, which will be streamed by HearItFirst.com at 5:30pm ET on Tuesday, April 24 at http://live.hearitfirst.com/
. The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will air on gmc April 24 at 8pm and 10pm ET.
To view Krissy Nordhoff’s testimony of healing: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyrxlS7S2Rc
To view the song story of “Your Great Name” and an interview with Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale and Natalie Grant: www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6LW7yz-1wU