01/13/2012 06:59 am ET Updated Mar 14, 2012

Stellar Awards: Gospel Songs On My Heart

This Saturday, the 27th Annual Stellar Awards will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. The Stellar Awards is the premier gospel industry awards show in the nation. During the past year, a few of these songs have been in constant rotation in my heart and in my iPod. In this new year I have been reflecting on the songs that have been in constant rotation in my heart and in my iPod. I felt there was no better time to share them than during this awards season.

The songs I list are from Stellar Award nominees but are not necessarily my predictions for Stellar Award winners. These are the songs that have provided me personal inspiration, fuel for meditation and even insight for preaching. They range from old school to new school, choirs to soloist and traditional to hip-hop. I have included brief personal thoughts on each one to assist you on your journey of musical exploration. I have also put together a gallery of videos for several of these artists here.

It is my hope that these songs will bless you as much as they have blessed and encouraged me.

12 Stellar Songs for 2012