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This was originally recorded by Christian recording artist Michael English, whose version won the Song of the Year at the 1994 GMA Music Awards. Michael English reflected on this song written by Shawn Craig and Don Koch in CCM Top 100 Greatest Songs In Christian Music: "That song almost slipped through my fingers. It kind of got lost in the shuffle of the millions of tapes we were wading through, trying to find material for my first solo record. I guess I had heard it, but it didn't register or something. And then I was in the car one day listening to the songs and I got a call from (producer) Brown Bannister's office and somebody said, 'Have you heard 'In Christ Alone?' I said that I probably had, and they said, 'Well, maybe you should listen to it again!' So I went back home and listened to it, and I was like, 'HOW did that get by me?' Thank God I found it; it has been the perfect song for me, especially the lyric. It kind of says it all. 'In Christ alone will I glory/For only by His grace I am redeemed/And only His tender mercy could reach/Beyond my weakness to my need.'"
Littrell's version won the Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year at the 2006 GMA Music awards. Brian Littrell is best known for being a member of the Backstreet Boys.
Brian Littrell from his record label's publicity materials: "The story 'In Christ Alone' is my story. I think all accolades that I have are nothing, and I could count my blessings like diamonds in my hand, but these trophies could not equal the grace by which I stand."
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