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The 43rd Covenant Awards - Full list of nominees

The Covenant Awards celebrates excellence and artistry in the Canadian music industry and draws artists and media personnel from coast to coast to coast.

The 43rd Covenant Awards will be held live and in person this fall at Bethany Church in Kitchener-Waterloo, November 17th-18th. Hosted by Kevin Pauls & Marlene O’Neill, it is to be a two-evening event with awards and performances both nights, and a chance to learn and network on Friday afternoon, Saturday during the day, and at two after-parties. It is a chance to have face-to-face fellowship as Christ-followers, to pray and worship together, and to celebrate Canadian Christian Music. Click here to see the conference schedule.

Expect performances by some of Canada's talented Christian and Gospel artists, and workshops with Darren Hamilton (Waterloo Region Mass Choir), Jaye Woods & Jon Corbin, Hollie Taylor, and more!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Here are the nominees:

Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year

Bev Foster

Jordan St.Cyr

Barbara Joy

Katie Williams

Artist(e) francophone de l'année

Timothee Beaulieu

CC Harvey

LaChapelle Musique

Children's Artist of the Year

The Pacific Mennonite Children's Choir with Rosemary Siemens

FAC Music / Elevate Kids Choir


The Springmans

Country Artist of the Year

Stirling John

Jeff Catto

Yvonne St.Germaine

Kevin Pauls

Bob Hawkins

Gospel Artist of the Year

Claire Odogbo

Michael Manhertz

Daniel Ojo


Indigenous Artist of the Year

Yvonne St.Germaine

Stirling John

Katie Williams

Instrumental Artist of the Year

Norine Gallimore

Jonathan Wong

Drew Brown / Hymns For The Architect

SaxandViolin (Rosemary Siemens and Eli Bennett)

The Life 100.3 Pop Artist of the Year

Ruthie Larbi

CC Harvey


The Color

Rap Artist of the Year



Fresh IE

Rock Artist of the Year

Amy Savin

Corey Lueck

Elias Dummer

The 8th Line

The Jireh Realty Group Worship Artist of the Year

Jason Silver

Jennifer Lewin

C3 Toronto Worship

Jake Fretz

Tehillah Worship

The Sound of Faith Album of the Year

"Alive" - Tuzee

"Arrow" - K-Anthony

"The Wind and the Waves" - Fresh IE

"All Ye Lepers" - Joshua Leventhal

"The Work Vol. II" - Elias Dummer

The Joy Radio Artist of the Year


Jordan St.Cyr

Elias Dummer

Joshua Leventhal

The Color

The KFM Radio Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Carine Bado

Stirling John



Joshua Leventhal

Canadian Christian Song of the Year

"Second Chances" - Songwriter(s) Carine Bado

"Look To Me" - Songwriter(s) Alysha Kyle

"All Of You (Phil. 2:17-18)" - Songwriter(s) Jason Silver

"The Gallows" - Songwriter(s) Joshua Leventhal, Daniel Klenner

"Rise Up Canada" - Songwriter(s) Stephanie Israelson

The Faith Strong Today Female Vocalist of the Year



Amy Savin

Katie Williams

Natasha Zimbaro

The Redeemer University Group of the Year

Folarin and Keziah

One8tea and Fresh IE

The Color

The Chef D Live Music Artist of the Year - Online or In-person

Elio Alcindor

Jordan St.Cyr

Kevin Pauls

Rosemary Siemens

The Why Me Project Male Vocalist of the Year

Stirling John


Jake Fretz

Jordan St.Cyr

Elias Dummer

The Bethany Church Musical Collaboration of the Year

"Every Dream (God Who Sees)" - Brian Doerksen & Marika Siewert - Song writer(s) Brian Doerksen, Marika Siewert

"Praise The Lord" - Elio Alcindor and Jennifer Lewin - Songwriter(s) Elio Alcindor

"You Are Peace" - Matt LeFait and Chelsea Amber - Songwriter(s) Matt LeFait

"My Home" - Jake Fretz & Cynthia Lok - Songwriter(s) Cynthia Lok, Jake Fretz

"Jesus Loves Me" (Hymn Medley) - Rosemary Siemens & Pacific Mennonite Children's "Choir" - Songwriter(s) Anna Bartlett Warner, Philip P. Bliss, Charles Wesley (Arranged by Rosemary Siemens & Eli Bennett)

The Between the Grooves Producer of the Year

Philip Janz (Hope Seeds by Bev Foster)

Bradley “DJC2” Jacobson & Robert "Fresh IE" Wilson (various projects - DJC2)

Eli Bennett (various projects with Rosemary Siemens)

Radio or Podcast Personality/Team of the Year

Hollie Taylor and Johnny Rocket - "Why Me" Project

James Kurtis and Ayiesha Woods - "Between the Grooves"

Chelsea Amber - "Christian Guitar Girls"

Video of the Year

"Trust in the Lord" (Daniel Ojo) - Produced by Daniel Ojo

"Say Amen" (One8Tea) - produced by Beacon Hill Productions

"Egypt" (Elenee) - Produced by Kim Capiral- Narra Studios

"First Love" (Katie Williams) - Produced by Matt Lorenz Productions

"Daystar" (Kevin Pauls) - Produced by Connor Gatten

Visual Designer of the Year

Xavier Fernandes - "Perfect Simplicity" (Bob Hawkins)

Roberta Landreth - "Seasons" (Barbara Joy)

Robert "Fresh IE" Wilson and Bradley "DJC2" Jacobson - various projects (DJC2)

Katrina Robert - "See the Lamb/Be Filled" (Sanctus Church Worship)

Roberta Landreth - "Wouldn't You Like to Know" (Steve Bell)

Adult Contemporary Song of the Year

"New" - Songwriter(s) Claire Odogbo; Jonathan Turner

"Promise of Hope" - Songwriter(s) Bev Foster

"Same Love (Phil 2:1-4)" - Songwriter(s) Jason Silver

"Consistently" - Songwriter(s) Elenee Young, Amanda Kinner

"My Home" - Songwriter(s) Cynthia Lok, Jake Fretz

Country Song of the Year

"Le Torrent" - Songwriter(s) Timothée Beaulieu

"Almost Home" - Songwriter(s) Ruth Manning

"Tailgatin Jesus" - Songwriter(s) Trevor Toews

"The Garden" - Songwriter(s) Barbara Joy Ft. Sharalee Smith

"Surround Me" - Songwriter(s) Robert " Fresh IE ' Wilson

Folk Song of the Year

"Stand With You (feat. Carolyn Arends)" - Songwriter(s) Bev Foster

"The Great Congregation" - Songwriter(s) Mike Janzen

"For Solace" - Songwriter(s) Joseph Tennant

"My Freedom" - Songwriter(s) Barbara Joy/ Allison Lynn

"Blundstones" - Songwriter(s) Kearstin Pfeifer

Gospel Song of the Year

"Recover (radio remix)" - Songwriter(s) Jennifer Lewin

"Fresh Anointing - Live" - Songwriter(s) Michael Manhertz

"Found & Crowned" - Songwriter(s) Carine Bado

"I Will Bless Your Name" - Songwriter(s) Daniel Ojo

"I Saved it All" - Songwriter(s) Kevin Anthony Fowler & Kevin Winebarger

Pop Song of the Year

"Egypt" - Songwriter(s) Elenee Young, Amanda Kinner, Holly Salazaar

"Don't Give Up Now" - Songwriter(s) Damara Melissa

"Stars (Phil 2:12-16)" - Songwriter(s) Jason Silver

"Rescue" - Songwriter(s) Jordan St. Cyr, Jonathan Gamble, Justin Amundrud

"Change is on the Way" - Songwriter(s) Tuzee

Rap Song of the Year

"Say Amen" - Songwriter(s) Teah Bailey, Robert Wilson, Jeff Somers

"Death To Life" - Songwriter(s) Tha Gate Keepa

"Come Holy Spirit" feat Armani Yae - Song writer(s) Robert "Fresh IE" Wilson, Bradley 'DCJ2' Jacobson, Nathan “Armani Yae” Jones

"Hallelujah feat Fresh Ie" - Song writer(s) Robert "Fresh IE" Wilson, Bradley "DCJ2" Jacobson, Stephen “Nappy204” Andrews

"The Ghost" - Songwriter(s) Robert "Fresh IE" Wilson, Troy Williams, Warren D Flandez,

Rock Song of the Year

"Like Cargo" - Songwriter(s) Amy Savin

"Silver and Gold" - Songwriter(s) Corey Lueck

"You Are Mine (Don't Be Afraid)" - Songwriter(s) Terry Posthumus

"Start Me Up Again" - Songwriter(s) Matt Bennett, Scott Jackson

"What If It's True" - Songwriter(s) G.I.Holm, Scott Jackson

Seasonal Song of the Year

"Taken" - Songwriter(s) David Bracken

"God is Able" - Songwriter(s) Robert "Fresh IE" Wilson, Kevin Pauls

"He Has Made a Way" - Songwriter(s) Olivia Whitaker, Grace Young-Travis, Heather Wile

"The Wait Is Over" - Songwriter(s) Jordan St. Cyr, Jordan Mohilowski, Benji Cowart

"Away in a Manger (Sweet Jesus)" - Songwriter(s) James R. Murray, Martin Luther, Barbara Joy

The Unlocking Your Songs Worship Song of the Year

"Always (Phil 4:4-9)" - Songwriter(s) Jason Silver

"Hallelujah - Psalm 104" - Songwriter(s) Mike Janzen

"Clouds feat Fresh Ie" - Songwriter(s) Robert "Fresh IE” Wilson, Bradley "djc2" Jacobson

"Look Up" - Song writer(s) Jake Fretz, Jordan Janzen

"The Church Will Rise" - Songwriter(s) Michael Larson, Blessing Asebiode, Emma Larson

Congratulations to all the nominees!

About Gospel Music Association of Canada (GMA Canada)

The Gospel Music Association of Canada (formerly known as the CGMA) is a not-for-profit association founded in 1974, whose purpose is to promote Christian music in Canada. GMA Canada works to raise the profile and interaction of Christian artists, songwriters, producers, promoters, and others working in Christian music with media, retailers, distributors, and church leadership.

The award ceremonies take place annually in various cities across the nation with the goal of connecting Canadians working in the Christian music industry with one another.

To learn more about GMA Canada, the 43rd Covenant Awards, and to view the list of awards and nominees, visit

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