Manitoba artists have a dozen chances to pick up hardware at this year's Covenant Awards. The awards, which celebrate best in Canadian Christian music, will be handed out on November 7 during GMA (Gospel Music Association) Canada Week in Burlington, ON.
Fresh I.E. has five nods, including one for a collaboration with former Manitoba singer/songwriter, Jon Buller. The Winnipeg rapper, who has a Grammy nomination and several awards under his belt, is up for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year for City of Worship, Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year for "God of This City", Urban/R&B/Soul Album of the Year for Beautiful Disaster, and Urban/R&B/Soul Song of the Year for "Fallen Together".
Rock outfit The Color landed four nominations, including New Artist of the Year, Hard Rock/Alternative Song of the Year for "Alive", Rock/Modern Song of the Year for "Made To Be", and CD/Artwork Design of the Year for the band's self-titled album.
Pop songstress Jodi King, who recently signed to Nashville-based label Word Entertainment (a Warner/Curb company) has two nominations, Seasonal Album of the Year for her album Listen to the Angels and Seasonal Song of the Year for "Christmastime".
Singer/songwriter Barbara Joy is also up for Seasonal Album of the Year for her sophomore effort, A King Has Come.
Brandon-born adult contemporary artist Amanda Stott is up for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for her new release, Place to Start Again.
Former Manitoba act Starfield, which is about to head out on tour with Jodi King, is up for six awards, including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Group of the Year.
Visit the Gospel Music Association's website for a complete list of nominees.
2012 COVENANT AWARDS - MANITOBA NOMINEES
CD/ARTWORK DESIGN OF THE YEAR
The Color – The Color
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Jon Buller and Fresh I.E. – “Surrender”
HARD ROCK/ALTERNATIVE SONG OF THE YEAR
The Color – “Alive”
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Amanda Stott – Place to Start Again
RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Fresh I.E. – City of Worship
RAP/HIP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR
Fresh I.E. – “God of This City”
ROCK/MODERN SONG OF THE YEAR
The Color – “Made To Be”
SEASONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Barbara Joy – A King Has Come
Jodi King – Listen to the Angels
SEASONAL SONG OF THE YEAR
Jodi King – “Christmastime”
URBAN/R&B/SOUL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Fresh I.E. – Beautiful Disaster
URBAN/R&B/SOUL SONG OF THE YEAR
Fresh I.E. – “Fallen Together”