Manitoba artists are poised to bring home top honours at this year's Covenant Awards, which honour Canadian Christian music. Steve Bell, Jaylene Johnson, The Color, Scribe Music, Dale Penner, and Prairie Joe picked up multiple award nods, which will be handed out at the 39th annual gala in late January.
JUNO-winner Bell landed several nods this year, including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Recorded Song of the Year, Folk Album of the Year, Season Song of the Year, Inspirational Song of the Year, Folk Song of the Year, and Collaboration of the Year with Fresh IE and Ray "Co-Co" Stevenson on "Where the Good Way Lies".
Johnson is up for six awards this year, including Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Folk Song of the Year, Country of the Year, and two nods for Gospel Song of the Year.
Winkler-based pop rock outfit The Color landed nods for Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Recorded Song of the Year, Song of the Year, Pop Song of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year for Jordan Janzen.
Local rapper Scribe Music is also up for Urban/Rap Song of the Year for "The Art of Knowing" and Urban/Rap Album of the year for Keys to the City.
Oak Lake-based newcomers Prairie Joe landed two nominations, including New Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year for their 2017 debut, The Good Life.
Dale Penner picked up a Producer of the Year nod for his work with Plum Coulee-born, BC-based violinist Rosemary Siemens, who is up for a number of awards this year. Penner also manages Siemens.
The Covenant Awards are produced by Gospel Music Association of Canada, a not-for-profit that has been promoting the growrth and ministry of Christian music arts in Canada since 1974. Visit gmacanada.ca/39th-covenant-award-nominees to see all of this year's award nominees.