Covenant Awards FAQs
1. Can I submit a song or album in more than one genre category? No. An album or song can be submitted in only one category. However, an album or song may be submitted in a genre category (Pop/Contemporary, Southern Gospel, Inspirational) AND in the corresponding General category (Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Recorded Song Of The Year).
2. Can I submit an album of hymns or songs written by someone else? Yes. The content of the Album categories does not depend on the songwriters. Only the Song categories consider who wrote the song.
3. Can I submit on behalf of someone else? Yes. Often songwriters, producers and even artists are not aware of the submission process. You may submit on their behalf provided you are in some manner associated with the artist, songwriter or Producer.
4. Can I submit all the songs from my album? Yes. If, for example, you have 12 songs on your album, you are allowed to submit each song either all in the same genre, or if appropriate, in different genres.
5. Can I enter a song that has never been released on a CD? Yes. As long as the song has been “released” to either radio, iTunes, or on a downloadable web site prior to the submission deadline.
6. Aren’t all songs and albums for the Covenant Awards considered Gospel or Inspirational? In broad terms that would be correct, but for the sake of the genre categories, the “Gospel Album and Gospel Song of the Year” categories refer to a style of music; often referred to as Black Gospel. Think of Mahalia Jackson or The Toronto Mass Choir. “Inspirational Album and Inspirational Song Of The Year” also refers to a style of music; easy listening or adult contemporary. Somewhere between Pop music and Traditional music.
7. I released an album in 2013, but released a single from the album in 2014. Can I submit the song? Yes. As long as the song was released to radio during the qualifying time period.
8. I did not release any material during the qualifying time period, may I submit for the Covenant Awards? Yes. You may submit in some of the General categories (Male or Female Vocalist, Group of the Year, New Artist of the Year*, or Artist of the Year). Because these categories also consider impact – artists who having not released an album or project may still receive a nomination based on touring and other factors that would have kept them in the public eye.
9. Is it possible for an unknown artist to even be nominated? Yes. The judges for the Covenant Awards are asked to review the submissions in their genre categories based on quality. Many times new artists receive nominations and even win categories based on that criteria alone.
10. Who do I get a hold of if I have more questions? Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Award winners
Album Of The Year + Love & The Outcome – Love & The Outcome
Artist Of The Year + Dan Bremnes
Male Vocalist Of The Year + Dan Bremnes
Female Vocalist Of The Year + Amanda Cook
New Artist Of The Year + The Royal Foundry
Group Of The Year + Love & The Outcome
Producer Of The Year + Jared Salte
Song Of The Year + Amanda Cook – You Make Me Brave
Recorded Song Of The Year + Dan Bremnes – Beautiful
Collaboration Of The Year + Ali Matthews & Joel Auge – This is Love
Aboriginal Song Of The Year + Yvonne St. Germaine – Stay Strong
Children’s Album Of The Year + Q-Town – Right Here Right Now
Children’s Song Of The Year + Russ Smith & Rick Colhoun – Good Life
Country/Southern Gospel Album Of The Year + The Torchmen Quartet – Hymns: Lest We Forget
Country/Bluegrass Song Of The Year + Brad Rempel & Victoria Banks – What I’ve Learned So Far
Folk Album Of The Year + Ali Matthews – Tell Me a Story
Folk/Roots Song Of The Year + The Royal Foundry – Love
Francophone Album Of The Year + Sebastian Demrey & Jimmy Lahaie – Heritage Cantiques & Hymnes Vol. 3
Francophone Song Of The Year + Evaymé – Par Un Sourire
Gospel Album Of The Year + Toronto Mass Choir – Made For Worship
Gospel Song Of The Year + Jenna Burke – Made for Worship
Inspirational Album Of The Year + The SHIYR Poets – Songs For The Journey Volume One
Inspirational Song Of The Year + Greg Sykes & Joel Auge – Faithful
Instrumental Song Of The Year + Debbie Fortnum – Heaven’s Joy
International Album Of The Year + Rend Collective – The Art Of Celebration
International Song Of The Year + Rend Collective – My Lighthouse
Jazz/Blues Song Of The Year + Andrew Jaehn & Rudy Fast – Give Me One Good Reason
Pop Song Of The Year + Dan Bremnes – Beautiful
Praise And Worship Album Of The Year + Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Kingdom Come
Praise And Worship Song Of The Year + Amanda Cook – You Make Me Brave
Rap Album Of The Year + Fresh IE Presents: KMF – The Watchmen
Rap Song Of The Year + Young Scribe, Psalms & Fresh IE – The City is Fallen
Rock Album Of The Year + Sky Terminal – We Are One
Rock Song Of The Year + Manafest & Trevor McNevan – Diamonds
Seasonal Album Of The Year + Tenore – Christmas with You
Seasonal Song Of The Year + Love & The Outcome – Emmanuel
Southern Gospel Song Of The Year + Canada’s Double Portion – Your Love
Urban Song Of The Year + Rachelle Luk & Mike Klose – More Than Beautiful
Video Of The Year + Sebastian Demrey & Jimmy Lahaie – Dieu Tout Puissant
CD/DVD Artwork Of The Year + Fraser Campbell – Search The Heavens (Design by Fraser Campbell, Liz Snell, Justine McHale and Ian McHale)
Lifetime Achievement Award + Brian Doerksen