The original intent of the contest was to encourage songwriters within the Adventist community throughout the Pacific Union Conference and the North American Division. The contest has never evaluated the product quality of the recordings, although it makes it harder for the judges to stay focused on the integrity and construction of the song when it is produced very well. Sometimes the production quality gets in the way (both good and bad quality). Each year, the judges are reminded to focus on the integrity of the song itself—the music and the lyrics, and not the production.
Eventually, we leveled the playing field by asking all submissions to be recorded on smartphones and submitted as raw video songs. This has put the focus back on the song itself.
In 2021, we had 21 submissions that featured Adventist songwriters from around the division. Those who were awarded are listed below, along with a link to our Vimeo Showcase where all the submissions can be viewed and heard.
First Place Award – Vessel, by Denielle Jameson, Thompsonville, IL
Second Place Award – Lord, You Are My God, by Debbie Miranda, Windsor, CO
Third Place Award – It’s About You, by Jessica Kisunzu, Colorado Springs, CO
We are grateful to each one who submitted to this year’s contest. Keep writing songs that bring good to life!
inSpire 2021 Judges
Greg Evans – Palmdale, California (Jury Foreman)
Steve Moor – Days Creek, Oregon
James Ponder – Loma Linda, California Kathy Rollins – Auburn, California
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