Carolyn Arends Tops Shai Awards

British Columbia singer/songwriter Carolyn Arends has several trophies to add to her mantle after winning big at this year’s 4th Annual Shai Awards, formally the Vibe Awards. Arends who also went into the evening with the most nominations, won in four of the seven categories she was vying for.

Arends album “Under the Gaze” was named Folk album of the year. She also won for Inspirational Album of the year, and seasonal album of the year for “Christmas an Irrational Season”. She also won a high honour as fans voted her as female soloist artist of the Year.
The province of British Columbia saw many of its Christian artists walk away with trophies as Brian Doerksen who is known for such worship tunes as “Refiner’s Fire”, was named male soloist of the year and worship album of the year for “Today”. And after recently walking away with a Juno award, singer/song writer Greg Sczebel received three Shai awards including best contemporary/pop album of the year for “Here to stay”, urban/soul album of the year and song of the year for “In the Pocket”. This year’s award ceremonies were held once again in Ontario at the city of Mississauga’s Hershey Centre. The people’s choice awards for Canadian gospel music saw more than 10,000 fans vote for their favourite artists either online or through their local Christian retailer.

Vibe Gospel Music was pleased to introduce for the first time the Aboriginal Category. Several artists were nominated for this award including Sh?zza from Manitoba who won for Aboriginal Album of the year.
VGM, a volunteer organization founded in 1998 by Dionne Smith, was formed for Canadian gospel artist’s who needed a platform to showcase their talent and attain a position of credibility in the Canadian Contemporary/Gospel and world music arena. Dionne’s vision and passion for Canadian gospel musicians and the belief in the ability to move people through the power of music has compelled her to transport this forum to all of Canada.
Since it’s inception in Calgary 2002, the show has transformed from a music showcase to a full-fledged awards show open to all gospel artists throughout Canada, encompassing the various genres of music.
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2005 Shai Award Winners
Aboriginal Album of the Year
Shezza – Shezza
Children’s Album of the Year
Living Stones – God Rocks
Choral Album of the Year
James Cole and the Nova Scotia Praise & Worship Mass Choir
Contemporary/Pop Album of the Year
Here to Stay – Greg Sczebel
Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year
I Knew – Philip Grimes
Folk Album of the Year
Under The Gaze, Carolyn Arends
Francophone Album of the Year
Nouveau Depart – Olivier Cheuwa
Hard Music Album of the Year
Black Talon, Black Talon
Inspirational Album of the Year
Under The Gaze, Carolyn Arends
Instrumental Album of the Year
Christmas Jazz, North Park Worship Big Band
Jazz/Blues Album of the Year
Christmas Jazz, North Park Worship Big Band
Rap/Hip-Hop/Dance Album of the Year
Black Talon, Black Talon
Rock/Alternative Album of the Year
Hawk Nelson, Letters to the President
Seasonal Album of the Year
Christmas an Irrational Season, Carolyn Arends
Southern Gospel/Traditional Album of the Year
The – Livin’ By Faith, Master’s Four
Urban/Soul Album of the Year
Here to Stay, Greg Sczebel
Worship Album of the Year
Today, Brian Doerksen
Song of the Year
In the Pocket – Greg Sczebel
New Artist of the Year
Amanda Falk
Male Soloist of the Year
Brian Doerksen
Female Soloist Artist of the Year
Carolyn Arends
Group of the Year
Thousand Foot Krutch
Artist of the Year
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