Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada Scripture Songwriting Contest

Thank you to all who participated in the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Canada’s songwriting contest.

We appreciate your patience, throughout the judging process. Our judges had a hard time deciding, because there were so many wonderful contributions.


The final top three winners are:

Click the song title to listen to the song as performed by the writer.

1. Psalm 107 – William Gay

2. Give Me a Drink of Water – Isabel Santos

3. My Shield Around Me – Josh Jamieson


The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC) is running a scripture songwriting contest and you are invited to participate! No longer will you sit in the pews watching others share their gifts and talents, this is a call to all members of all ages to pick up a pen, paper, laptop or tablet, start digging in scripture for the verses and texts that inspire you the most, and put them to melody.


The contest begins May 1st, 2013 and concludes at 11:59pm, August 1st 2013 – which means you have roughly three months to submit up to three entries (per name) into the contest for consideration.


Overview: Scripture Songwriting Contest open to all members, of all ages, of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Canada.


Concept: To ignite a spark for Music Ministry and the memorization of scripture through song. To remind us as a Church that this was the original way scripture was passed down through generations. We would encourage groups to get together and experience the joy of forming music and melody through God’s word.


Musical Style: Open to all forms of music (within reason) such as gospel, folk, contemporary, traditional, choral etc…


Details for Participation:

  1. This contest is open to any current member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Canada, except employees of the SDACC and their household.
  2. Lyrics should not deviate significantly from the actual text of any published version of the Bible. Repetition of certain phrases and additions or deletions of minor words to facilitate meter is allowed.
  3. All melodies must be original compositions by the members/groups/churches entering the contest.
  4. Songs must not be more than four minutes in length.
  5. Songs must be submitted as a recording of some form with melody and lyrics being audible and background music being optional. (i.e. – .mp3)
  6. You or your group may submit a maximum of three songs.
  7. There is no limit to the number of individuals who may collaborate on creating an entry.
  8. All entries must be received via email or physical copy by Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:59 p.m. Please include the names of all who helped write the song, the text used, and your contact information.
  9. All songs submitted must be accompanied by a signed waiver.
  10. Songs will be judged using the following point system:
  • Up to 10 points for the song’s faithfulness to the original biblical text.
  • Up to 10 points for how well the style of the music and emotional appeal of the melody support the message of the text.
  • Up to 10 points for how appealing and “singable” the average congregant might find the song.

Submission Details:

You may submit your songs via the following methods:

Contest Rules and Regulations:

  • Deadline to submit your entry for this contest is 11:59 p.m. EST on Aug. 1, 2013.
  • Contest is open to any Canadian resident; up to three entries per person or group. All entries will be considered and the winners will be selected by a panel of judges before the end of August 2013.
  • Prizes are: First Prize—$500, Second Prize—$300, and Third Prize—$200. Winners will also receive prizes from Chapel Records.
  • Employees of the SDACC and those in their household are ineligible.
  • The SDACC, the Canadian Adventist Messenger, and their employees are not responsible for any failure of electronic equipment or computer transmission or network connections; inaccuracies of information, for technical or human error in the processing of entries, including data entered by contestants.
  • The SDACC reserves the right to modify or cancel all or a portion of the contest for any reason.


  • First Place:
    • $500
    • A special gift prize package provided by Chapel Music
    • An interview on Rise Radio 1380 AM (heard by a potential 3.5 million listeners daily)
    • A feature Music Spotlight article in the Messenger magazine. 
    • A feature spotlight on the front page of the contest website, with a stream of your winning song. 
  • Second Place:
    • $300
    • A gift provided by Chapel Music
    • A mention in the Music Spotlight article in the Messenger magazine.
    • A feature on the contest website, with a stream of your second-place song
  • Third Place:
    • $200
    • A mention in the Music Spotlight article in the Messenger magazine
    • A feature on the contest website, with a stream of your third-place song.



Stan Jensen:

Born in Alberta and now residing in Oshawa, Ont. Commucations director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (which he thoroughly enjoys).


Musical instrument: percussion.

Favourite instrument: cello


Stan has been selling and promoting music within the church for decades. He began his work with the church at the Adventist Book Centre.


Evaldo Evicente:

Originally hailing from Brazil, now living in Oshawa, Ont. The head of Donor Relations and the Music Department at It Is Written Canada.


Musical instrument: piano and voice.


Worked extensively with Adventist Christian music in Brazil, recording, producing and marketing! Heʼs no stranger to the Christian arts.


Daniel Stojanovic:

Born in former Yugoslavia, spent 21 years in France, three in Austria, five in the United States, and finally made his way to the loveliest country of all, Canada, in 2007. The VP of Administration of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada.


Favourite Musical Instrument: violin.


Aside from seeing the world, his work has involved church administration, education, radio ministry, Bible research, evangelism, choir direction, and musicology.


Naomi Striemer:

Born in New York, raised in Nova Scotia. Singer, songwriter, producer, author, speaker, radio host and writer of this column.


Musical instrument: voice and piano.


Worked with Carlos Santana and Randy Jackson, but the highlight was making the choice to leave it behind to pursue Christian music ministry full- time.