Carrington Gaines is Winner of the Cantinas Arts Foundation Songwriting Contest – RISING ARTIST: Cantinas Worship Song Contest

Nashville, TN  March 28, 2018 – The Cantinas Arts Foundation, an L.A. based non-profit which serves to develop Christian leaders in the arts, celebrates the release of worship mainstream artist Carrington Gaines new single “Prodigal Son.”   In the Cantinas Arts Foundation 5th Annual RISING ARTIST: Cantinas Worship Song Contest, Trent took top honors. This led to  a music industry showcase in Nashville, getting Gaines’ winning new single, “Prodigal Son,” co-produced with Grammy award-winner Andy Hunt (Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Phil Wickham), and Dove award and Grammy award nominee Seth Philpott (Crowder, All Sons, and Daughters, Sandra McCracken, Hillary Scott). “Prodigal Son” releases TODAY and is available via Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon mp3, Google Play, and all other digital retailers and streaming services.

The Georgia based worship and mainstream artist was welcomed into the Cantinas Artist Foundation community as of 2018 when he won the Rising Artist: Cantinas Worship Song Contest. As the winner was provided access and mentorship by Grammy and Dove award nominated Singer/Songwriter and A&R director, Seth Philpott. Cantinas currently boast a roster of over thirty musicians, dancers, actors, and speakers, committed to glorifying God through the arts.

“Carrington is just one example of how our foundation is supporting artists and providing them with access to resources like mentors, and exposure to major industry influencers representing labels such as Capitol Records or Brickhouse,” states Kimberly Cowan, COO for The Cantinas Arts Foundation. “We know this song is going to inspire and move everyone who listens to it.”

Gaines, whose sound is best described as mainstream and gospel, collaborated with Hunt and Philpott and an A-list team of Nashville instrumentalists to craft “Prodigal Son.” This song, in 6/4 time, includes crystal clear floating pianos tones mix with the rich, flawless grit and refined texture of Gaines’ voice to produce an introspective ballad true to Gaines’ pop and gospel influences with a sound similar to John Legend, Marvin Winnans, Travis Greene.

“Partnering with Cantinas has re-inspired a connection to my music,” Gaines says. “As a worship and mainstream artist, it is, so life-giving to find an organization who is willing and able to support me in the calling God has placed on my life.” Carrington Gaines also states, “Prodigal Son is a song of reconciliation, coming back home to the Father, and much like this, Cantinas has provided me an encouraging and supportive home for me to rebuild and reconnect to my music.”

Five years ago, Carrington began writing songs as personal prayer and acts of worship and in Buffalo New York, but he soon embraced opportunities to share his artistic approach to worship along with his honest and contemplative lyrics with the church. Gaines is currently collaborating with worship songwriters in Atlanta, Nashville, and Los Angeles as he seeks to write songs for the church. He desires to write songs that bridge the gap between different church cultures. Gaines’ favorite hashtags on Instagram is #bridgethegap. For the past three years, Gaines has cultivated his craft and followed God’s voice that has led him to the position music/worship director at Global Impact Christian Ministries in Stockbridge, Georgia.

Carrington Gaines plans to release a steady stream of singles in 2019. Gaines’ is committed to increasing the depth, reach, and kingdom impact of the music he makes. Gaines proclaims, “For the music to bridge the gap, it has to be about the kingdom of God.” Gaines is most excited about inspiring the church of all races to declare the glory of God through his music.

To download the mp3 of Gaines’ new song, “Prodigal,” visit his website:

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About Cantinas Arts Foundation

 The Cantinas Arts Foundation is a Christian non-profit foundation that exists to create opportunities, to educate, in order to transform our modern-day culture, utilizing the arts to magnify the teachings of God. The Foundation is an outreach arts ministry, with a main focus on outreach to the Christian communities and beyond spreading the message of hope through education, to magnify God’s message. Through the arts, and development of Christian leaders the Foundation continues to spread the message of God with the tools of modern-day culture focused on music and dance, creating opportunities for the all to share their artistic gifts through dynamic performances and inspirational concerts. The Foundation also takes special interest to ensure they are educating and developing artists, while also providing opportunities for, exciting workshops, retreats, mentoring, and community services.