We’ve been so overwhelmingly excited about every single submission. It takes so much courage to put yourself out there for helping experiences and opportunities for growth.Please give yourselves a pat on the back and a standing ovation. You all deserve it.

Our panel of Christian artists, worship songwriters, and CCM industry professionals have narrowed it down to our top 12 finalists. Which you will see below. Feel free to watch these top 12. What our panel is looking for are well written and performed songs that have high lyrical value, as well as practicable sing-ability. A song that can easily be translated to commercially recorded and congregational church music.

If you did not make the top 12 this year, please do not take this personally. We at Cantinas believe that artistic expression is a gift. We ask that you trust that all of your gift of songs were prayerfully accepted with open hearts, minds, and ears.

We are honestly floored by your vulnerability and willingness to share your gifts. We encourage you to continue to work out your songwriting muscles and continue to participate in the Cantinas Arts Foundation Rising Artist Worship Song Contest.

We will be announcing the winners at 12:00pm (PST) Sept. 18th, 2018. Stay tuned to see who won! God bless you all and may God bring you constant inspiration and new revelations of His songs.

-The Cantinas Team

Submit Your Song and Share To Win Prizes

We created this contest as a way to discover, develop and disciple Christian Musicians with the intention of launching Christ-centered, dynamic leaders in the Music Industry. Cantinas Arts works with management, recording, and production teams located in Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. Our goal is to create a Community of Artists that support and promote each other with the common purpose of glorifying God.

Cantinas Artist Prizes

Winning selections will be made by a panel of Christian Music Executives, Producers and Professional Artists.

GMA Prizes

Selected by the President and Vice President of the Gospel Music Association.

Fan Favorite Prizes

This will be selected through online voting submission.


Contest Timeline

June 1st – Contest Launch
August 1st – Submission Ends
September 15th – Winners Announced

Contest Rules

Include a 30-second introduction of yourself and your song

Song must be under 3 Minutes in length

Original Worship Song (Lyrics/Music)

Must be a solo act – No Band

Live Recording – No Pre-Recorded Material

Each Contestant can only submit One Song

Cantinas Worship Song Contest Legal Information and Terms & Conditions