2021 Catholic Song Contest Winners

After receiving over 125 entries in the inaugural year of the Catholic Song Contest, we have listened to every song (more than once!), and have chosen our winners.

By Point Clear Media | January 6, 2022

Judging the 2021 Catholic Song Contest was not easy. There were a lot of good songs in many different styles, and even though all of the entries had merit, there were a few that rose to the top. There were three Grand Prize winners and 12 genre categories. Since one of the categories (Chant/Meditative) had zero entires, we decided to use that 12th award for a category named “An Excellent Song We Want Everyone to Know About” to award a fantastic song some thought was entered into a miscategorized genre. So here are the winners:

Grand Prizes

Liturgical/Hymn

Thomas DiFeo, Perkasie, PA – “Come to Us Father”

Christian Popular Song

Victoria Costa, Dartmouth, MA – “(Testify) To the Light”

Secular Popular Song

Scarlet Biberstein, Downey, CA – “One Day”

Genre Awards

Adult Contemporary

Jonathan Salmonowicz, Zanesfield, OH – “Weary Soul”

Children’s Songs

Ben Creitz, Rockville, MD – “Bubby”Listen

Classical / Opera

Stephanie Hellmers, Metairie, LA – “Anima Christi”

Country / Bluegrass

Bill Kassel, Hillsdale, MI – “On My Way Back Home”

Electronic / EDM

Amelia Henderson and Paul Stark, New Orleans, LA – “Outbound (Remix)”

Folk / Americana

Fr. James Waalkes, Falls Church, VA – “Mother”

Gospel / R&B / Soul

Randy Hyden, Omaha, NE – “Rescue Me”

Pop / Rock

Fr. James Waalkes, Falls Church, VA – “Shout”

Rap / Hip Hop

Mandala, Lockport, IL – “Modern Struggle”

Vocal Jazz / Blues

Tom Sperrazzo, Charlotte, NC – “Roses of Tepeyac”

Lyrics Only

Linda L. Forrester Pitocco, Conroe, TX – “Come Into My Heart Lord”

An Excellent Song We Want Everyone to Know About

Matt Soileau (lyrics), Brandon Chase (vocals and melody), Spring, TX – “One Light”

We hope to get permission from the songwriters to post links to their songs. Be sure to sign up for the Catholic Songwriter Newsletter to get updates. Many thanks to the contestants who put their creativity into these beautiful works and to the judges who spent many hours listening. We look forward to building the community of Catholic songwriters around the world who want to give glory to God and carve out a niche for Catholic audiences.

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