The Covenant Awards—Canada's equivalent to the Dove Awards—might as well have been named the Downhere awards at last week's ceremony, as the band picked up nine trophies, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Ending Is Beginning), and Song of the Year (for "Here I Am").

Other winners included Newworldson (Group of the Year), Joel Auge (Male Vocalist of the Year), Janelle (Female Vocalist of the Year) and Hawk Nelson (Modern Rock/Alternative Song of the Year for "Live Life Loud"). Cindy Morgan won for Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year for penning Point of Grace's "King of the World," while Matt Brouwer won Folk/Roots Song of the Year for his collaboration on "The Other Side" with Amy Grant and Vince Gill.

Idol's inspirational dedication

American Idol star Danny Gokey recently performed at the 15th anniversary of Los Angeles' Dream Center, which provides care to the homeless and needy. The occasion also marked the naming of the Dream Center's Youth Outreach program—Sophia's Heart, named for Gokey's late wife, who ministered to the poor and lonely. Sophia died from complications of congenital heart disease surgery.

Susan Boyle to the CCM market

She went from an anonymous church volunteer who sang in her spare time to one of the most famous faces on the planet thanks to participation in Britain's Got Talent. Now Susan Boyle will release her debut disc I Dreamed a Dream on November 23; the album will be distributed to the Christian market via Integrity, and will mix gospel and pop standards such as "How Great Thou Art," "Amazing Grace," "Who I Was Born To Be,"and "Silent Night."

Choirs compete for $50,000

Taking cues from music reality shows, the touring competition "How Sweet the Sound" seeks out the ...

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