Our Judges

Barry Simpson

Barry is a multi talented gospel singer, musician and is currently the director of Bethel United Church where his father is senior Pastor. He is the leader of the group “ Kray-Z-Fingaz” and has also directed lots of groups and choirsters. Barry is the award winning director of the musical group “Essence of Praise” He is a travelling musician who has travelled to attend and perform at conferences as far as South Korea.

Tamara BOYES

Nominated for 3 Canadian Gospel Music Awards, Tamara Boyes has a reputation for smooth, pure, passionate and intense vocals. She is a Performer, Worship Leader, Vocal Coach and has been a judge for Rejoice Alberta for the past 3 years. She has released 2 singles, an EP, recorded 2 Gilette Radio Jingles and a movie soundtrack. In 2017 and 2018, “Trust” was picked up on Spotify, Jango, Stingray and played on radio internationally and “My Favourite Things” made top 100 Christmas Songs on CD Baby Contest and Spotify Playlists. In 2016, “Christ is Christmas” and “Christmas Snow” were picked up by 49 radio stations accross Canada and reached 70,000 plays. GMA Nominations: 2017- “Trust”, nominated “International Song of the Year”. 2016- “Christ is Christmas”, nominated “Seaonal Song of the year”. 2016- “Christmas Snow”, nominated “Seasonal Album of the year”.

Deanne Jennings

Deanne is a multi-talented musician. Attending Grant MacEwan’s music program, Deanne graduated with majors in both recording arts and Performance. She has been involved in music in many capacities, as a guitar instructor, live sound engineer at various venues throughout Edmonton and the studio owner and engineer at Blue House Studios. Deanne’s guitar skills could be seen on the stage playing with many acts around Canada. Most notably the #1 Elvis tribute artist in Canada, Robin Kelly and Western Canadian Music award winning and Juno award nominated reggae band Souljah Fyah.