33 | 2016 | Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year | Dan Bremnes | | The JUNO Awards

Hometown: Salmon Arm, British Columbia

When this singer and songwriter from Salmon Arm, BC was just 10 years old, he played drums at his local church while also learning guitar and discovering a passion for song-writing. As years passed it was a six-month missions trip in Australia with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) that re-shaped his perspective. “While I was there, something happened in my life, and God started working on my heart,” Bremnes shares. “I started thinking about making music that was really intentional about reaching people on a spiritual level. I wanted to come right out and speak about God and my relationship with Him.”

As he was pursuing his professional dreams, Bremnes faced the tragic news that his mother was killed in a car accident. An event that truly turned his life upside down, there was no better way to honour his mother’s memory than by throwing himself wholeheartedly into music. He began to share his songs with anyone who woud listen and continued to hone his song-writing craft. It wasn’t long before people took notice. In his career to date, Bremnes has collected a host of awards and accolades as well as #1s in Canada, eventually attracting the attention of Nashville’s Capitol Christian label.