2018 WAMI Christian/Gospel Artist Nominees

The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) has announced the nominees for its 38th annual Awards Show. This year's show was originally scheduled to take place Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. A strange April blizzard caused snow and icy conditions that day, so it has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 20. Doors open at 6pm, with the WAMI Awards Show beginning at 7pm.

Congratulations to
John Paul Larson
2018 WAMI Christian/Gospel Artist of the Year!

John Paul Larson
is the lead vocalist
of the
Legendary Christian Rock Band
From the Wreckage
Check them out at
John Paul Larson

For decades, the WAMI awards show has included a "Christian/Gospel Artist of the Year" category to express gratitude to those who work hard every year to create music that lifts up the name of Jesus. Thank you WAMI, we appreciate that! We also love the fact that musicians from all over the state of Wisconsin are choosing to use their talents to give thanks to the One who provided them in the first place.

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10

Please pray for the continued growth of all these musical ministries in Wisconsin and join us in congratulating the 2018 nominees for WAMI Christian/Gospel Artist of The Year!


Koiné is combining century-old hymns with a modern accompaniment. With their arrangements, Koiné strives to find a unique balance between the familiarity of the classic hymn melodies and the raw instrumentation of the new arrangements.

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Night Divine

Night Divine has played in a variety of venues over the years, from churches to outdoor festivals and even taverns with one goal in mind: spread the message of Jesus Christ in a fun and engaging way.

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MPS Community Gospel Choir

Milwaukee Public Schools Community Gospel Choir, from Milwaukee Wisconsin exists to share in the joy of music ministry to and with people of all ages, religions, races, cultures, and community settings.

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Katie DeNure

Katie DeNure has over a decade of experience teaching in public and private schools. In addition to teaching, Katie has had the opportunity to lead music for hundreds of special events, women's retreats, youth conference, and church services and continues to play and serve on a regular basis.

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John Paul Larson

John Paul Larson is a worship leader at Spirit of Life church in Fond du lac Wisconsin. He is also the lead vocalist of the legendary Christian rock band From The Wreckage.

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Isaiah 42:10

Isaiah 42:10 is a Christian rock/praise and worship group from the Madison, WI area. The group has played at numerous venues such as: worship services, youth ministries, church functions, parties, festivals, and coffee shops. Isaiah 42:10 has opened up for nationally known groups such as By the Tree, Rush of Fools, John Schlitt (former lead singer of Petra), December Radio and Seventh Day Slumber.

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WithoutExcuse is a group of energetic and talented musicians who have come together to create uplifting and encouraging music with a message. WithoutExcuse has shared the stage with artists such as Disciple, Summertime Dropouts, Project 86, Icon For Hire, Silverline, Loftland, Bright Light Parade, A Life Set Apart, and more. They have played at noteworthy places including Summerfest, Lifest, and Bratfest.

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Wisconsin Area Music Industry

The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry.

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