2021 Dunamis Gospel Award Winners

Higher Dimension Praise Chorale opened the 2021 Dunamis Gospel Awards.

Over the weekend, Dunamis Gospel Awards were handed out in 25 categories at Central Triad Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Throughout the evening, with emphasis on its motto, “power in action,” Bishop Terry L. Young, president and founder of the Dunamis Gospel Awards, and Yves McKenzie and Billie M. Johnson, the show’s hosts, punctuated the significance of community and camaraderie among artists, churches, and leaders.

Husband-wife duo David and Tiffany Spencer (pictured right) were multiple winners at Saturday’s eighth annual ceremony, earning a pair of awards for Dunamis Artist of the Year and Dunamis CD/Song of the Year. Other highlights of the night were the live performances that charged the atmosphere, including Jalessa Cade’s rendition of Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s “My Help,” which segued into the chorus of Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise.” Later, Jonathan Parker-Ashley presented her with the award for Worship Leader of the Year. Before the night was over, Parker-Ashley had himself collected an award for Group/Duo of the Year. Members of his group JPA & Ascension joined him onstage to accept the glass trophy.

Choirs and ensembles were well represented with dynamic performances from Higher Dimension Praise Chorale, Will Harris & Friends, Jeremiah Salter & United Worship, Pastor H.E. Dixon & Truth Tabernacle Choir, Macedonia Mass Choir, Dionn Owen & Renaissance, and Sir Jerry Saddler & SOP. Brea Miles and Antwaun Millunz were among the Holy Hip-Hip artists who rocked the mic. Earlier in the evening, Miles picked up the award for Holy Hip-Hop Artist of the Year. Testimony Mime, quartet group Gift3d, and vocalist Ora Roberts also offered stirring performances at the ceremony. Gift3d went on to win the award for Quartet of the Year.

In addition, Bishop Young and his wife Lady Geneva took to the stage to make several special presentations honoring area ministry leaders for their service: Apostle Sylvester D. Johnson (Bishop Jerome Dawson Lifetime Achievement Award), Pastor Leroy Kelly (Mother Doris Cohen Harbor Pioneer Award), Dionn Owen & Renaissance (Apostle John Henry Heath Music of Excellence Award), and Bishop Greg Hargrave (Humanitarian Award). In light of COVID-19 putting the Dunamis Gospel Awards on hiatus last year, 2020’s recipient of the Living Legend Award, Bishop Franklin O. Hanes, was recognized at this year’s show.

Congratulations to all the 2021 Dunamis Gospel Award recipients. Below is the full list of winners and honorees.

Pastor of the Year – Male
Overseer Aaron McNair, Jr.

Pastor of the Year – Female
Apostle Flora Morris

First Lady of the Year
Lady Shawna Milton

Choir Director of the Year
Sir Jerry Saddler

Church Choir of the Year
Voices of Deliverance

Worship Leader of the Year
Jalessa Cade

Church Praise and Worship Team of the Year
Greater Hope Cathedral

Musician of the Year – Male
Kwynn Gilbert

Musician of the Year – Female
Joyce Harbor

Vocalist of the Year – Male
Carlton Doggett

Vocalist of the Year – Female
Angeline Crank

Dunamis Artist of the Year
David and Tiffany Spencer

Quartet of the Year

Holy Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
Brea Miles

Group/Duo of the Year
JPA & Ascension

Dance/Mime Ministry of the Year
Alexis Lambert

Community Choir of the Year
East Coast Mass Choir

College Gospel Choir of the Year
Winston-Salem State

Media Publication of the Year
Divine Connections Magazine

Comedian of the Year

Songwriter of the Year
Alicia Moore

Producer of the Year
Charles Wright

Gospel Announcer of the Year
Brandon Smith

Dunamis CD/Song of the Year
David and Tiffany Spencer

2021 Bishop Jerome O. Dawson Lifetime Achievement Award
Apostle Sylvester D. Johnson

2021 Living Legend Award
Apostle Faye D. Thomas

2021 Humanitarian Award
Bishop Greg Hargrave

2021 Mother Doris Cohen Harbor Pioneer Award
Pastor Leroy Kelly

2021 Apostle John Henry Heath Music of Excellence Award
Dionn Owen & Renaissance

2020 Living Legend Award
Bishop Franklin O. Hanes

Church of the Year
His Kingdom Ministries

Photo highlights from the 2021 Dunamis Gospel Awards