InspireSong 2018 Grand Prize Winner Announced – See Below!


  • The winning songwriter will perform their winning song live during our open to the public “Songwriters in the Round” concert along with our mentors. (Must attend INSPIRESONG 2018 for this prize!)
  • The winning song will be produced by Ian Eskelin
  • The winning song will be presented to music industry personnel through Nashville Song Pitcher.
  • The winning song will be considered for a single song publishing agreement with WORD Worship Publishing.
  • The winning songwriter will have a press release issued announcing their selection as the grand prize winner to music industry and thousands of fans of christian music through Indie Impact
  • Event registration for the winner will be reimbursed!


We are excited to announce our Grand Prize winner for InspireSong 2018! The winning song was selected based on:

  • Creativity
  • Lyrical Content
  • Commercial Potential

Karl Penn was the winner of the InspireSong2018 songwriting contest. He performed his song live this evening at the Songwriters in the Round event at InspireSong in Aspen, CO. Congrats to Karl! Watch Karl perform his song here

Karl graciously gave his song production to our youngest attendee, 14 year old Ethan Lane, who attended with his father all the way from NewFoundland. Ethan had shared one of his songs during the song critique sessions and our mentors loved it! We just received Ian’s demo of Ethan’s song and it’s awesome!

Here’s Ethan sharing his song during the song critique session

You can watch a video of Karl donating his prize to Ethan.

You can watch a video of Ethan performing his song live during a a service at Crossroads Church of Aspen

You can listen to Ian’s demo of the song here: