Open Mic

The Banner is calling all artists with original music or poetry/spoken word art to share. Send us your videos! We’re hosting a video open mic, where artists can send a YouTube/Vimeo link or a video file to our judges for review. Those that make the cut will be shared on a special page on our website, Get your art out there! Use the form here to submit your entry. Open mic continues through the end of the year. Submissions will close Oct. 31.


  • Submissions close Oct. 31.
  • Open to anyone with a camera and an original work of music, poetry, or spoken-word art to share. Parodies also accepted.
  • Videos should be no more than 5 minutes in length.  
  • Include contact information and a brief biographical note.
  • Decisions of judges are final and based on quality and appropriateness of work. We reserve the right to post and take down videos to the site as we see fit.

Brodie Burns
Sanibel Community Church
"Spoken word poet with a passion for vulnerable expression of the soul through lyrics."

James N Staal
Faith Community Christian Reformed Church
"I am a 72-year-old, lifelong musician as well as singer, songwriter and former keyboard player."

Richard DeRuiter
Alger Community Church (CRC)  
"Pastor, teacher, worship leader, song-writer. "Come Home" is for the prodigal and the dutiful ones."

The Ruralists
Covenant CRC - Sioux Center, Iowa  
"We're an indie band out of NWIA that has been playing shows and making records since 2015."

Nicholas Engbers, Sioux Falls, SD
The Ransom Church
"I write songs for the American working man, because that's what I am, and that's who I care about."

Kevin Watkins, Surrey, B.C. 
Hope Community Church 
"Played guitar at church plant of Hope Community church in 1988. Thirty-one years later, worship leader in our own building."

Rory Fry, San Jose CA
San Jose Christian Reformed Church
"I’m just a guy who likes to write songs for Jesus."

Chuck Gibbons
Ebenezer CRC, Jarvis ON
"Enjoy playing and writing music. Other hobbies include baseball, golf, hockey and time with family."

Joel Jupp, West Chicago IL
Lombard CRC
"Worship leader, college professor, and editor. Recorded this with my son. Cool idea. Thanks for supporting independent art!"