The Newfoundland & Labrador Songwriter Challenge


MusicNL hosted the 2019 Bell Media Canadian Songwriting Challenge June 1-2 at Johnson GEO Centre on Signal Hill in St. John’s, NL. 13 songwriters from the province were chosen to work alongside Juno Award winner and singer-songwriter David Francey at the annual event. Mark Watson from Watson Entertainment provided additional feedback and tips to participants via Skype sessions on the second day of the program.


Participants (2019)


  • Lorna Lovell
  • Rachel Cousins
  • Sarah Hensen
  • Darcy Scott
  • Virginia Fudge
  • Shawn Bradley
  • Joshua Sandu
  • Paige Penney
  • Jeff Pittman
  • Gavin Simms
  • Stephen Rossiter
  • Snowden Walters
  • Cassy Drake


  • David Francey
  • Mark Watson

Gallery (2019)

Recorded Songs from Challenge (2019)