A former Morden Mayor is in the running for a Juno award.

Doug Wilson has earned a Juno nomination for his contributions to Fresh IE's 'ILL Street Blues' in the Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year category.

Wilson was elected Mayor in Morden in 2006 and served until 2010. Since then he has also graced a number of stages as an accomplished saxophonist.

He says he was surprised to have a Grammy-nominated rapper call him up and say, "I have a bunch of projects for you."

However, he says getting involved in the Southern Manitoba music scene was where he got used to receiving opportunities out of left field.

"It was really exciting," he says about the nomination. "I didn't expect it... we're in little old Manitoba, but I'm so proud of the music we put out through the rest of the country and the world."

Wilson says the awards aren't the goal of the music, but it's gratifying to know people are listening.

"You just keep on doing what you're doing and sometimes these neat things come up... the world is hearing our message."

Winnipeg rapper Fresh IE and ILL Street Blues are up against Brian Doerksen, Brooke Nicholls, Dan Bremnes and Matt Maher.

The 2020 Juno Awards will be hosted in Saskatoon on March 15.