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Television Sunday Best

How Sweet the Sound Registration is now open for the 2011 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration, the country’s most prestigious gospel music experience. Interested choir representatives can visit www.HowSweetTheSound.comuntil Friday, April 15, to sign up to be part of the How Sweet the Sound community. By registering, choirs will have the chance to rejoice in song and praise; sing in front of gospel greats and fans; and win up to $50,000.

Despite rumors that Bet was set to can Sundays Best, The Gospel according to Torrence has confirmed that Sundays Best is returning for Season 4 on BET with hosts Donnie McClurkin, Mary, Mary and Kirk Franklin. It seems as though it couldn‘t be better timing with the upcoming releases for Mary Mary, and Kirk Franklin. I‘m sure we will be seeing adverts relating to

Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration pays tribute to

their releases.

gospel music and provides choirs a platform to showcase their talent. Regional events will take place in the following cities this year:

Auditions are beginning February 19, 2011 in Dallas, Texas and


St. Louis


The Potter’s House (Main – Dallas Campus)

Washington, D.C.

6777 W Kiest Blvd


Charlotte, N.C.


Location TBD

Los Angeles

Atlanta, GA

Oakland, Calif.

are listed as follows: Dallas, TX Saturday February, 19 (7am-1pm)

Dallas, Texas 75236 Los Angeles, CA Saturday, March 5 (7am-1pm)

Saturday, March 12 (7am-1pm)

“How Sweet the Sound is really about building a partnership between

Location TBD

Verizon and the community,” said Marquett Smith, vice president of corporate communications and community relations, Verizon Wireless. ”We are committed to investing in meaningful programs that empower individuals and the community.”


Television Last year, the Compton-based choir, Voices of Destiny, won the How

member from the overall winning choir will receive a Verizon

Sweet the Sound grand prize, receiving over $40,000 and the

Wireless phone and a $50 gift card and advance to the grand finale

opportunity to perform at the 2011 Stellar Awards and Super Bowl

where they will compete to win more than $25,000 in cash and

Gospel Celebration. The choir is building a youth center with the

prizes.The V CAST People’s Choice Award will be awarded to the

prize money.

choir that captures the heart of online voters as well as the audience

“Winning Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel

at each regional concert and at the grand finale. The V

Celebration has been such a blessing,” said Voices of Destiny choir

CAST People’s Choice Award winners will receive $5,000

director Pastor Michael Fisher. ”Verizon has given us an opportunity

at each regional event and at the grand finale.

to show the world that Compton is filled with young people working for positive change in their lives and those around them.” Entry and Selection Process Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration invites faith-based choirs within one of the nine tour regions to enter (visit for specific geography). Choirs interested in a chance to perform on stage must submit an application and audition video. All registration forms and audition videos must be received by April 15, 2011. The audition video may be submitted by mail, uploaded online or dropped off at participating Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. To enter by mail, choirs should send submissions to Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration, 125 E. Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29601. Both small and large choirs are eligible to enter the competition. The “Small/Medium Category” is for choirs consisting of six to 35 performers, while the “Large Category” is for choirs with 36 to 100 performers. After April 15, 2011, a panel of independent judges, selected by Verizon in its sole discretion, will review the eligible Round 1 Videos submitted and, based on the Judging Criteria, score and select four (4) choirs from the Small/Medium Category and four (4) Choirs from the Large Category in each Region (for a total of eight (8) choirs per region) to advance to Round 2 of the contest. Regional Finalists selected by the Judges to advance to the second round of the Contest will be required to submit an essay and video response answering the question “How is your ministry advancing the community?” The videos will be posted on where members of the community can vote for their favorite choirs. Online voting results will be taken into consideration to determine the V CAST People’s Choice Award Winner at each regional event and the grand finale. Up to eight choirs will then be selected to perform onstage at the regional event and two winners, one from the Small/Medium and one from the Large Category, will win $10,000. One overall winner will be selected at each regional concert, and each choir


In The Know…. GRAMMY® Award nominated, Gospel Music

―The initial response to ‗Over and Over‘ at radio has been

Association‘s (GMA) Dove Award and Stellar Award winning

amazing,‖ said Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO

Trin-i-tee 5:7 will release their new CD, titled Angel and

of Music World Entertainment. ―Trin-i-tee 5:7 are

Chanelle, in stores May 2011. Trin-i-tee 5:7, which is now a

extraordinary vocalists and among the best of the best. The

duo, was the Best Selling Female Gospel Trio in music history.

new CD is uniquely diverse and will be successful at multiple

The New Orleans natives and original group members,

radio formats. We are marketing this project to gospel,

Chanelle Haynes and Angel Taylor, have been putting the final

Christian and urban mainstream. Stay tuned.‖

touches on their new CD project. ―The album is a celebration of

Within one hour of servicing the single to radio, rave

truly loving the life that God has given us,‖ said Chanelle.

reviews started pouring in from radio programmers and DJs

―Every song is a reflection of our everyday reality mingled with

across the country. ―Trin-i-tee 5:7 has a history of being one of

God‘s message.‖

the greatest contemporary inspirational groups of our time— always delivering,‖ said Ace Alexander, National Music Director of Sheridan Gospel Network. ―But some of us, especially in radio, were wondering what the future would hold for these talented ladies since transitioning from trio to duo. But seeing and hearing them, I can honestly say ‗Watch out for this dynamic duo.‘ Trin-i-tee 5:7′s new song ‗Over and Over‘ reminds us that there is nothing on this earth like God‘s grace and mercy. This song should be played over and over again. Trust me, people need to hear it.‖ Radio One‘s nationally syndicated host Coco Brother said his audience is extremely excited about this record and it was the Quick Pick of the week. ―This is a great look for the new

This week, ―Over and Over‖ debuted at #24 on

group, Trin-i-tee 5:7. It‘s a song you will play over and over.‖

Billboard‗s Hot Gospel Song chart. The single is #1 Most

And Willie Mae McIver, host of the nationally syndicated

Added on Billboard‗s Top Gospel Singles chart with a first

―Beyond The Praise,‖ concurs, ―‗Over and Over‘ is like an

week listening audience of over 1.1 million. ―Over and Over‖

inspirational lullaby. A simple, yet moving, meaningful, and

was also the #1 Most Increased Spins (+318) at radio. In

powerful ministry tool—reminding us just how forgiving and

addition, the single was on the Gospel Indicator Most

good God is. Thanks Trin-i-tee 5:7, and congratulations on

Increased Spins list.

your next hit!‖

―Over and Over,‖ is produced by and features

All the way from the UK, DJ G of BBC‘s ―The Urban Gospel

GRAMMY® Award, GMA Dove Award and Stellar Award

Experience‖ declared ―One play of this track is not enough.

winner P.J. Morton (India.Arie, Men of Standard, DeWayne

Can‘t wait to see Trin-i-tee 5:7 do this live in England.‖

Wood). ―The song has already changed our lives,‖ said Chanelle. ―It reminds us to appreciate the blessings that are right before us instead of looking for the next best thing.‖ Angel and Chanelle believe fans will fall in love with this song and will keep it in their hearts for a long time.


NewsMakers Billy Ray Cyrus says the Disney TV show ―Hannah Montana‖ destroyed his family, causing his divorce and sending daughter Miley Cyrus spinning out of control. In a December interview published in the Feb. 22 issue of GQ Magazine, Cyrus said he wished the show that launched his daughter to pop stardom had never happened. ―I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I‘d take it back in a second,‖ Cyrus said. ―For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I‘d erase it all in a second if I could.‖ Cyrus and his wife, Tish, filed for divorce in October. Billy Ray Cyrus said when he asked about the rumored video footage of his daughter smoking from a bong at her 18th birthday party in December, he was told ―it was none of my business.‖ He initially refused to attend the party, saying ―it was wrong‖ to have it in a bar. Cyrus, a native of Flatwoods, Ky., had his own success as a country and gospel singer beginning in the early 1990s with his huge hit ―Achy Breaky Heart.‖ He told the magazine that he is scared for his daughter and compared her current path to those of other stars whose lives ended tragically, including Kurt Cobain, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson. He said the Cyruses and their six children were all baptized before leaving Tennessee for Los Angeles to insure themselves against evil and he believes Satan is attacking his family. ―It‘s the way it is,‖ Cyrus said. ―There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, ‗This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together…‘ and look what it‘s turned into. source:AP


Gifting Suite Valentines day is only a few days away and what better a time than to introduce the great gift for any time of year and that is Sigg water bottles. This eco-friendly reusable beverage bottle is the perfect way to say ―I Love You‖ to anyone who is ―green‖ but still wants to make a fashion statement. Made from pure aluminum and 100% recyclable, SIGG is the ideal alternative to plastic bottles and does not leach any harmful chemicals such as BPA‘s, while alleviating the plastic waste dilemma that plagues our landfills and oceans. The durable bottles have a baked on, non-porous interior lining that is taste neutral so you can have lemonade one day and water the next with no lingering taste or odor. For a personal touch, try SIGGSkins. These allow you to design a bottle in any way you‘d like – from a photograph of you and your loved one, to a simple ―Happy Valentines Day,‖ SIGGs and SIGGSkins are affordable, eco-friendly, fashionable and thoughtful. Bottles are available in many sizes at and SIGGskins can be created at Celebrity fans of SIGG Water Bottles include Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Zac Efron, Natailie Portman, and many others.


Something To Talk About DEITRICK HADDON MAKING HIS MARK ON MAINSTREAM MEDIA Its official Deitrick Haddon has made his rounds on BET. First he went on the Monique Show. He had two power packed performances. Gayle King was also a guest on Monique and she want blown away by his performance. Once Deitrick hit the couch he talked about ministry, his wife, and the Call. Watching the show you can‘t help but notice that Deitrick still has a sort of youthfulness about himself. He looks well kept and represents the kingdom well. I think Deitrick never looks overdone because he truly has talent and his purpose is seen through his vision. Deitrick also blushed at the mention of his wife‘s name. It‘s amazing how he keeps up with his busy schedule. Deitrick sure has a lot to look forward to and just like BET I can‘t seem to get enough of his talent. Be on the lookout for more from this great innovative minister.


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