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New York – Registration is now open for the 2012 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound™ Gospel Celebration, the country’s premiere and most prestigious gospel music experience. Interested choir representatives can visit until Saturday, June 30th 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 compete for a chance to win up to $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound™ Gospel Celebration pays tribute to gospel music and provides choirs a platform to showcase their talent. This year, regional events will take place in the following cities:


•           Dallas – Sept. 6 at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie

•           Atlanta – Sept. 10 at Philips Arena

•           Washington, DC – Sept. 12 at Verizon Center

•           Newark – Sept. 13 at Prudential Center

•           Detroit – Sept. 15 at Joe Louis Arena

•           Chicago – Sept. 17 at United Center

•           Los Angeles – Sept. 21 at Staples Center

•           Finale – New York – Nov. 4 at Barclays Center


“Verizon is pleased to once again bring this dynamic program to the community,” said Marquett Smith, vice president of corporate communications and community relations, Verizon Wireless.  “Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound™ allows us to connect with our customers and celebrate the impact that local church choirs and gospel music have on the community.”


GRAMMY® award-winning, songwriter, producer, arranger and music director Donald Lawrence will return as host and be joined by GRAMMY® award-winning entertainer, producer, author and syndicated radio host Yolanda Adams. In addition, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and CeCe Winans will serve as resident judges for this year’s competition. 

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