Friday, September 5, 2008

How Sweet The Sound Seeks Atlanta's Best Choir and No-Longer-Used Wireless Phones

PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced today the Atlanta-area semi-finalists in the search for the country's best church choir. Atlanta-area choirs and their choir directors who have made it into the semi-final round of the Verizon Wireless' How Sweet The Sound(SM) national competition are:

-- Small Choirs (6-35 singers):
- Atlanta Praise Ministries, Pastor James Jackson (Atlanta)
- Enon Church, Kevin Styles (College Park)
- Eagles Nest Cathedral, Johnathan Williams (West Point)
- Due West United Methodist Church, Billy Payne (Marietta)

-- Large Choirs (36-100 singers):
- Beulahland Bible Church, Dr. Jay Terrell (Macon)
- Atlanta West Pentecostal Church, Brandon Frazier (Lithia Springs)
- Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church, Celia Stockton (Atlanta)
- Shaw Temple Mass Choir, Keyth Lee (Atlanta)

The semi-final competition will be held September 15 at Philips Arena. During the event, Atlanta area church choirs will perform for a chance to compete in the national grand finale for a cash prize of up to $25,000 and the title of the best church choir in America.

Bring Your No-Longer Used Phones for a Good Cause

Atlanta gospel music fans planning to watch their favorite choirs compete during this event are encouraged to bring their no-longer-used wireless phones and donate them to the company's HopeLine(R) program. Verizon Wireless will collect the phones at booths set up at different locations throughout Philips Arena. All collected phones will support local domestic violence organizations.

HopeLine is Verizon Wireless' exclusive phone recycling and reuse program that collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 5 million phones, awarded more than $5 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.

Those who cannot make it to the September 15 show can drop off their used wireless phones, batteries and accessories at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store across the state of Georgia, at any time of the year.

Award-Winning Gospel Artists Hosting and Judging

The Verizon Wireless How Sweet The Sound national finals are in Atlanta November 8. The semi-finalist winners from 11 cities will compete in the national grand finale. GRAMMY(R)-winning songwriter, producer arranger and music director, Donald Lawrence, will be the tour emcee at each of the 11 semi-final competitions and at the finale. Marvin Sapp, Hezekiah Walker and other gospel artists will join the competition as judges.

Tickets Available

The doors to Philips Arena will open at 6 p.m. before the How Sweet The Sound competition begins at 7:30 p.m. on the 15th. Tickets can be purchased via Ticket Master or the Philips Arena Box Office and are $7 for floor seats and $5 for upper level seats.

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