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Singer/songwriter Shawn Derritt named as finalist in national competition

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  Worship leader and recording artist Shawn Derritt is one of ten finalists in the Gideon 2011 Music Artist Talent Search Competition.  Derritt will perform Sunday, August 7, 2011 at the Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. A panel of industry professionals will judge the live performances of each of the ten finalists and one winner will be selected to receive the Grand Prize of a 4-song EP, produced by multiple Dove Award-winning artist/producer Dave Moody on Lamon Records.

Derritt’s  first radio single, “No One But You,” from his CD entitled, Thank You, is currently playing on over 150 stations nationwide.  The Thank You CD was recently nominated for Best Gospel Album by the Independent Music Awards, a widely recognized and acclaimed international organization.  The first single was written by Derritt, who has penned over 80 praise and worship songs in his over 20 years of being a worship leader.

In addition to serving local churches as praise & worship pastor, Shawn has appeared at many high-profile events including singing with J.J. Hairston at this year’s Stellar Awards ceremony.  Shawn was the featured artist at the Kansas City Chiefs' Faith and Family day, a finalist for the 2008 Rock The Light Talent Search at Starlight Theater, and the featured artist for the 2009 University of Central Missouri’s MLK Gospel Concert. Shawn was the featured artist at the 2009 King Cat Music Awards where he was nominated in three categories (Inspirational, Male Vocalist, R&B) and took home the Best Male Vocalist of the Year award. Last year, Shawn became a top 10 finalist in both the Star 102/Verizon Talent Search as well as the Best of The Blessed national contest.

Shawn holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas and is also the author of two books.  Shawn and his wife Saskia founded Christ Inner Healing Ministries to share their testimony of how God restored their marriage and to usher people into the presence of God through music, teaching and unconditional love.  Shawn and Saskia Derritt have conducted marriage workshops at the annual Marriage Conference held at Sheffield Family Life Center and have been guests on "Living Answers for Today" with Dr. George W. Westlake II. In addition, they have both appeared as guests on TBN’s "Praise the Lord" programming with host Pastor Maurice Williams of Church Triumphant World Overcomers . Shawn was recently highlighted on the popular Christian website, The Christian Post and appeared on The Harvest Show on the LeSea Broadcasting Network seen in over 46 million homes in North America. Shawn has also been a guest on Shout!, a Christian talk show for men, with host G. Keith Jackson, and on "The Way We Used to Have Church" with host Sylvester Jackson, among many other national and regional radio and TV programs.

Shawn makes his home near Kansas City, Missouri.  For more information, visit www.ShawnDerritt.com.