Today, there are many singing competitions, but none that is quite like this. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, GMC TV, Roland and Light Records launch the Most Powerful Voices online singing competition that may save a life!
Most Powerful Voices, held now through March 5 is open to indie artists, groups and choirs singing gospel, praise, worship and holy hip hop music. Competitors, who must be at least 18 years-old, just need to visit power.watchgmctv.com and upload a video or MP3 file between now and January 27, 2012 and get people to vote for them through February 24. When people register to participate as a competitor or as a voter they are registering to receive potentially life-saving stroke information.
The top 10 finalists will have an opportunity for their singing to be judged by gospel music industry leaders such as the Vice President of Entertainment One Gospel and President of A&R, Light Records James Robinson and famed singer Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.
The overall winner will receive:
• Opportunity to perform at the American Heart Association’s Power Weekend at a prominent location in New York
• $5,000 worth of music equipment from Roland manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments
• $2,500 from Light Records
• $2,500 travel stipend
• A digital single produced and distributed by Light Records
• Personal coaching session with a renowned Light Records artist
• National recognition on GMC TV
• And more!
One lucky voter will receive a trip to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Power Weekend in New York.
“I am honored to be involved with the Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition, because it shines a light on stroke. This is very important to me because my father had a stroke in 2005 due to smoking, diabetes and an unhealthy lifestyle. His stroke left him debilitated, robbing him of his ability to talk and walk. The very next year, my grandmother suffered from stroke and I’m sad to say that she is no longer with us. My father and grandmother’s strokes have devastated my family,” said Michelle Williams.
“I want people to know that stroke can happen to anyone, at any time. My father was only in his 50s when he suffered from stroke. It is largely preventable. We have to take care of ourselves…the first step is knowledge,” she said.
Most Powerful Voices is an initiative of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Power To End Stroke cause campaign. Through Power To End Stroke, the Association reaches African Americans with stroke messages because of their disproportionate stroke risks compared to other ethnic groups.
“Stroke is a serious issue in the African-American community,” said Dr. Rani Whitfield, a family practitioner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and American Stroke Association spokesperson. “It is a leading cause of severe, long-term disability and death for all Americans, and African Americans are at increased risk due to higher prevalence of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and previous heart attack and/or stroke. More than 100,000 African Americans will suffer a new or reoccurring stroke this year. That’s why it’s an important requirement of this competition to register people to receive stroke information. We need to reach as many people as possible to help them to reduce their risk and to know what to do in a stroke emergency to help improve stroke outcomes.”
Power To End Stroke is nationally sponsored by the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership. For more information and to register for the contest, visit power.watchgmctv.com.
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About the American Stroke Association:
Created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association works to improve stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’s No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. To do this, we fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide health care professionals, and provide information to stroke survivors and their caregivers to enhance their quality of life. To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org.
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About Light Records and Entertainment One:
For over 40 years Light Records has provided life-changing, restorative and inspiring Gospel music. From their prolific Gospel catalogue with Walter Hawkins; The Winans; Andrae Crouch to today’s modern favorites – Shirley Caesar; Youthful Praise, Ricky Dillard, Jessica Reedy, Bishop Paul Morton, Dawkins & Dawkins, James Fortune and Dorinda Clark-Cole, Light Records continually strives to keep Gospel music innovative and fresh while keeping the traditions alive. Light Records is a wholly owned division of Entertainment One. Entertainment One (LSE: ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
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