Winner of Gospel Dream to be Crowned -- Weds. July 29 at 10pm ET/9pm CT on GMC
Series Down to Three Finalists, Only One Will Win & Live Their Dream
ATLANTA, July 27 - Thousands of entries are down to three...and about to be one.
Tony LeBron, age 32 of Boca Raton, FL, Robert Mauti, 26 of Nashville, TN, and NeVar Massey, 34 from Hampton, GA are the final three contestants in the Gospel Music Channel American Idol®-style talent search TV series Gospel Dream. The winner of season four of Gospel Dream will be crowned Weds. July 29 at 10:00 P.M. ET/9:00 CT on GMC.
The theme for the Gospel Dream's fourth season has been The Greatest Inspirational Songs of All Time and the climatic finale will include such mainstream hits as "Higher Ground" (Massey), "The Way It Is" (LeBron) and "I'll Take you There" (Massey). The winner of season three, Melinda Watts, will return to the Gospel Dream stage in the finale to perform "There Will Come a Day" from her debut album called People Get Ready, releasing July 28 on Razor & Tie Records.
Photo: Final three contestants; hi-resolution version available on request
The judges who will pick the winner are: Michelle Williams from the GRAMMY- winning group "Destiny's Child"; one of Gospel music's most prolific talents, J. Moss; and one of the music industry's most respected executives, Mitchell Solarek. Kimberley Locke, ("American Idol®") serves as co-host along with Mike Kasem ("MTV's Top 20 Video Countdown" "American Top 10").
LeBron, born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, auditioned for Gospel Dream in Orlando and lives in Boca Raton where he is the Worship Leader and Director of the Young Adults Group at the Boca Raton Community Church. Pittsburgh native Mauti currently resides in Nashville where he works with Embassy Music. Cell phone salesman Massey -- at 34 the show's oldest contestant -- tried out in Atlanta, not far from his Hampton, GA home. The three finalists were among 36 contestants chosen from thousands who auditioned in nine U.S. cities this spring.
Gospel Dream invited solo artists between the ages of 16-40 years of age, from all genres of Gospel/Christian music styles, including traditional, rock, pop, country and soul to compete for the final competition in Nashville from which ten finalists-- and ultimately one winner--will be chosen by a celebrity panel of industry professionals. The winning artist will receive record and music video exposure, among other prizes.
The Gospel Dream series was created by Elvin Ross, who is also the series' executive producer and musical director. Gospel Music Channel is the fastest- growing network in television and can be seen in 45 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.