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NATIONAL TALENT COMPETITION ANNOUNCES WINNERS

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Previous Finalists Featured on CMT, American Idol and Gospel Music Channel

(Nashville, TN) - The winners for the Embassy Music 15th Annual Ultimate Talent Search competition were chosen at a showcase over the Labor Day weekend.   Joanna King was named the winner in the Songwriter category for her original tune entitled, "Son of God."  King grew up as a pastor's daughter in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  She is currently a worship leader for her church in addition to being an elementary music teacher.  As part of her prize package, King's song "Son of God" will be released by Embassy Music to Christian radio as a Christmas single.

Ruben Mundo was named the winner in the Artist category.  Mundo won an artist development session, a professional photo shoot and a recording session with two-time Dove award-winning producer, Kene Bell. A carpenter by trade, Ruben is also a worship leader at Church on the Rock in San Diego, California.   Last month, Mundo was one of three solo artists chosen in the "Best of the Blessed" competition.  As a result, he was featured on the Christian Music Awards, hosted by Cece Winans and Brian Littrell, airing this fall on the Gospel Music Channel.

Over the years, Embassy Music's talent search has helped launch artists and songwriters in various musical genres.  Embassy Music discovered Leeland at the age of fourteen at their Ultimate Talent Search and Seminars.  Through their artist development program, Embassy Music helped Leeland land a publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with the Provident Label Group.  Leeland toured with Third Day and completed a 36-city tour with Grammy Award-winning artist Casting Crowns.  Leeland went on to achieve a Grammy nomination in 2009 for Best Pop Contemporary Gospel Album for his work on Opposite Way as well as numerous Dove nominations.

Two of Embassy's recent talent search finalists have also gained national attention. Robert Mauti was a runner-up in the "Gospel Dream" competition on Gospel Music Channel.  Mauti's new self-titled debut features John Katina (lead singer for The Katinas) and Dove Award-winning vocal sensation, Rachel Lampa. Mauti is also a member of the popular mulit-cultural Soul Choir and has sung backup for Amy Grant, Point of Grace, Bill Gaither, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin.

Another Embassy Music prodigy, Brandon Green, went on to place in the top 50 of American Idol and was featured in the top 10 pairings on the new season of the "Can You Duet?" tv show broadcast on CMT (Country Music Television).

"I was really impressed with the level of talent we had at this event," said Darwin Moody, president of Embassy Music.  "We heard some great songs and met some talented artists.  I feel honored to play a small part in their careers."

Embassy Music specializes in discovering and developing new artists and songwriters. The Ultimate Talent Search has opened doors for artists and songwriters to connect with managers, booking agents, publishers, and radio promoters as well as recording contracts with labels such as Gotee, Virgin and Provident.


For more information, visit: www.EmbassyMusic.com.
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Pictured L to R: Ruben Mundo, Joanna King, Darwin Moody