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GMC to Shine Spotlight on Indie Artists in New Contest

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ATLANTA, Sept. 28   One independent Gospel/Christian artist will be featured on Gospel Music Channel (GMC), receive the chance to record with Integrity Music, the world's largest independent Christian music label, and receive $5000 in music gear from Fender Musical Instruments, among other prizes as the winner of GMC's new "Indie Spotlight Contest" announced today.

Both solo artists and groups representing all styles of Christian / Gospel music are welcome to enter the contest and may do so by submitting either a video or mp3 of their original music or a cover of a public domain song to indie.gospelmusicchannel.com. "Indie Spotlight Contest" submissions will be accepted starting today.

15 Finalists will be selected. They will be featured on GospelMusicChannel.com and also receive written feedback on their entry from the panel of judges, composed of a well known artist, songwriter, and music industry executives from Integrity Music and Gospel Music Channel.

The competition will be based on fan voting and artist promotion, with the final winner determined based on quality of performance, commercial marketability, professional presentation, and consistency with Gospel Music Channel's mission to inspire, uplift, and entertain. The online technology platform will be powered by FameCast, a leading company in user- generated contests and social media marketing.

Fans who register on the contest site and vote (One vote per artist, per day) will have the chance to win as well: At the end of the contest period, three fans will be randomly selected to win a High Definition LCD TV. Fans may play and listen to any entry and also submit comments and reviews on the contest site. They can also get the contest widget to post on their own online social sites.

Artists may enter the Open Round of competition starting today through November 24. They can invite their fans to vote for them via contest widgets and word-of-mouth marketing. The fans votes help to propel them to the next round. From November 25 to December 1, fans may vote on the top 100 entries. The top 50 entries, based on FameCast's proprietary ranking algorithm will advance to the Semi-Finals.

From December 2 to 8, fans vote on the top 50. The top 15 are selected for final judging based on the proprietary ranking algorithm and input from judges. The winner will be announced about December 16, after final verification, on the contest site and Gospel Music Channel's website and show, Joyful Noise Café.

GMC 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.