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Thursday, September 6th, 2012, Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound Gospel Celebration kicked off at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.

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Thanks to the great people of the DFW area alongside our esteemed hosts and judges and wonderful corporate sponsors Verizon and United Healthcare, the event was a resounding success.

CeCe Winans, Erica Campbell (of Mary Mary), Fred Hammond and Bishop Hezekiah Walker  were the judges of the first  date.

I understand the project you’re doing, “How Sweet the Sound” is something that’s been going on for a while. I would first of all like to talk with you for a moment about your role in this event.

CeCe: I’ve been involved with “How Sweet the Sound” for several years now. The first time they asked me, I was a judge for a few of the shows and I performed and really enjoyed it, as I felt they did it in a first class way.

It was a great chance to give choirs a platform of knowing that it was really the foundation of gospel music and gospel choirs. For the last three years I’ve been hosting / co-hosting with Donald Lawrence and had a great time doing that. This year I’m going back to judging and Yolanda is going to host the event.

EH: It’s my understanding that some of the smaller churches are being invited to this event now as well as the community choirs.

CeCe: That’s been the great thing about being a part of “How Sweet the Sound”, is that every year they’re striving to do it better, striving to encourage more people and add on every year. This really can be a blessing to the community, the churches, and the choir directors, as well as the corporate businesses that are sponsoring this.

The best way to experience amazing gospel music is to experience it up-close-and-personal! Look for Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound® coming to your area and join our celebration.

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