Michelle Williams, Other Gospel Music Leaders to Judge Most Powerful Voices

Michelle Williams, Other Gospel Music Leaders to Judge Most Powerful Voices

DALLAS, Nov. 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GMC TV, Light Records and Roland
Corporation will participate in the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association's 4^th annual Most Powerful Voices gospel competition. The online
gospel singing competition helps the association to educate people about
stroke — the No. 4 cause of death and the leading preventable cause of
disability in America. Michelle Williams is involved in the contest, because
her family has been affected by stroke.

The contest is open to independent artists, groups and choirs who sing gospel,
holy hip hop, praise and worship music. Participants, who must be 18 years or
older, may sign up at Power.watchgmctv.com and upload a video or MP3 file by
Jan. 31. Family, friends — and fans — have until April 5 to vote for their
favorite artists. Those who register to compete or vote will receive
lifesaving stroke information from the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association.

The top 10 finalists will be judged by gospel music industry leaders,
including singer and song writer Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny's
Child), James Robinson, president of A&R at Light Records, and holy hip hop
artist Flame.

The grand prize winner will be announced April 30 and will receive:

  *The opportunity to perform in the Central Park Summer Stage Concert in New
    York City with Light Records artists
  *$2,500 for a trip to New York
  *$1,500 cash and a digital single on iTunes from Light Records
  *Personal coaching by a renowned Light Records gospel artist
  *$5,000 in musical instruments and gear from Roland Corporation
  *National recognition on GMC TV's Digital Download of the week

The top 10 finalists and a lucky voter will also win prizes.

"Embracing our commitment to uplift and inspire our viewers with quality
faith-friendly programming, we are pleased to support Most Powerful Voices,
which allows aspiring artists to lift their voices and showcase their talents
while raising awareness about an important health issue — the prevention of
strokes," said Philip Manwaring, senior vice president of strategic planning
and research for GMC TV.

Most Powerful Voices is part of the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association's Power To End Stroke awareness campaign. Through Power To End
Stroke, the association provides culturally relevant events, tools and
resources to decrease stroke among African-Americans, who are
disproportionally affected by the disease.

"African-Americans are especially susceptible to stroke due to a higher
prevalence of high blood pressure, diabetes and previous heart attack or
stroke," said Dr. Rani Whitfield, family practitioner and American Stroke
Association spokesperson. "That's why it's an important requirement of this
competition to receive stroke information and to learn how stroke is largely
preventable, treatable and beatable."

Michelle Williams is involved in Most Powerful Voices because it "focuses on
two things that I am passionate about — gospel music and sharing stroke
information," she said. "My father and my grandmother suffered from strokes,"
Williams said. "My father's stroke left him unable to walk or talk and I am
sad to say that my grandmother is no longer with us. Stroke has really
devastated my family, so being involved with the competition gives me the
opportunity to share my story and to empower people with stroke knowledge to
help them to reduce their risks."

For more information on the competition and stroke, visit
power.watchgmctv.com.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke —
America's No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with
millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public
health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent,
treat and beat stroke. The Dallas-based association was created in 1997 as a
division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved,
call 1-888-4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org.

The American Heart Association logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=9940

About GMC TV

GMC TV (www.watchGMCtv.com) is America's favorite network for uplifting music
and family entertainment. The Parents Television Council ™ has twice awarded
its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC TV for being "an authentic
family-friendly cable network." The network presents original and acquired
movies, series, stage plays and music specials along with gMovies, the first
faith-friendly streaming movie service. The GMC TV brand is reflected in
"Uplift Someone," the network's successful pro-social initiative. GMC TV can
be seen in more than 58 million homes on various cable systems around the
country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and
Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at 
http://facebook.com/gmctv and http://twitter.com/gmctv.

Contact:

Toiya Honore

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

(214) 706-1456

toiya.honore@heart.org

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