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Gospel artists raise voices, stroke awareness in national singing competition

Gospel artists raise voices, stroke awareness in national singing competition

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 23, 2013

DALLAS, Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association's Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition,
presented in conjunction with television network UP, returns in search of
dynamic gospel performers who will raise stroke awareness — particularly in
the African-American community — through the power of music.

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Calling Gospel Artists!

The online competition is open to independent artists, groups and choirs who
sing gospel, praise, worship and holy hip-hop. This is the fifth year of Most
Powerful Voices and the fifth year the contest has been presented by UP.

Participants can visit and upload a video or MP3 file
of their performance between now and March 2. Voting is live and fans have
until April 28 to vote.

Public votes will determine the top 10 artists. Industry experts such as RCA
Inspiration Artist Latice Crawford, A&R executives and a Roland Corporation
musicality expert will review the top 10 and select the winner.

More than 100,000 African-Americans will suffer a new or reoccurring stroke
this year, which is why those who register to compete or vote will receive
potentially lifesaving stroke information.

"Stroke is a leading cause of severe, long-term disability and death for all
Americans, and African-Americans are at increased risk due to higher
prevalence of risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and previous
heart attack and/or stroke," said Dr. Rani Whitfield, a family practitioner in
Baton Rouge, La., and an American Stroke Association spokesperson. "We need to
reach as many people as possible to help them to reduce their risk and to know
what to do in a stroke emergency to help improve stroke outcomes."

The winner will be announced May 23 and will receive:

  o A performance opportunity at a 2015 Stellar Awards Weekend Showcase
    (travel and hotel provided by RCA Inspiration)
  o $1,500 cash prize
  o $3,500 of vocal performance equipment from Roland Corporation
  o Personal coaching session with renowned RCA Inspiration Artist Deon
  o A Digital Download of the Week from UP
  o National recognition on

Most Powerful Voices is an initiative of the American Stroke Association's
Power To End Stroke cause campaign aimed at African-Americans, who are
disproportionately affected by stroke.

Contest participants must be 18 or older. For more information and to
register, visit 


RCA Inspirational Artist Latice Crawford, contest judge


Win a coaching session with RCA Inspirational Artist Deon Kipping


Are you the next big gospel artist?

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SOURCE American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Contact: Toiya Honore, (214) 706-1456,
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