March 11, 2013
Contact: Marie Williams, 918-269-6667
Preparations Under Way for Second Annual Tulsa's Gospel Best
TULSA, Okla. – After the success of the first-ever Tulsa’s Gospel Best competition in spring 2012, J.A.M.E.S. Inc. and Women Empowering Nations will again shine a spotlight on some of the best and brightest singing talent Tulsa has to offer.
On April 20, four groups, four female soloists and four male soloists will take the stage at the Tulsa Community College VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education to compete for cash prizes and the honor of being named Tulsa’s Gospel Best. A celebrity panel will judge the competing groups on stage presence, voice quality and song selection. Audience members will also select a People’s Choice winner from among competing individuals and groups.
This year, Tulsa’s Gospel Best again welcomes emcee LeAnne Taylor, anchor of KOTV’s “Six in the Morning.” Celebrity judges Toni Estes, Grammy Award-winning R&B recording artist; singer-songwriter Tony Mason; and Tulsa singing star Rebecca Ungerman will also make repeat appearances at this year’s event.
In addition to presenting a night of thrilling and inspirational music, Tulsa’s Gospel Best supports two local nonprofit organizations:
J.A.M.E.S., Inc. (www.jamesinc.org) was founded in 2006 to provide scholastic opportunities and mentoring support to pregnant and parenting teen mothers. Through the development of its Educational Doula model, the organization impacts the lives of teen girls through educational programming, resource identification and scholarships.
Women Empowering Nations (www.wenations.org) was founded in 2009 to enhance education through self-esteem development and empowerment. Promoting leadership, education and service, the organization globally impacts the lives of girls through educational programming and mentoring.
The 2013 sponsors for Tulsa’s Gospel Best include: Meredith Siegfried and NORDAM; Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, PC; Mike Manning Law; Grant Thornton LLP; A Pocket Full of Hope Recording & Production Studio; Crowe & Dunlevy; Bender Family Charitable Fund; Jonathan E. Gibson, State Farm Insurance; The McIntosh Group LLC; Manhattan Construction Company; Langdon Publishing Co.; Oklahoma Eagle; Williams Lawn & Landscaping Inc.; Tate Law Offices; Greuel Law Firm PLLC; Fred Daniel & Sons Inc.; Elonda Wicks State Farm Insurance; Paul Davault, State Farm Insurance; Mark and Ann Farrow; Metropolitan Baptist Church; and Laurie Green.
Tulsa’s Gospel Best will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the TCC VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education, 10300 E. 81st St (Map Link). Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets are also available online at MyTicketOffice.com
(Please note that additional charges/fees may be assessed for online ticket purchases).