Damien Sneed named Musical Director for Sunday Best on BET

Written by: Gregory Gay

One of Gospel’s favorite sons Damien Sneed is assuming a new role after being named musical director for Sunday Best, the hit Gospel singing competition television show on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) channel. Sneed has arranged more than 90 songs and collaborated with the show’s contestants, background vocalists, band members and executives as musical director for season four of the Sunday Best series.

The television show, which is being filmed in Atlanta and eclipsed more than 1.1 million viewers during its third season debut, showcases the vocal talents of artists from across the country in a competition to become the next great gospel star. Sneed compliments the cast of luminaries on the show which is hosted by gospel icon, Kirk Franklin and judged by veteran gospel recording artist, Donnie McClurkin and the award-winning contemporary gospel duo, Mary Mary.

“It is truly an honor to serve in this capacity, working with some of the best up-and-coming artists, as well as those who are known and loved by people around the world,” said Sneed, who, before his work with BET, served as a professor of music at the City University of New York and as a staff accompanist at the Juilliard School of Music. “At times, it’s unbelievable— like a dream come true to have so many amazing people in one room.”

The new season of Sunday Best will kick into high gear airing each Sunday beginning in July 2011 through September 2011.

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