Posts Tagged ‘How Sweet the Sound’

Chicago’s Dexter Walker and Zion Movement Team Up With Percy Bady

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Percy BadySinger/Songwriter and Master Producer Percy Bady helped to establish the iconic Choir Sound working with the legendary Thompson Community Singers aka the Tommies during the reign of the Choir years.  Today, Bady recreates a musical menagerie with God’s Got Me, the first single from How Sweet the Sound winner DexteZion Movement at SAr Walker and Zion Movement’s live recording captured during this past summer in Chicago.  God’s Got Me pairs the energetic choir with the equally energetic Minister Tim White for a rapturous reassurance of God’s abiding presence and constant care.

God’s Got Me is available on digital outlets and look for the full album to be released in 2016.

Donald Lawrence’s Best For Last Enters at #1

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Things are all aglow for award winning Gospel supernova Donald Lawrence as his 20 year celebration CD tops Billboard’s Gospel Albums Chart and the Christian/Gospel Digital Albums chart. TheDL_FINALCOVER Best For Last album also enters at #30 on Billboard’s Top 200, while lead single “The Gift,” continues its hit ascent on the Gospel charts, rising to #2.

On songs such as “The Gift,” “Best For Last,” “There Remaineth a Rest,” “Just Like the Air,” “The Blessing of Abraham,” “God,” and more, Lawrence has come together with the Company, the Tri-City Singers, Yolanda Adams, Faith Evans, Natalie Grant, Ted & Sheri, Rudy Currence, among others, whose bright vocals and reverent live performances fire up the spirit, producing a special 20-year milestone celebration since his first album with the Tri-City Singers.     


Michelle Williams Hosts How Sweet the Sound Finale Special On TV One

Friday, March 29th, 2013

TV One will air Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound Road to Gospel Greatness: The Finale hosted by Light Records’  Michelle Williams on Sunday, March 31, at 10 PM/ET.  The one-hour television special will feature performances bMichelley each of the regional finalists as well as the announcement of the grand prize winner. The choirs were judged based on their winning performances at the regional shows by a distinguished panel of judges in the gospel music community that included CeCe Winans, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker and James Robinson from Light Records.

Chicago’s Dexter Walker and Zion Movement Take Top Honors at HSTS

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Zion MovementDexter Walker and Zion Movement now carries the distinction of being “America’s Best Gospel Choir”  as the Chicago based group was named the grand prize winner of the Verizon Wireless How Sweet the Sound Competition.  (more…)

Verizon Postpones Finale For How Sweet the Sound

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Verizon announced yesterday via its website the postponement of the How Sweet the Sound Finale scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 4th.

Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound Finale Postponed
Due to the devastating situation in the Northeast, Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound grand finale has been postponed. We will be bringing America’s most prestigious gospel celebration to the community at a later date. Please continue to check for updates. Our thoughts and well wishes go out to those individuals who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Below is the official statement release







After careful consideration and deliberation, producers and promoters of Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound have decided to postpone the national finale scheduled for this Sunday, November 4th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The finale will take place at a time that allows for the safety, travel and enjoyment of the participants and the audience; details of the new finale timing will be announced broadly as soon as they’re confirmed.


“The safety and care for our audience, our extended communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and all of our performers is our first priority,” said Steven Marrs, President of Momentum Entertainment Group – who helps produce the event. “Our thoughts and best wishes are with all those affected by the devastating, life-altering hand of Superstorm Sandy.”


Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound, the country’s most prestigious and premiere gospel music celebration brings gospel greats and the greatest choirs from coast to coast together as they compete to be named “The Best Gospel Choir In America.”  The celebration is hosted by Grammy© Award winning artists Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams and features Grammy© Award winning artists Mary Mary, CeCe Winans and Hezekiah Walker.


Producers and promoters of Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound continue to stand with and pray for everyone devastated by the impact of Sandy. They continue to express that it was with a heavy heart that they arrived at the decision, but with that same heart and out of great sensitivity and respect for those suffering from the aftermath of Sandy, this decision was made.


Producers and promoters are currently looking at various scenarios and alternatives for the future. As soon as a final decision is made, the public will be updated accordingly and welcomed with open arms to this uplifting event.


Starting Monday, November 5th, customers will be able to receive a refund at their point of purchase.


For the latest news and updates on Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound, log onto, on Facebook at How Sweet The Sound and via Twitter @hstscelebration.


How Sweet The Sound Registration Deadline Extended!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Due to the overwhelming response, the registration deadline for Verizon’sHow Sweet the Sound has been extended! The final day of registration is April 30th! So if you think your choir has what it takes, log onto! The tour will resume this year with CeCe Winans and Donald Lawrence returning as hosts.

Get Ready for Verizon’s Brat Pack Reunion and Unsigned Artist Showcase!

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Big events abound at GMWA 2010 in Cincinnati during the week of July 26, 2010. Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound presents the Brat Pack Reunion featuring Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard and Hezekiah Walker LIVE in concert Tuesday, July 27th. 


How Sweet The Sound Tour Tickets Go On Sale!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010


How Sweet the Sound 2010 is here again in its 3rd national search for America’s Best Church Choir! Choirs from all across America, in 14 markets including Charlotte, Cleveland, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Washington D.C. and Chicago have answered the call for the chance to take the stage and claim the 2010 Best Church Choir in America title!