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After Nearly A Decade-Long Hiatus, Gospel Music’s How Sweet The Sound Returns

Renowned gospel music competition How Sweet The Sound announced it will relaunch next summer, providing a critical stage for artists representing the best in gospel choir, solo and dance performances.

Gentle Giant Music Ministries CEO Nathanael Brown, an award-winning choral director and saxophonist, said, “What a sweet sound to be bringing back How Sweet The Sound. Not only will it give a big stage to individual and collaborating artists, but it will also help raise awareness about an undervalued, uniquely American art form.”

Hosting and performing at the event will be distinguished songwriter/producer/composer Donald Lawrence, one of gospel music’s biggest influencers. Lawrence said, “I am thrilled to be returning to the How Sweet The Sound stage. The new How Sweet The Sound will embrace this diversity, lifting up participants from all walks of life.”

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How Sweet The Sound

How Sweet The Sound registration is open through December 31, 2021. There is no cost to register; participants must be 18 years of age or older. Event tickets are available at Ticketmaster or Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Click here for sponsorship opportunities. (Source: HowSweetTheSound.com)

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Revival: The Gospel of Soul Combines Theater & Cinema into Something “Beautiful”

Inspired by the Biblical account of the Book of John, the musical “Revival” weaves the Resurrection story with theatrical elegance and cinematic cleverness.

Accomplished film, television, and stage actor Harry Lennix and also the voice of Pharisee in the all-black cast of voices for the audio Bible “Inspired By … The Bible Experience,” saw the original play as an Easter performance at Dr. Holly Carter’s church.  During that time, Lennix also had an idea of Jesus being portrayed as a more 21st century person.  And as Mali Music says, “together – along with the spirit of God – [they] came up with something beautiful.”

Revival is a movie about the humanity of Christ vs the Spirit of Christ with beautiful imagery and an amazing cast featuring Mali Music as ‘Jesus,’ Michelle Williams as ‘Mary Magdalen,’ Chaka Kahn as ‘Herodias’ and more. Personally, my favorite parts in the movie were those of Kevin Yarbrough who played the role of Thomas, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh as “Rebah” and Chaka Kahn who let loose with in true Chaka Kahn form with the song, “This Ends Today.”

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I spoke with Mali about his role as Jesus and the effect it had on him, scoring and arranging the movie’s original soundtrack with gospel great Donald Lawrence and the need to sometimes walk through doors that are uncomfortable to you.

“REVIVAL” is now available through TriCoast Entertainment on many digital & DVD platforms (Amazon, iTunes, FLIXFLING, Vimeo on Demand, Vudu, FANDANGO, Google Play), and available for purchase at Walmart, Target and Best Buy.

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