The future stars of
music just might be those named winners at this year’s Gospel Music
Association Seminar in the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, held last month.
With more than 500 hopefuls vying for $100,000 in prizes and a chance to
seen by the top executives in the industry, Seminar in the Rockies has
become known for producing future top-selling artists each year.
Additionally, GMA’s Academy of Gospel Music Arts (AGMA), which holds
regional competitions across the country, named its 2000 Winners in
performance and songwriting competitions.
“Because there has become an expectation that Estes Park is serious
business if you are looking for a career in Christian music, we are
the finest Christian talent in the world to this event. This year was
exception. We were equally blessed with the best representation of
talent decision makers I’ve ever seen assembled at a talent
said Frank Breeden, president of the Gospel Music Association.
Grand prize winners at the National Talent Competition were:
Vocal Grand Prize
Justin Unger, an 18-year-old tenor from Northwest Community Christian
College in Phoenix, AZ, won the overall vocal competition performing his
original song, “A Common Destiny.”
Southern Gospel Grand Prize
Heidi Hooker, a vocal instructor at the Academy of Theatre in Denver
place that Stacie Orrico and Rachael Lampa went) won the Southern Gospel
competition. She is a native of Colorado.
Group Grand Prize
Vision, a contemporary Gospel group of six women from Peoria, IL won the
overall group grand prize.
Band Grand Prize
Intrepid, a six-member contemporary Christian pop band based in Aurora,
won with an original song, “Walking Blind.”
Song Competition Grand Prize
Becky Smith, a singer/songwriter from Charlotte, NC won with “Let The
Speak For Me.” This song was entered in the Inspirational/Southern
Gospel/Country category of the competition, and won the overall song
competition as well.
Instrumental Grand Prize
Matt Rogers, an alto-saxophonist from Fairfax, VA.
A complete list of all the National Talent Competition follows.
Winners in the AGMA competitions were:
Overall Performance Winner – Contemporary Christian music
As Is, a pop, R&B and Jazz/Funk group of three individuals who come
from around the country: Drew from Houston, TX; Matt from Nashville, TN;
David from Los Angeles, CA.
Southern Gospel Performance Winner
Jeremy Brothers, a 2-year-old from Lakemont, NY, who has sung in many
out of Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist church as well as for
father’s Ministry Freedom Village USA in New York. He is now traveling
time as a soloist all over the U.S. and Canada.
Urban Performance Winner
Dean Mills, from San Diego, CA, combines jazz and R&B with gospel,
reach those who normally don’t listen to gospel music.
Overall Song Winner — Southern Gospel
Patti Hawkins from Nettleton, MS – “Why Not?”
Contemporary Christian Music Song Winner
Tanya Godsey from Ennis, TX – “Give it All”
Urban Song Winner
William Carter, Jr. from Nashville, TN – “‘Bout It”
Founded in 1964, the 5,500-member Gospel Music Association is dedicated
educating the public and the music industry concerning the mission and
of gospel music in today’s world. The Gospel Music Association also
the Dove Awards, which recognizes achievement in all genres of Gospel
and is the premiere television awards show for the contemporary
and gospel music industry.