Local Choir Wins Los Angeles Competition, Heads To Atlanta To Compete In Grand Finale For $30,000 Prize

LOS ANGELES, CA — The stage had been set: a Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena all abuzz with music lovers




, a judging panel of legendary gospel artists, a gospel award-winning host and eight talented local choirs eager to compete for the title of best church choir in Los Angeles. It was the regional competition of Verizon Wireless’ How Sweet The Sound(SM) tour, held on Oct. 13. The Mt. Rubidoux Seventh Day Adventist Church of Riverside, Calif., was victorious, earning the title of overall best church choir in Los Angeles. The choir will perform in the grand finale on Nov. 8 in Atlanta, competing for a cash prize of up to $30,000 and the title of best church choir in America.

Pictured above, The Mt. Rubidoux Seventh Day Adventist Church Choir celebrates its victories at the Verizon Wireless How Sweet The Sound national gospel competition at LA Memorial Sports Arena on Oct. 13, 2008, in Los Angeles.
Photo credit: Amanda Edwards, Getty Images

The Los Angeles-area semi-finalist winners included:

  • V CAST People’s Choice Award: Mt. Rubidoux Seventh Day Adventist Church of Riverside
  • Small Category Winner: Christian’s Community Center
  • Large Category Winner: Mt. Rubidoux Seventh Day Adventist Church of Riverside

Los Angeles is the tenth stop along the How Sweet The Sound tour. At the grand finale event in Atlanta, the overall semi-finalist winners from 10 cities will compete for the grand prize. GRAMMY®-winning songwriter, producer, arranger and music director, Donald Lawrence, serves as tour emcee and, at the finale, he will be joined by judges Marvin Sapp, Hezekiah Walker and Gabrielle Union.

Verizon Wireless’ How Sweet The Sound tour concludes on Nov. 8 in Atlanta (Philips Arena).

Music fans planning to watch their favorite choirs compete during this event are encouraged to bring their no-longer-used wireless phones and donate them to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program. Phones will be collected at booths set up at different locations throughout the concert venues.

HopeLine is Verizon Wireless’ exclusive phone recycling and reuse program that collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 5.3 million phones and awarded more than $5.6 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country.

Those who cannot make it to the show can drop off their used wireless phones, batteries and accessories at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store at any time of the year.

For more information about Verizon Wireless and the HopeLine program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. For more information about How Sweet The Sound, visit www.howsweetthesound.com.

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