Watch Your Favorite New Jersey Church Choir Perform Live At Newark's Prudential Center

WARREN, NJ — This summer, gospel music fans can purchase tickets to watch the top church choirs from the New York Metro Area compete in the regional round of How Sweet the Sound™ presented by Verizon Wireless. The national search for the best church choir in America makes its stop at Newark’s Prudential Center on Friday, September 25, 2009.

Choirs participating in the Newark event will compete for the title of best choir in the New York/New Jersey Metro area and cash prizes of up to $15,000. The winning choir from the Newark performance also will have an opportunity to represent the area in the How Sweet the Sound grand finale event. Tickets to the concert at Prudential Center are $7 for floor seats and $5 for lower- and upper-tier seats.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or visit the Prudential Center web site at

After reviewing all of the audition tapes submitted by church choirs from New York and New Jersey, the top church choirs were selected by a panel of judges to compete in the concert in Newark. The New Jersey choirs chosen to participate in the September 25th competition are:

  • Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark
  • Elmwood Presbyterian in East Orange
  • Friendship Baptist Church in Bayonne
  • Mt Calvary Baptist Church in Englewood
  • Pentecost Inspirational Baptist Church in Newark
  • Philemon Missionary Baptist Church in Newark
  • Sykes III And The Truth in Morristown

Details about How Sweet the Sound, including schedules, judging criteria and official event rules, are available online at

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