Vote Now For Your Favorite Oakland, California, Choir From Verizon's How Sweet The Sound

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Online voting is now open for Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration, America’s premiere gospel music experience. Gospel music fans in the San Francisco Bay Area can visit to review and vote on video essays submitted by local choirs who will perform in the How Sweet the Sound regional celebration at the Oracle Arena on October 4, 2011. Online votes will be combined with votes from the live audience at the Oakland concert to determine the V CAST People’s Choice Award-winner. Online voting is open now through Wednesday, August 31.

For their video essays, choirs share their personal mission, the effects their music ministry has on their local communities and how they are helping others and uplifting those in need. Gospel enthusiasts can view each of the advancing choirs’ essays and may vote for one regional finalist, once per day on At the close of online voting, the results will be tallied and announced on the website. Later, the online voting results will be combined with votes from the live audience – who will text to vote for their favorite choir based on the performances on stage. The combined results will decide Oakland’s V CAST People’s Choice Award-winner, who will receive a $5,000 prize at the live event.

Details about Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound, including schedules, online voting, judging criteria and official rules, are available online at

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Broadcast-quality B-Roll featuring 2010 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration coverage is available online. Log on to Verizon Wireless’ Multimedia Library at to preview and request video segments, which can be received in newsrooms digitally or by tape.)

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