The final stop before the grand finale of Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound 2013 (HSTS) capped off in Atlanta last night and ended on a very high note. HSTS is back for it’s sixth year and is a nationwide search for the best gospel choir in America with the goal of celebrating music and creating a lasting impact on churches and communities across the country.
This year’s competition was hosted by Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams and judged by Tamela Mann, Hezekiah Walker, Dorinda Clark-Cole and VaShawn Mitchell.
This was my first year attending and the talent that was in the Civic Center uplifted the entire audience. There were a total of six choirs that performed and the right winner was chosen. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that Darryl Izzard & Christ-N-U was going home with the prize of $10,000. They sang a rendition of Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise” that hand everyone on their feet. Not only did this choir win the regional, they also won $5,000 for being the People’s Choice.
The evening was also blessed with performances for all powerhouse gospel artist with Hezekiah opened the show with his newest hit single “Every Praise,” Tamela took everyone to the king with a flawless performance of “Take Me To The King,” Dorinda stomped it out with “Take It Back,” VaShawn did a melody of “Nobody Greater” and “Greatest Man I Know.” Yolanda and Donald also performed together with everyone performing Donald’s “The Gift” to close out the show.
The grand finale is being held in L.A. at the Nokia Theatre. If you aren’t able to attend the grand finale, I highly suggest you attend a show in your city or surrounding next year. This is an event that I look for to attending next year!