Share your skills at gospel talent show

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 3:17 p.m.

Two members of Showers of Blessings Harvest Center in southeast Gainesville will be sponsoring a talent show to give exposure to local gospel entertainers while also providing the youth in the community something positive to do.



What: A gospel talent show for singers, rappers and comedians, with a $25 entry fee.

When: 4-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

Where: Showers of Blessings Harvest Center, 2615 SE 15th St.

Tickets: $10 in advance and at the door.

Information: Call 352-328-7839 or 352-246-7789.

Sponsored by Larry Gaines and Marvin Rim, Talent Search 2012 will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Showers of Blessings at 2615 SE 15th St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Hair So New at 1622 NE 8th Ave. and at the door. There will be a $25 entry fee for performers and a $75 fee for vendors. Both must be paid by Jan. 21.

Demetrius Ferguson, a member of Southeast 10th Avenue Church of Christ, will be the master of ceremony and local disc jockey Eric "E-Lo" Lopez will be "keeping the party going and playing the music," Gaines said.

The winner of the talent show will receive $300 cash and three hours of recording time at 3rd Level Music Studio in northwest Gainesville. The performers will be given three minutes each to sway a panel of judges with their talent.

"The judges will be judging the performers on stage presence, creativity and other criteria, and the judges will be from other churches in the community, not Showers of Blessing," said Gaines, adding that some of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Reichert House Youth Academy in southeast Gainesville.

Ali Awolowo, owner and CEO of 3rd Level Music Studio, said the three hours of studio time for the winner will focus on song writing, music arrangement and how to record a demo. He said the dollar amount of the time he is donating is equivalent to $165.

"They will record a demo and receive basic instruction about songwriting, arranging and recording," Awolowo said.

Gaines and Rim said the event is being held to give youth in the community something positive to do and to bring local churches together to praise God under one roof.

"We are going to have gospel comedy, rap and singing," Gaines said. "Every performer will get a trophy and we are expecting to have food and clothing vendors and other vendors."

This is the first time the event is being held, but Gaines and Rim said it won't be the last. They said they are going to try to have multiple talent searches during the year that will culminate in a grand finale featuring the top two or three acts from each event during the year vying for a grand prize.

Rim said there is a lot of talent in Gainesville that needs to be exposed and he is hoping the event can help them get the exposure they need to get to the next level.

"In the future, we hope to have representatives from the gospel music industry on hand to see the talent we have right here," Rim said. "We want to help those already trying to make it in the music industry get to where they are trying to go."

For more information, call 352-328-7839 or 352-246-7789.

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