Sharing Gospel Music at Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Concert

Last month was my sister birthday and I wanted to do something special with her to celebrate. So when I received an invitation to attend Verizon's "How Sweet the Sound" Concert here in NYC at Radio City Music Hall, I knew this would be a great birthday surprise.

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert

Note: I was invited as media and a Verizon #VZWBuzz lifestyle blogger to this event. While I was provided with a HTC One to take photos and video during the event, no other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert
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While we both go to church, my sister is the one who's really into modern Gospel music. Even though I did grow up hearing Gospel music and know a little about some current artist, my current music selection tends to be more international. Still I look forward to hearing from co-hosts Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams (I know her!).

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert


Bishop Hezekiah Walker sings "Every Praise"

The concert also featured Tamela Mann, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, VaShawn Mitchell and Donnie McCLurkin as the celebrity judges and performers. While I didn't exactly know who everyone was, my sister was super excited to see live the people she listens to on a regular basis.

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Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert
Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert
Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert

For my part I was excited to hear the different gospel choirs competing to win a recording contract and up to $50,000 in cash and prizes. Let me tell you the gospel choirs didn't disappoint. Each choir had their own story to tell via music and it was amazing. I was able to take photos and video thanks to the HTC One provided to me by Verizon to capture the event.

While all the choirs were amazing, two really took their music and presentation to a level that impressed both the judges and the audience.

The St. Thomas Gospel Choir of the African Episcopal Church won Regional Winners

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert



Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens Choir won Regional Runner-Up

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert



At the end of the concert the winners received their well earned prizes and chance to move on represent New York in the grand finale event in Los Angeles.

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Gospel Concert

It was an amazing night and my sister enjoyed her birthday present and chance to sing praises along with her gospel stars. I enjoyed a night of sharing music with family.

Thanks so much to Verizon for providing the tickets for this experience.

Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound pays tribute to gospel music and provides choirs a platform to showcase their talent with a broader community. The program is a year-long series of gospel experiences that unite communities and cities all across America in celebration and song.

For information on tour cities, dates, judging criteria, and official event rules please visit www.HowSweetTheSound.com

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35 comments:

  1. What a fun thing to do with your sister for her Birthday. You must be a sweet sister... My sisters Birthday is coming up.. too bad we don't have something like this near us.

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  2. Wow - what an amazing event. I'm so glad you and your sister were able to create this wonderful memory!!

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  3. Gospel Music can be beautiful although I rarely listen to it. I am very glad you were able to take your sister to this show for her birthday. I can tell by what you said that she enjoyed it immensely and am sure was very grateful!

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  4. This sounds like it was a fun event! I wish that I could have gone.

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  5. Wow, that sounds awesome.
    I love Gospel music !

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  6. This sounds like your sister was set up for a great birthday! Happy Birthday to her and Thank you for sharing! The pictures take me back to my choir singing days!

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  7. I love to hear gospel music sometimes. It's very uplifting and sometimes makes me cry, lol (in a good way ;) ).

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  8. That looked like a beautiful and cultured evening, and im pleased to see you enjoyed it xx

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  9. Wow, you had a really huge event there to go to with your sister. Concerts of this type are very inspirational and uplifting of the spirit.

    In Tampa, I'll be going to a few of these.

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  10. That must have been an amazing event to get to attend. That phone takes great pictures,

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  11. Aren't you a sweet sister?! That must've been one heck of a birthday surprise for her! Sounded like a good time for all :)

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  12. Sounds like a really great and fun concert! I will have to check it out and see if they are coming to my area. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Wow what an amazing event and what a great prize for the winners - I bet it was amazing getting to hear them all as well. x

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  14. The phone took great shots of the show, and what a terrific experience overall!

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  15. What a sweet thing to do for your sister. That's what memories were made of.

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  16. oh you must have won Sister of the year award taking your sister to such an awesome concert! So cool! I would love to take my sister out to a concert like that.

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  17. It looks like you and your sister had a great time at Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Concert. Your pictures turned great too.

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  18. What a fun night! I bet it was fun watching the choirs compete

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  19. What an awesome prize, $50,000! Sounds like a great afternoon.

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  20. I love gospel music, it is so uplifting! It would be amazing to go to something like this. This weekend my teenage son is attending the CSM in Seattle, he is in a Christian Rock band.

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  21. I wish I could have been there. This looks like it was a really great event. Happy you got to enjoy it.

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  22. What a good time for you and your sister. Gospel music is so uplifting and leaves you feeling that way for days after attending an event.

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  23. Looks like you had a blast! It looked amazing!

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  24. Sounds like a terrific event! You looked like you had fun.

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  25. Wow. It has been quite a while since I attended something like this... it's good to listen to gospel songs from time to time - very uplifting!

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  26. This looks like an amazing concert. My Mother in law would love to attend an event like this one with her friends from church.

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  27. Looks like a very colorful stage and a lot of great music!

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  28. What a fabulous family moment! I am jealous. I am an only child.

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  29. I absolutely love listening to choirs! I was in the choir at my high school and loved it!

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  30. I am not into gospel music but sounds like a great time for people that do like it. Looks like you had a nice time.

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  31. I love How Sweet The Sound concerts! I really enjoy going every year when it comes to town!

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  32. What a great way to share a birthday! I am not a gospel music fan but my sister would probably enjoy something like this. it looks like it was a great time.

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  33. What an amazing event and to surprise your sister for her Birthday that's a wonderful thing; I bet you had a blast and she had a wonderful Birthday that she will remember for a long time to come

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  34. Oh my gosh, how freaking cool?! I would have LOVED to go to something like that. I hope you and your sister had a phenomenal time.

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