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Sunday, June 29, 2008 - by
If you were there last night, Saturday, June 28, 2008, we know you had a good time in the Lord. Last night was more than a competition, it was a celebration of Statewide upcoming artists singing to the Glory of God.

The Spirit of the Lord reigned over the place starting with the opening song. "It's not about us, it's about Jesus". What better song can be sung that represents the occasion then that.

Michael J. Wright led the song like he had been singing professionally for 15 years. From his stage presence to his vocal ability he gave it his all. Surprisingly to the audience when the final five were revealed he was not one of them. The final five were not selected by or the judges but were selected from the amount of votes each contestant received on

All the contestants did a great job. Ron Henry's final performance left audience members in tears with joy. Ron sung "My soul has been anchored in the Lord", the Spirit was so high afterwards he transitioned to Marvin Sapp's "Never would of made it". Great job Ron for allowing the Lord to use you last night.

If you have been keeping up with this competition you are no stranger to Tracy Joyner. Tracy Joyner took Virginia by storm with her first audition. Tracy was voted to be one of the five finalist, but did not win the competition. Minister Rashad D.L. Cartwright, Founder of said afterwards, "...all of the singers were awesome. Tracey Joyner has a voice that is going to take her to high places. We are honored here to be a small part in Tracy's upcoming career."

Jacquelyn Rogers from Norfolk, Va, told reporters before the show that she is here to support Mr. David Byrd. That was the comment from a lot of audience members last night. David Byrd had a awesome amount of support last night. David opened the individual performances with James Fortune & Fiya rendition of "The Blood".

Africia Ansari had a great performance also as she allowed the Lord to use her. Candice Pryor sung the song "He meant it for my good" by Dottie Peoples, and William Freeman sung "Lead me to the rock" by Stephon Hurd.

Co-Pastor Carolyn Henderson gave a remarkable performance as she sung "Let us worship Christ" by Yolanda Adams. Henderson was selected by the voters as one of the five finalist.

Each performance was fabolous but as the NBA slogan for the 2008 Finals quoted, "There can only be one."

Kristal Knowles gave an outstanding performance. The anointing was felt as she sung up praises to God. In spite of small technical difficulties with the musicians that left her singing acapella, she finished "Alabaster Box" by Cece Winans brilliantly. The judges admitted that while deliberating three contestants could have won. Yet, the judges feel that Ms. Knowles deserved to win.

The judges for the 2008 VA's Gospel Allstar Competition Finals were Stellar Award Nominee Natalie Wilson of Natalie Wilson and the SOP Chorale. Pastor Chris Hines, pastor of the Way of the Cross Church in Norfolk, VA. And Brutha Ray, DJ and Co-Host from Rejoice 100.9 radio station.

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God Bless

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