Announcing: Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound Tour!

The national gospel choir competition gives church choirs across the country a chance to win the title of “The Best Church Choir in America” and up to $50,000 in cash and prizes.

CeCe Winans, gospel industry legend and winner of numerous GRAMMY® and Stellar Awards, will join co-host and GRAMMY-winning songwriter, producer, arranger and music director Donald Lawrence as the tour emcee at each of the 14 regional competitions and the finale. Marvin Sapp, Hezekiah Walker, Byron Cage, James Fortune, Dorinda Clark Cole, Fred Hammond, Kurt Carr, Richard Smallwood and more will join the competition as judges.

Dates are:

  • Houston (Sept. 9, Toyota Center)
  • Jacksonville, Fla. (Sept. 11, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena)
  • Memphis, Tenn. (Sept. 14, FedEx Forum)
  • Philadelphia (Sept. 17, Wachovia Center)
  • Washington, D.C. (Sept. 18, Verizon Center)
  • Newark, N.J. (Sept. 22, Prudential Center)
  • Cleveland (Sept. 24, Quicken Loans Arena)
  • Detroit (Sept. 25, Joe Louis Arena)
  • Chicago (Sept. 27, United Center)
  • Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 30, Time Warner Cable Arena)
  • Atlanta (Oct. 2, Philips Arena)
  • St. Louis (Oct. 5, Scottrade Center)
  • Oakland, Calif. (Oct. 9, ORACLE Arena)
  • Los Angeles (Oct. 11, STAPLES Center)

More info here.