Tuesday, March 17, 2009


National Talent Search To Provide Platform, Development Opportunity For New ArtistsBuffalo, N.Y. (March 16, 2009) - Kingdom Bound Ministries of Western New York, in conjunction with The Christian Festival Association (CFA), a coalition of over two dozen Christian music festivals across the country, recently announced plans for its 2009 National Talent Search. Kingdom Bound Christian music festival takes place August 2-5, 2009, at Darien Lake Theme Park, between Buffalo and Rochester. Now through May 15, unsigned Christian, Gospel and Holy Hip Hop artists can enter one original song into Kingdom Bound's Talent Search online through sonicbids.com. Their music will be judged both online and by industry experts, with the first place winner receiving a performance slot at Kingdom Bound and second and third place winners receiving complimentary tickets to the festival. The first place winner of Kingdom Bound's Talent Search will then go on to the national competition with the potential to win a development deal from Word Label Group.

"The purpose of this exciting new venture is to identify and provide a platform for new artists who can communicate a God-centered worldview in the language of contemporary culture so that the next generation can see, hear and know God," said CFA President Bob Thompson. "The Christian Festival Association is delighted to partner with Word Label Group to provide this unique new platform for aspiring Christian artists."

Regional competitions will take place at 19 CFA-affiliated festivals this summer, including Western New York's Kingdom Bound, and a regional winner will be determined at each festival. Those 19 winners will be invited to Nashville in September to participate in the national finals.

The overall winner will receive a development deal with the Word Label Group family of labels, which includes Fervent Records, Myrrh Records and Word Records.

Jeremy Holley, Word Label Group VP of Consumer & Interactive Marketing, continues, "We are thrilled to partner with the CFA once again in this innovative and straightforward method of discovering and promoting talent. Word is continually striving to discover and magnify the most relevant and cutting-edge sounds in Christian music and we can't wait to hear and see the new music that this year's competition produces."

For more information concerning the National Talent Search, including registration information and deadlines, please visit www.kingdombound.org or www.christianfestivals.com.

Kingdom Bound Ministries presents "the Gospel through the arts" at various concerts and events throughout the year in Upstate New York and Southern Ontario. Each August, Kingdom Bound Christian music festival takes place at Darien Lake Theme Park in Darien Center, attracting upwards of 55,000 attenders from all over the United States and Canada. The festival, now in its 23rd year, features over 50 concerts and seminars over a four-day period, with headliners like Casting Crowns and Newsboys. For more information, visit www.kingdombound.org.

The Christian Festival Association is composed of 25 of the nation's leading Christian music festivals from coast to coast. Its mission is to help member festivals grow both spiritually and fiscally, so that more lives can be changed for the glory of God. More than 22 million Christian music fans each year attend live events in venues ranging from small church gatherings to huge arena-based shows. Participating CFA member music festivals attract more than 1.4 million of these fans each summer to their multi-day Christian music festivals offered coast to coast. For more information on CFA, including a list of participating festivals, visit www.christianfestivals.com.

Word Label Group, comprised of Word Records, Fervent Records, Myrrh Records and Word Music Publishing, is a division of Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb Company. The artist roster heralds some of today's top Christian music performers and songwriters including Diamond Rio, Point Of Grace, Mark Schultz, BarlowGirl, Big Daddy Weave, Nicole C. Mullen and pureNRG. The Word Label Group leads the industry with over 58 years of music-making history. For more information on Word Label Group and its artists, visit www.wordlabelgroup.com.

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