Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Music Fans Can Vote For Their Favorite Now Through June 16th

Buffalo, N.Y. (May 21, 2009) - Last year, less than two dozen artists entered the Kingdom Bound Talent Search. This year, thanks to the power of Facebook and Twitter, online social-networking sites, there are 49 entries from all over the world. Kingdom Bound, known for its popular, annual Christian music festival at Darien Lake Theme Park, between Buffalo and Rochester, has run a talent search for years, but recently the search has gone from "send us your tapes/CDs" to "post your MP3 online" for judging. The deadline for entries was May 15. Entries came in from a wide variety of artists who cover musical styles from pop to rock, R&B to hip-hop, and country to blues. Most entries came from singers or bands in New York and Ontario, while Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, California, and even Australia were represented.

Now through June 16, music fans can hear the talent search entries online by visiting www.kingdombound.org/talent.html, where they can also vote for their favorite. For security measures, they will be asked for their birthdate and email address. The 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, which includes Fervent Records, Myrrh Records and Word Records.

Kingdom Bound Ministries presents "the Gospel through the Arts" at various concerts and events throughout the year in Upstate New York and Southern Ontario. This August 2-5, Kingdom Bound Christian music festival takes place at Darien Lake Theme Park in Darien Center, New York, 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, Israel Houghton and Newsboys. For more information, call 800-461-4485 or visit www.kingdombound.org.

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