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Feb 14th

Makin’ The Choir TV show holds live auditions

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bishopjamesgainesMakin’ The Choir Reality TV Show, created and hosted by Bishop James Gaines, formerly of the group Devoted, (Savoy/Maleco Records), auditions Minnesota this month on the way to its creation of America’s Gospel Choir.

“For those of you who have had the opportunity to marvel in the joyous sounds of a powerful gospel choir ensemble, you know exactly what I’m talking about,” said Bishop Gaines last week in a “Conversations with Al McFarlane” broadcast interview on KFAI FM 90.3. “Regardless if you have or have not, I guarantee you do not want to miss this event,” he said.

The event is a live audition for solo singers, solo musicians and choir directors, who are ages 18+. The Makin’ the Choir Reality Show Auditions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, MN on October 16th.

To become a contestant, go to to download an application. Rules require auditioners to be onsite at 7am with an 8×10 headshot and $10 entry fee.

If you are not a likely contestant, but enjoy the excitement of Gospel music and television production, you can be part of the live audience beginning at 8am. There is a $10 admission fee payable at the door.

The day’s work concludes with a concert at Crown Plaza Hotel hosted by the celebrated Dr. Ben Chavis President and CEO of Hip Hop Summit, ( and special performances by Jovonta Patton & DFY and Shiloh Temple International Mass Choir, James Grear and Company, Weston Reindl and more.

For the concert, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 pm. Admission is $25 at the door $20 in advance. The first 50 morning "audience" audition participants get in free compliments of General Mills! Tickets can be purchased at Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 870-9300 AND Urban Lights, 1449 University Ave. W., St. Paul,MN 55104, 651-647-9650. For more info.: Contact Lutunji or Alafia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-382-2021.

Out of town contestants and fans can book special discounted hotel rooms by calling The Crown Hotel and reference “Makin’ The Choir”. Call (651) 292-1900.


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