Gospel News Bites

William McDowell, the voice behind classic worship song, I Give Myself Away, is due in the UK for a concert at Bethel Convention Centre, West Bromwich on June 21.  He’ll be joined by supporting artists Noel Robinson and Aaron T Aaron.  Tickets are £20 & £25 in advance, £30 at the door.  Group discounts are also available.  Visit www.highestpraisefamily.com for more details.

Britain’s most popular gospel talent search, Time2Shine, has now been launched.  Founded by Mercy B, the competition aims to provide platforms for gospel artists seeking to share their talents without compromise.  This year’s prize, worth £100,000, includes £10,000 cash, a recording contract and the chance to perform at the Barbados Gospelfest.  All applicants will be invited to participate in auditions, which will be filmed in front of a live audience.  If you are interested in tickets for the audition stage, please visit www.time2shine.tv for full details.

If you enjoy BET’s Celebration of Gospel, you’ll be disappointed to hear the station has cancelled the show, despite the fact that the last COG drew in 2.6million viewers.  People have been shocked by the news and, despite there being no official comment from BET on the reasons why they are cancelling the show, it is being assumed by many that it’s because the broadcaster was unable to secure advertising or sponsorship for the show.  Who knows the real reason?  All I know is that it’s a crying shame.

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