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RECAP: Verizon's How Sweet The Sound Tour (Chicago)

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound "gospel train" docked in the station at Chicago's United Center on September 27th, 2010.

Now, everyone knows that in addition to being the Gospel Music Capital of the World, Chicago is a Church Choir City, having produced the likes of Dr. Charles G. Hayes and Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir, Apostle Donald Alford and the Progressive Radio Choir, Pastor Smokie Norful's Victory Cathedral Choir, the Reeds Temple Church of God in Christ Choir and last but not least, the very first How Sweet The Sound competition winner, Janet Sutton and the Voices of Acme. Need I say any more?

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From the Judges booth it was a case of "Detroit meets Chicago" with Clark Sister Power evident: both Karen Clark Sheard and Dorinda Clark-Cole judged the event. Dorinda explained to GOSPELflava.com that the adjudication process for her was not a difficult task. Her expertise came from the many years of sitting under her mother, the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and then following in her mother's footsteps serving as a Vice President in the music department for the six million member Church of God in Christ denomination.

Karen echoed her sister's words, sharing stories from the early days in ministry at Greater Emmanuel Church of God in Christ, the church pastored by her husband, Bishop J. Drew Sheard. Karen said that she was always a "hands on pastor's wife", working with the choir as well as playing the organ. Teaming up with the resident judge Pastor Marvin Sapp, the judges took their places and the evening got into high gear.

And the PRAISE BEGAN. In between the choir performances, the audience was treated to performances from each judge and also CeCe Winans. If there were a competition between them, a tie would have to be called. The audience didn't leave the United Center without getting back "everything that the devil stole" and knowing that God sees the "best in us". As if that wasn't enough, Marvin Sapp wreaked additional havoc on the place with "Never Could Have Made It". After everyone settled, it was time to pick a winner.

Taking home the titles were the Redeemed Tabernacle Choir in the small choir category and the Greater First Church Choir in People's Choice, Hopeline and Chicago Overall Winner categories.

— feature by GOSPELflava.com Staff (with special reporter: Gregory Gay)

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