Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Winner Crowned

Arkansas-based choir wins recording contract and $25,000.

By Cameka Crawford on November 5, 2013

For seven years, the St. Mark Sanctuary Choir has inspired members of its Little Rock, Ark., church with its powerful music. Similarly, the group moved attendees at the finale of Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound as it went on to win the gospel competition. Thousands of people, including judges Erica Campbell, Tamela Mann, VaShawn Mitchell and Hezekiah Walker, were on their feet as the choir sang its version of “Now.” With the victory, St. Mark Sanctuary Choir received a How Sweet the Sound/eOne Music recording contract and $25,000.

The top seven choirs from around the country competed in Los Angeles this past weekend for the title “America’s Best Gospel Choir” as part of the gospel music competition. Darryl Izzard & Christ N U, the Atlanta Regional winner, won second runner-up and Verizon’s People’s Choice, earning the group $15,000. 

Other participating choirs included Joshua Kagler & Harmonistic Praise (New Orleans Regional Winner), Gentle Giant Music Ministries (Baltimore Regional Winner), The St. Thomas Gospel Choir of African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (New York Regional Winner), Carlos Whitlow & Generation Praise (Detroit Regional Winner), and Souls of Salvation (Chicago Regional Winner).

In its sixth year, How Sweet the Sound provides church and community-based gospel choirs the chance to share their talent with the broader community and perform in front of gospel greats. Share your favorite moments from Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound finale on Twitter using the hashtag #HSTS2013.