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Verizon's How Sweet The Sound Selects Local Chicago, Illinois, Company RK Design To Create Gospel-Inspired Mural

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound Celebrates the Influence of Gospel Music in Chicago through Public Mural Initiative

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August 15, 2010

Erica Sevilla  

CHICAGO, IL — Verizon Wireless today announced the selection of RK Design, a Chicago-based company made up of artists Rahmaan Barnes, Max Sansing and Angel "Rome" Pagen, to create a mural installation inspired by gospel music and Verizon's How Sweet the Sound program. RK Design's public mural will reflect the essence of Chicago and honor the role gospel music plays in uniting the community. It will also provide a lasting visual reminder of the company's ongoing commitment to the city on behalf of Verizon's How Sweet the Sound gospel music celebration and the search for the "Best Church Choir in America."

"We are so honored to have the opportunity to share our art in such a public forum," said Rahmaan Barnes, co-founder of RK Design. "Our hope is that residents of Chicago will see themselves and our city's culture reflected in the mural."

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound mural initiative seeks to produce vibrant public art that will enhance, enliven and help beautify the local community, while supporting the overall tenets of the national choir competition. Muralists were selected for their ability to visually convey a concept that best represents the spirit of their city and that speaks to the gospel choir experience exemplified by How Sweet the Sound.

"Verizon Wireless is committed to the community. And, honoring local artists through Verizon's How Sweet the Sound is just another opportunity to empower local talent and support programs that make a positive impact in the Chicago area," said T.J. Fox, president — Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. "We are thrilled to help create lasting connections to communities across the country through these mural installations."

Verizon's How Sweet the Sound is much more than a singing competition — it is an opportunity to capture the passion for gospel music in Chicago and to celebrate the unique ways that music connects people within their community. The "Search for America's Best Church Choir" comes to Chicago's United Center on Sept. 27. Tickets are on sale now for only $5 and $7 to see the musical celebration starring emcee's CeCe Winans and Donald Lawrence.

Details about Verizon's How Sweet the Sound, including the mural program, schedules, judging criteria and the official event rules is available online at  

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