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Recording artist hosts gospel contest in Victoria

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Aug. 30, 2012 at 3:30 a.m.

Chester D.T. Baldwin will be in Victoria to host the Crossroads Gospel 2012 contest on Sept. 8.  The winner will get studio time with Baldwin under his MOR Records label.

Jeff Williams was divinely inspired to bring uplifting entertainment to his hometown.

The 48-year-old Victoria native said the Crossroads Gospel 2012 concert will help fulfill a need in the community.

Six solo and group acts will sing their way into the hearts of fans at the Victoria Fine Arts Center in an Apollo-style showcase on Sept. 8.

The audience will decide the winner based on their response.

"It's something God put on my heart to do," Williams said.

Participants will have eight minutes to wow the crowd and have the option to sing one song or a medley.

Victoria performers include Dorothy Cunningham, New Revelation Praise Team, Rick Cavazos, and Total Devotion.

Williams, a former journalist turned sales representative, hopes to bring up to four events in the Crossroads.

Recognition and friendly bragging rights are flattering, but a chance to have studio time makes winning sound sweeter.

The winner will have a recording session with musician Chester D.T. Baldwin on his label, MOR Records.

Baldwin said contestants will have an advantage if they bring a built-in fan base.

"People tend to do better when they have support."

The 46-year-old Liberty native also serves as the minister of worship at the Covenant Glen Church in Missouri City.

His recordings include selections "Sing It on Sunday Morning" and "Just Having Church."

Williams said the spirited competition will also have non-judged performances from Baldwin and the Mount Calvary Praise and Worship Team.

"This event is going to touch the hearts of Victorians who want to come out," he said.

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