Friday, June 19, 2009

Christine Sinclair - Winner of McDonald’s Gospelfest

“What a Fellowship!” was the theme for the 2009 McDonald’s Gospelfest, which is the largest gospel event in the United States. The event took place on June 13th at the Prudential Center. Some of the biggest names in Gospel music were featured including Patti LaBelle, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Regina Belle, J. Moss, Vickie Winans, Cissy Houston, and Bishop Hezekiah Walker.

McDonald’s Gospelfest is a talent competition of rising stars of all colors, ages, cultures and faiths that compete in a variety of categories, produced and directed by Emmy Award winning Producer, A. Curtis Farrow. Over 80,000 people auditioned to participate (a hundred member choir translates into 100 applications). Introduced this year was the category of Christian Contemporary Soloist. Christine Sinclair, a singing evangelist and member of the North Bronx Seventh-day Adventist Church, was selected as a solo finalist in this category. (Christine is well known singer in the Adventist Church having sung for many major events aired on The Hope Channel and 3ABN.)

This was the second time Sinclair participated in the festival. In 2005, she was a solo finalist at Madison Square Garden featuring Aretha Franklin. Though she did not win that year, she considered it an honor just to have been selected to perform. This year, she not only placed as a finalist, but received a stadium wide standing ovation as she sang a soul-stirring rendition of Amazing Grace, that won the competition. To God be the glory!

For Christine, the main purpose for participating in the festival was to be a witness through song, and the opportunity to have her God given talent heard by a broader audience. “Winning the competition and making music history was just the icing on the cake!” says Sinclair. In her opinion, music ministry is not about the fame, rather bringing honor and glory to His name. Witnessing to the world sometimes means being willing to minister outside of our normal church setting. She thanks God for the talent she has been gifted with, and for providing her with such a wonderful opportunity to minister in music.

Among this year’s judges was Grammy Award winner Roberta Flack. The host of the show was Emmy Award winne r Brenda Blackmon of My9 WWOR-TV newscast. The show will be broadcast on My9 TV Network on July 19th at 9:00 p.m.

UCAA congratulates Christine! We are happy to support our sister in Christ. Please support Christine she is available for Concerts, Church Programs, Conferences, Crusades & Evangelistic Meetings, Weddings and Other Special Events. You may contact her Sinclair Music: Office: (203) 406-0599 Fax: (203) 323-3012 Email: rcsinclair@aol.com

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