Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny’s Child, is committed to gospel music. She has carved out two solo CDs, Heart to Yours and Do You Know.
Recently, she’s teamed up with record executive James Robinson of Light Records to present the Most Powerful Voices Gospel Competition. The event is presented in conjunction with the American Heart Association and the American Stoke Association.
Most Powerful Voices is open to indie gospel artists, groups and choirs. Competitors, who must be at least 18 years old, have a chance to receive $5,000 worth of music equipment from Roland, $2,500 from Light Records, a $2,500 travel stipend and a digital single produced and distributed by Light Records.
Michelle serves as a judge of the competition. “I got involved because my father had two strokes and my grandmother had a stroke and eventually passed away,” she told Sister 2 Sister. Dennis, Michelle’s father, had his first stroke when he was in his forties. His second stroke, in 2005, confined him to a wheelchair. “It’s just another way to motivate people and bring awareness to stroke.”
James Robinson is now the president and general manager of Light Records. He is also one of the co-founders of GospelFlava.com, a firm that puts you in touch with all things gospel.
“The Lord has blessed me and I took a lot of the relationships that I had and asked God how to use them.” Bishop Paul S. Morton, Shirley Caesar, JJ Hairston, Ricky Dillard & New G and Dorinda Clark Cole are some of the artists that James signed to the label. “I didn’t think that this would happen, but I knew my passion for gospel music. It’s not about a lot of money. I rebuilt this label with relationships,” he said.
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