(DALLAS, TX) — The votes are in and the judges have chosen P. Lo Jetson as the winner of the nationwide Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition. This 22-year-old gospel rapper from Clinton, Mississippi, whose real name is Dale Sellers, beat out more than 500 contestants for the coveted grand prize title.
The competition, which is presented by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, GMC TV (formerly the Gospel Music Channel), Roland Corporation and Light Records, launched in November 2011 and ran through April 2012 as a fun way to educate people about stroke.
More than 15,240 people registered to compete or vote in the competition and opted-in to receive monthly stroke information from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Power To End Stroke cause campaign.
The top 10 finalists, who were chosen by voters, were judged by gospel music industry leaders such as former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams, Christian Hip Hop artist “Flame” and representatives from Light Records, Roland Corporation, GMC TV and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The winner receives:
The opportunity to perform at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Power Weekend at a prominent New York venue (One lucky voter in the contest also won a trip to the event.)
$5,000 worth of music equipment from Roland, which manufactures and distributes electronic musical instruments
$2,500 from Light Records
$2,500 travel stipend for the trip to New York
A digital single produced and distributed by Light Records
Personal coaching session with a renowned Light Records artist
National recognition on GMC TV
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for all Americans and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability. The prevalence of stroke was evident by the fact that most of the competitors had personal stroke testimonies that they shared on the competition site.
“Stroke has affected my family greatly,” said P. Lo. “My mother and grandfather suffered from strokes. That’s why I was attracted to the competition. It gave me a platform to use my gift to help raise stroke awareness and to encourage stroke survivors and their caregivers to have faith and hope. In addition, I have learned more about the disease and have been empowered to live a healthier life.”
For more information about the Most Powerful Voices gospel competition and to register to receive updates for the next competition, visit power.watchgmctv.com.