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JAWN MURRAY Presents: UNTAPPED A Talent Search for Unsigned Gospel Artists


Brentwood, TN (July 11, 2011) – Media personality Jawn Murray and EMI Gospel joined efforts to find the best unsigned artist in Gospel Music for “Jawn Murray Presents: UNTAPPED,” a music compilation set to hit stores on September 13, 2011.

A music competition, “Jawn Murray Presents: UNTAPPED” features 10 new gospel artists that were judged based on criteria set by EMI Gospel based on feedback by Murray, EMI executives and celebrity judges Dr. Bobby Jones(‘Bobby Jones Gospel’), singer and TV talent Lexi, Grammy-nominee VaShawn Mitchell and radio hostGerard Bonner(‘Bonnerfide Radio’).

The competition is finally over and I believe our top 10 represent a solid collective of potential superstars from varied backgrounds and different styles of music.  I’m glad to be able to use my platform to help these artists gain greater visibility and exposure in gospel music,” said Murray.

After deliberating over more than 300 submissions, the “Jawn Murray Presents: UNTAPPED” finalists are (in alphabetical order): Brian Reeves, Charles Butler & Trinity, Derrick Bull & Remnant, FaLawna Barton, Joy Lewis, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession, Madelyn Berry, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Tobbi White-Darks and Tonia Hughes.

“We're amazed at the talented, but unknown, gospel artists we often hear.  Working with Jawn Murray on the UNTAPPED project has been a great way to introduce some of these gifted artists to the world." Ken Pennell, President of EMI Gospel.

One finalist from “Jawn Murray Presents: UNTAPPED” will receive the grand prize of a recording contract with EMI Gospel.  That artist will be announced later this fall.



About Jawn Murray

Jawn Murray was named byEbony magazine named him as one of the ‘30 On the Rise’ to watch in the industry.  For five years, the Washington, DC-based talent was heard on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.  For seven years, he penned the entertainment column “BV Buzz” for AOL Black Voices.  On TV, he also appears as a subject matter expert on networks like CNN, HLN, MSNBC, TV Guide Channel, VH1, E!, BET, TV Oneand The Word Network; as well as on series such as “Access Hollywood,” “Life After,” “Star Jones Show” and “Our World with Black Enterprise.”  Jawn previously wrote the hugely successful “Jawn’s Juice” entertainment/lifestyle column for the newswire Electronic Urban Report (EURweb.com).  Additionally he works as a celebrity media coach and conducts artist development boot camps for recording artists and high profile personalities.  As a tastemaker and brand strategist, Jawn has become a go-to guy for Fortune 500 companies and marketing companies that seek his expertise for pop culture appeal.  Jawn is also on the Board of Directors for the Gospel Complex for Education & Preservationin Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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