June 22, 2011
University and Academy students compete in singing showdown on national televisionFourtify, a quartet from Searcy, Ark., has been selected to
appear on a national television program, “America Sings”
airing on GMCTV (Gospel Music Channel) June 29, 2011, at 9 p.m.
eastern/8 p.m. central time. “America Sings” is a contest for singing
groups all over the country to compete. Fans will be able to vote for
their favorite group to win.
The four members of Fourtify are Kittrell Camp, Emily Eads, Lindsey
Farley, and Jordan Simpson. Camp, Eads, and Farley graduated from
Harding Academy in May of this year, while Simpson graduated in 2010
and is currently a sophomore at Harding University. All four are
members of the College Church of Christ.
The quartet formed their group three years ago while all four were
students at Harding Academy. All were members of the Harding Academy
Chorus and also part of the ensemble, CrossEyed. “We are just a group
of friends who love to sing together and be an encouragement to
people,” said Eads.
They have performed for Harding Academy faculty/staff meetings, the
Harding Academy new auditorium dedication, Harding University
faculty/staff banquet, Sweetheart Banquet at the College Church of
Christ, and the Caring and Sharing program at the College Church of
Their repertoire includes a cappella gospel music, such as “Shut De
Do,” and “How Deep the Father’s Love,” as well as uplifting
contemporary music such as “For Good” from the Broadway musical,
For more information, check out Fourtify’s Facebook page and “like”
them there. Several of their YouTube videos are posted there as well.
Following is a press release from Gospel Music Channel regarding the
Atlanta, Ga. (JUNE 9, 2011) — Multi-platinum recording artist Drew
Lachey will host “America Sings,” an eight-night summer series that
will premiere on GMC, America’s favorite network for uplifting
entertainment, Wednesday, June 22, at 9 p.m. ET.
“America Sings” features videos of singing groups unlike any you have
seen before. Over 100 groups from across North America will compete to
win America’s vote and a chance to win $10,000. Each week, Lachey
shines the spotlight on new videos submitted by singing groups ranging
from a cappella, barbershop, doo wop, flash mobs, gospel and more.
The show’s casting team goes behind the scenes to interview the
singing groups and tell their inspiring stories. Then, they hit the
streets to get people from all walks of life to sing one classic song
that will air as a compilation in each episode.
In the premiere episode, we meet a singing group that formed inside
one of the world’s most dangerous maximum security women’s prisons and
a flash mob choir that takes over a shopping mall singing “Hallelujah”
in a way you have never heard it sung before. The man-on-the-street
compilation of “We Are Family” is sure to entertain.
It is up to the television audience to decide which singing group will
win $10,000. The singing groups with the most votes will receive the
top prize and be featured in the special season finale. Television
audiences can cast their vote at www.watchgmctv.com/sing.
Singing groups featured in “America Sings” include award-winning a
capella groups from Lincoln, NE, Provo, UT, Las Vegas, NV, Boulder,
CO, Seattle, WA; barbershop groups from Dallas, TX, Orange County, CA,
Littlerock, WA, Dallas, TX, Kansas City, MO; Gospel choirs from
Anderson, SC, Austin, TX, Hurley, VA, John’s Creek, GA, San Francisco,
CA, Louisville, KY, Wilmington, DE, Charlotte, NC; and rock bands from
Los Angeles to New York, including a band from Brooklyn, NY whose
stage is the New York City subway B train. They entertain morning and
evening commuters using iPhones and their voices as instruments. For
additional information on the singing groups featured on “America
Sings,” please visit www.watchgmctv.com/sing.
Former 98 Degrees pop singer Drew Lachey is a native of Cincinnati,
Ohio. He took home first place in the second season of ABC's Dancing
with the Stars. On Broadway, he starred in the musicals RENT and Monty
Python's SPAMALOT. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and children.
“America Sings” is produced by Genco Entertainment with executive
producer Brad Lachman. Co-executive producers are Bill Bracken and
GMC ( www.watchgmctv.com) is America’s favorite channel for uplifting
music and family entertainment. In 2010, The Parents Television
Council™ awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being
“an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC was the only
television network to receive the highly coveted honor last year.
GMC can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems
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