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The Gospel Music Channel announced audition and programming details for "Gospel Dream 2005," the newest addition to its line-up of inspirational and entertaining programming. The announcement was made by Charles Humbard, president and CEO and Brad Siegel, vice chairman of Gospel Music Channel, the nation's only 24/7 cable television network dedicated to all styles of gospel music.

"Gospel Dream 2005" will reach out to a broad audience of gospel music fans, bringing performers from all over the U.S. and from all gospel styles - including traditional and contemporary soul, pop, rock, and R&B - to compete for a chance to be signed by a major label. Created and executive produced by Elvin Ross, CEO of SONHO Entertainment, "Gospel Dream" will showcase the best in emerging gospel music talent with auditions in seven cities, culminating in a semi-final round and season finale that will both be held in Atlanta, GA.

Beginning in August, auditions will take place in the following markets: Atlanta (August 12-13), Dallas/Fort Worth (August 19-20), New Orleans (August 26-27), St. Louis (September 9-10), Chicago (September 16-17), Detroit (September 23-24) and Memphis (September 30-October 1). These auditions will air exclusively on Gospel Music Channel beginning October 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern, with weekly episodes leading up to the November 30 semi-finals and December 1 finale. On November 23, Gospel Music Channel will televise a marathon, recapping the entire season thus far.

Registration for the talent search will take place online at www.gospelmusicchannel.com Organizers are expecting hundreds of applicants at each event, and in order to ensure orderly registration, the first 200 registrants in each market will be guaranteed an audition. The show will be hosted by Jonathan Slocumb, famous for bringing clean, cutting-edge stand-up comedy.

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