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Atlanta choir seeks to win gospel competition

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The How Sweet the Sound Tour is coming to Atlanta. The national singing competition will showcase 40 of the best gospel choirs in the country, and the Atlanta West Pentecostal Choir is one the 40.

The first thing that makes Atlanta West Pentecostal Choir special is that they're the tour reigning champs. Secondly, the talented group of singers redefines how we see gospel music.

The sound of gospel music can cause hands to clap, toes to tap, and spirits to soar. And quite a few heads turn when the Atlanta West Pentecostal Church Choir belts out a soulful medley.

"I was pleasantly surprised. It is predominantly white. We like to praise, raise our hands, dance, run, jump. We like to see that when we sing," said music minister Brandon Frazier.

For a third year, Frazier and his 70-voice choir will compete in the How Sweet the Sound nationwide competition, which is looking to crown the best church choir in America.

The choir is no stranger to the competition. They entered on a whim in 2008, and won $10,000. So they came back the following year -- better, stronger, and more experienced.

"We won again, people choice and best large. Went to [the] finale in Detroit in 2009. We won everything, people choice and best overall choir. How sweet the sound," said Frazier.

Because it is a competition, Frazier is keeping this year's song choice close to the vest. But he hopes through the choir's singing, someone gets closer to god.

"Hopefully more praise and worship, a greater anointing on the choir. I hope they will respond to the presence of the Lord when we sing," said Frazier.

The metro Atlanta area will be well represented this year. We wish the best of luck to Atlanta West Pentecostal as well as the five talented local choirs. You can check out the competition Monday night September 10 at Phillips Arena. For ticket information, click here!

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