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Gospel Music, Talent Search Rocked Parmatown Mall

Applause!! International, a talent search agency with an office in North Olmsted, recently sponsored a gospel music contest in Northern, Ohio. Initially, 150 groups and solo artists signed up for the opportunity to win an all-expense-paid trip to AMTC (American Model and Talent Convention) in Orlando, Florida, from July 22nd to the 23rd. The Field of 150 was narrowed to 12 finalists who performed at Parmatown Mall on Friday, June 5th.

Pete Figueroa, singing in the style of Alvin Slaughter and Ron Kenoly, was selected as the winner by a panel of 6 judges including WZLE?s Ron Cox and Kelly Hertrick. Pete will now go to the AMTC, where agents from all over the world, are scouting new talent. Lord willing, we'll hear more from Pete Figueroa in the near future, possibly on a Hossana label.

Meanwhile, Applause International is already planning another talent search in Greater Cleveland. What a witness for Jesus! Hopefully, they will do it in the same or similar venue the next time around. This type of healthy competition is unique in that all of the competitors are declaring that everybody?s a winner with Jesus!