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Saturday evening’s choir showdown at Joe Louis Arena was a saints paradise as five choirs sang their praising hearts out for a chance to win $10,000 and a trip to New York for the Verizon Wireless How Sweet The Sound Finals.

Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell said, “You can’t judge a book by its cover, and you can’t judge a choir by its color!” And in the end, it was The Apostolic Church Sanctuary Choir from Auburn Hills, Michigan and  headed by director Buffie Dumas who won the competition.

Apostolic Church Sanctuary Choir – Regional Winners of the Verizon Wireless How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition

I had the opportunity to chat with Buffie before the competition… Click the Picture to hear it! 

The Apostolic Church Sanctuary Choir – How Sweet the Sound 2012 Detroit


Who knew they would turn the Joe into church revival!

Not only did The Apostolic Church Sanctuary Choir win the regional competition, they also walked away with the People’s Choice Award, awarding them an additional Five Grand!

Shout out to the other fantastic choirs:

  • Anointed Voices of Higher Ground
  • Albert Strickland & CHO’ZEN
  • Highest Praise Community Gospel Choir
  • Pleasant Green Choir

And, Larry Callahan and Selected of God who served as the house choir for How Sweet The Sound. Here’s some of the sights from back stage and from the competition:

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