Announcing Pursuit 2020: New Talent Contest

Nashville, TN (December 5th, 2019) –Main Street Music & Entertainment, along with Singing News & CCM Magazine, are excited to announce Pursuit 2020.

Pursuit 2020 is a one-of-a-kind experience that will take place July 27th – August 1st, 2020 in Grapevine, TX. The event combines a talent search, workshop and concert into one unforgettable event. Aspiring artists will have the opportunity to learn valuable information, tips, and techniques from the top names in both Southern Gospel and CCM music, while also competing for a record deal! Each day concludes with a concert given by the artists with the intent of inspiring the next generation of talent.

The talent search will take place throughout the week, with the Top 5 in both the Southern Gospel & CCM categories earning the opportunity to work one-on-one with an artist mentor to perfect their selection for the final audition on Saturday. Both winners will walk away with a record deal from Main Street!

In addition to the talent search, a variety of intensives will be held each day on topics ranging from Business Management, Sound, and Booking to Vocal Dynamics, Instrumentation, Producing and Arranging, taught by panels of experienced artists and industry professionals. Panelists, judges and concerts will be announced as they are added.

Tickets are on sale now for this amazing experience. Full Experience Passes are available for both individuals and groups, as well as passes for those wishing to attend the intensives and concerts without participating in the talent search. For a limited time, use promo code EARLYBIRD to save $50 off Full Experience Passes.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.