Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CWIMA National Music Showcase for Women

Christian Women in Media Association will be having their 3rd annual National Music Showcase for Women in Nashville on Saturday, July 20th. Christian female artists and bands have the opportunity to perform live on stage in front of top music people in Nashville! The purpose of the Showcase is to give Christian female artists not only a platform to perform, but to become known and to honor God with their gifts and talents. Earlier this year, CWIMA opened the contest for entries, and 8 finalists were selected. On July 20th, in an event open to the public, these finalists will perform in front of 3 celebrity judges. The public is invited to attend this concert and there will be an awards ceremony. This event will be held at Christ Church 15354 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, TN.

For a just a sample of the talent, watch video clip here

The Executive Director of this annual event is Erica Lane, a prolific vocalist and songwriter from Nashville. Lane has a passion for mixing rich, musical tradition with modern originality. She is a classically trained singer/songwriter who has mastered the art of fusing contemporary pop with sweeping ballads and romantic orchestral impressions. Lane's music has been featured in nearly a dozen film and television soundtracks, and her original "Believe In America" is featured as the theme song for the syndicated political talk show, Be The People. Lane has also starred in a family friendly reality TV series, Inspired Ambition. Her most recent release, Royalty, is a prime example of the beautiful lyrics and magnificent blend of both familiar and original melodies to create a powerful ballad. For more on Erica Lane, go to her website at

Guest Judges:

Ayiesha Woods is a Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian musician. Her musical style is a wonderful mixture of a variety of genres, including soul, rock, pop, and urban. She had already received 3 Caribbean Gospel Music Awards before Woods was signed to Gotee Records after Toby McKeehan heard her song, Crazy, while visiting in Jamaica. She had been praying for a way to serve God and reach people with her music, so this was an answer to those prayers.

Andrew Patton is President and CEO of Patton House Entertainment LLC. With more than 20 years experience in marketing and promotion, he has been involved with the careers of too many artist to mention; 3 of my favorites on the list, though, are Casting Crowns, Newsboys, and Rush Of Fools! In 2013, Andrew unveiled the Patton House Music Institute.  This is a specialized one-on-one program that teaches and also creates artists into well-rounded entertainers. Patton, in partnership with some top professionals, personally works with highly specialized, unique one-on-one program for artists not only teaches but also creates the foundation that artists need to build upon their dreams. His website is Patton House

Roger Ryan is a Dove and Grammy-nominated producer whose considerable experience and work has run the full spectrum of the industry, including Music Director for Cece Winans. Ryan majored in Piano Performance at Oakwood College and continued his graduate studies in Music Arranging before beginning his career as a producer.  A skilled composer and performer, Ryan has also taken on the role as a music teacher, conducting music and producer workshops in a variety of cities. Providing an alternative way for musicians to develop their talent and bring it to a wider audience is one of Roger's goals. To learn more, visit his website at

You can buy tickets for the CWIMA National Showcase for Women HERE

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