Exalt! Vocal Talent Showcase Grand Finale
was held on Friday, September 26, 2014
at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte
The Exalt! Vocal Talent Showcase is an opportunity to highlight and encourage gifted Christian vocalists (16 years & older) as they praise Jesus through song.
CONGRATULATIONS to the TOP 3 WINNERS for 2014
#1 – Lawson Galloway #2 – Cedric Meekins #3 – Angi Waldrop
Lawson Galloway is a vocalist at Elevation Church. He has a folk style and accompanied himself on the ukulele, which he taught himself just before the Exalt auditions. Lawson just turned 17.
Cedric Meekins is the Director of Worship and Fine Arts Ministry at Greater Providence and Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church. He has a deep Gospel style voice and accompanied himself on the keyboard.
Angi Waldrop is unique in that she sings Christian Blues. She has the raspy type of voice that you would expect in a nightclub in Chicago or Memphis. Angi wrote the lyrics to the two songs that she sang at Exalt.
Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.
We always pray that those in the audience who do not have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior will come to know Him through the heartfelt passion and emotion of the vocalists. We’re delighted to be able to say that several audience members have turned their lives over to Christ at the end of Exalt! This year was no exception.
Eight audience members were so moved by the joy and glory of the Lord they experienced that they gave their lives to Jesus at the end of Exalt! 2014 PRAISE GOD!
This year’s winner, Lawson Galloway, will be featured on TBS (Trinity Broadcast Network) where he will sing and be interviewed on television! The top 3 were awarded the opportunity to cut their own mini-CD, courtesy of God’s Gang Records and All Things Possible Ministries.
Special Performances this year included:
Voices of Carolina - Children’s homeschool choir of 35 based in Rock Hill, SC and led by Kendra Husband.
Chalanda Frazier & Company – Along with Valerie Kasmir (owner of Lessons on the Lake), and 3 of her students, this group sang a song written by Chalanda called “Exalt the Lord.”
United Praise Dancers – These ladies from Statesville, NC are with Christian Outreach of the Piedmont, Inc. They surprised and delighted the audience with their transformation from old wobbly church ladies, to upbeat and lively praise dancers.
Judges for Exalt! 2014
Preliminary Auditions : Tarsha Hamilton (singer, songwriter, activist)
Preliminary and Grand Finale: Cindy Kessler (singer, songwriter, speaker)
Preliminary and Grand Finale: Cassandra O’Neal (worship leader, singer, songwriter)
Preliminary Auditions: Marcus Dilley (worship leader, singer, musician)
Preliminary Auditions: Keith Dudley (singer, songwriter, musician)
Grand Finale: Cassandra O’Neal (keyboardist, vocalist) – yes there are two Cassandra’s
Grand Finale: Jim Kirkland (Director of Radio for 106.9)
Bishop Carl Weeden: Host of the “Praise the Lord” show on Trinity Broadcast Network
PAST WINNERS OF EXALT! – Where are they now?
Regina Jackson, Exalt! 2013, was offered a position as the Worship Leader at a church in New Jersey. She’s very happy there. Regina was also recently offered the opportunity to be featured on the Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN). The show she will be taping is hosted by Bishop Carl Weeden.
Leslie Beaver, Exalt! 2012. Soon after Exalt! 2012 Leslie was offered a recording contract from a company out of Texas. She has multiple CD’s on the market. Leslie is also now engaged to be married.
Bridge, a trio from Exalt 2011, is still singing beautiful harmonies together.
Nicole Broome, Exalt! 2010, has her own CD out and continues to sing and play keyboard at various local events.
“Then I will praise God’s name with singing
and I will honor Him with Thanksgiving”
We congratulate all of our previous contestants as they continue to pursue their dreams and use their God-given talents for His glory. Whether they currently sing on stage or in the shower, we know that the Lord is blessed.