Divine Deciders

The judging panel and hosts of this year’s How Sweet The Sound

Local choirs will compete for the title of “The Best Gospel Choir in America” during Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound, coming to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Saturday, Sept. 15.

The 5th annual celebration of gospel music will feature favorites of the genre, such as hosts Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams.

Flip through to see and learn more about this year's hosts and judging panel. 

Donald Lawrence

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Grammy-winning singer, producer and composer Donald Lawrence has become an influential figure in modern gospel music. 

Yolanda Adams

Since her debut in the late 80s, Yolanda Adams became a prominent and celebrated figure of contemporary gospel and inspirational music.

 Bishop Hezekiah Walker 

Bishop Hezekiah X. Walker is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Churches in Brooklyn, New York and Bensalem, Pennsylvania. 

CeCe Winans

After a career spanning nearly three decades, Detroit native CeCe Winans continues to set the standard for gospel singers and performers. 

Fred Hammond

Another Detroit native, Fred Hammond has practiced his craft for more than 30 years. 

Erica Campbell

As one half of Mary Mary, Erica Campbell has earned multiple awards and praise for her work.

Vashawn Mitchell

After topping the charts last year with his hit song "Nobody Greater," Mitchell's star continues to rise.  

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