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Published: 8/13/2009

SESAC's Holly Starr Wins at Gospel Music Association National Talent Competition in Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – August 10, 2009 – Quincy, Wash. resident Holly Starr was among several aspiring artists and songwriters celebrated by music industry executives and leaders after winning honors at the GMA Artist and Song of 2009 National Competition held last week in Nashville during GMA IMMERSE (www.experienceimmerse.com), the Christian music industry’s premier training experience and talent competition.

Holly Starr

The GMA Academy Artist & Song of 2009 National Competition is the Christian and gospel music community’s premier talent competition for unsigned artists and songwriters that has in recent years seen entrants like Chris Tomlin, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman, BarlowGirl and American Idol 2007 winner Jordin Sparks go on to successful music careers.  Fellow American Idol finalist and another former GMA competition winner Chris Sligh hosted this year’s competition finals.  (To watch the Artist Finals which was broadcast live at GodBeat.com, visit http://godbeat.com/godbeat-news/live-broadcast-of-immerse-finals.)

Hundreds of artist and songwriting contestants from all over the United States and Canada competed for grand prizes which included a record development deal with Centricity Music, a “Disney Best of Show” award and performance slot at Night of Joy at Walt Disney World and a Compassion International ministry trip.  Also at stake were GMA’s grand prize titles for Artist and Song 2009 and American Bible Society’s ABS Scripture Song Awards which offered a chance for the winning songs produced by a major Christian music recording label.

Holly Starr, from Quincy, Wash., was recognized for the ministry emphasis of her music by Compassion International (www.compassion.com), a Christian child advocacy organization which helps more than one million children in 24 countries.  Compassion named her their recipient of the Music & Ministry Experience, an all-expense paid ministry trip to a Compassion International destination.