Gospel Recording Artist Sara Renner took the First Place title in the nationally recognized 19th Annual Music Tournament. Hosted by Club 3 Degrees, a premier Christian club located in downtown Minneapolis (MN), the tournament draws bands from across the Midwest vying for the title. Past winners include some well-known names: PFR, Casting Pearls, Ace Troubleshooter, Philmore, Mainstay, Children 18:3, Clear, Charity and Big Fat Jam. Over 80 bands/artists entered this year's competition, and 14 finalists competed this past weekend in a two-night event judged by an all-star panel from the Christian Music Industry.
This year's finals judges included: Jim Worthen (V.P. - Tooth & Nail, BEC, Solid State), Ronn Tabb (V.P. of Marketing - Word Records) Darren Tyler (Manager - Platform Management), Guy Mahmarian (President & Band Manager - Vision Van Gogh), Shane Boyd (President - Pure Tracking Radio Promotion), Mark Claassen (Agent - William Morris Agency), Tony Shore (Music Journalist; Marketing & Account Manager - Litho Express), Paris Bennett (American Idol Season 5 Finalist), Jamie Statema (Producer & President - GFK Records), and Tom Jackson (World-renowned Performance Coach).
As the Overall Tournament Winner, Sara took home a prize package valued at $13,875 which includes 40 hours of recording time and preproduction work from Fuzzy Slippers Studios in St. Paul (MN), $1,500 in Graphic Design, Duplication and Packaging services from Vision Van Gogh, an eight week Radio Promotional Package from Pure Tracking, a Custom Snare Drum from Risen Drums and many other great prizes.