*The American Heart Association has joined with GMC, formerly the Gospel Music Channel and Music World Gospel to educate people about stroke through an online gospel singing competition.

From now until Valentine’s Day, Most Powerful Voices will host a competition between choirs and artists on behalf of the American Heart Association’s Power to End Stroke campaign. Voters across the country will have the chance to select their favorite artists or choirs among the top 40 choirs and several independent artists.

Each entrant is required to upload a video or MP3 of a recording of one song by Dec. 3. Public votes will move competitors to the next round.

Mathew Knowles, CEO and president of Music World Entertainment is among the judges.

“It is our dream at Music World Entertainment to empower people and bring an uplifting message to the world. The partnerships with Music World Gospel, GMC and the American Heart Association’s ‘Most Powerful Voices’ competition is consistent with our mission,” said Mathew Knowles. “Gospel music is a meaningful and powerful vehicle of expression and inspiration. I am excited and look forward to meeting and hearing these individual artists and talented choirs from across the country.”

The judges will select the top 20 contestants, but the public will choose the ultimate winner.

Winners will receive:

* One song recorded by Music World Gospel for a Most Powerful Voices
compilation CD and a song featured at an online retailer
* A professional coaching session from Music World Gospel artist Brian
Courtney Wilson
* $5,000 worth of music equipment from Roland, manufacturer and distributer
of electronic musical instruments
* $1,000 cash prize from Music World Gospel
* Recognition on GMC’s national television network