Final week for local singers to enter Kitchener radio station’s “Shining Star” contest

The call for contestants in Faith FM’s Shining Star 2012 Christian Vocal Talent Search will end at midnight on Thursday March 1.

Faith 94.3 FM in Kitchener runs this event every two years. It;s an exciting opportunity for talented singers to advance their skills and potentially win the title of Shining Star 2012, the station said in a release.

Every person who enters will have a chance to perform at preliminary contests in front of an audience and experienced judges who will evaluate on a number of criteria. Some of those preliminaries could be held in Wilmot or Wellesley, if there are enough entrants from the townships, said Barbara Dowling, Account Manager at Faith FM.

The preliminaries, open to the public, are the evenings of March 23 to 25 and April 13 to 15. They will be held at various churches in our community. Semi-Finals run the weekend of April 13.

“I saw the Shining Star competition as an opportunity and I figured I had nothing to lose! It’s amazing how God has worked through this,” said Dana Marie Hoekstra, the Shining Star 2009 winner. Hoekstra has gone on to become a Canadian gospel recording artist and a 2011 GMA Canada Award Nominee.

The Shining Star finals will be held this year at Calvary Pentecostal Assembly in Cambridge on May 12.

This year, the grand prize package is valued at over $20,000 and consists of a professional recording session at Revelation Sound in Guelph for a full album with a completed CD, along with promotion and marketing expertise that includes professional photography, video, and the launching a website.

Tickets for the final will go on sale in April. The finals usually see an average attendance of 1,000 each year.

“A key component of our mission statement is to encourage, support and promote the development of Canadian Christian talent. We have a terrific opportunity to do that again this year with the amazing prize package!” says Dowling.

For more details contact Barbara Dowling at 519-575-9090 ext. 30,, or visit


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