PRLog - March 20, 2014 - Stephen B. Steward, festival co-founder, and long time Altadena residents, Leroy and Anna Toliver, founders of LOV Olive Branches, CDC will host the inaugural SBS Youth Music Festival Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the historic landmark Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California, with Assemblymember Chris Holden to serve as Honorary Host of this noteworthy event. Imani Hakim, best known for her role as Tonya Rock on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, as well as portraying Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas in The Gabby Douglas Story will serve as the Mistress of Ceremony.
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Musical Performances include: DJ Kiss, We R Remix, Malachi Cohen, Carlon Jeffery, and Na’Tasha May. Special Celebrity Presenters include: Amber Montana and Asia’h Epperson.
“We want to help aspiring students to get unprecedented exposure and, in the process, raise money for the youth music program,” said Stephen B. Steward, who’s heading up the event with LOV Olive Branches, CDC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The Music Festival will also include performances by SBS Youth Talent Competition Finalists, who will have opportunity to take their act to the big stage. Students across the U.S. between the ages of 5 – 17 were encouraged to submit a video of their talent to sing, dance, act and/or play a musical instrument.
Celebrity Judges will select the winner in each school category (Elementary, Middle, and High School). Celebrity Judges include actor, producer, director, Obba Babatunde, DawnMarie Ferrara, actress, writer, producer,Arnold Hackett, VP, Alliance and Partnership Management, Xerox, entertainment journalist and pop culture expert Jawn Murray, AlwaysAList, Aundrae Russell, KJLH Radio Personality, Keisha Sapp, Meeting Planning Services / WW Trade Shows Services / Finance, Mattel, Semaje, Curtis Silvers, Area Director, UNCFLos Angeles, Brandon Mychal Smith, pianist, composer, Kevin Toney and Lea Woods, LAUSD. The criteria for judging entries will include originality, stage presence, vocals, performance quality, musicianship and overall likeability. The Grand Prize Winners of the SBS Talent Competition will receive a $1,000 Scholarship. For more information about the Music Festival visit www.stephenbsteward.com or call (626) 298-5624.
About Stephen B. Steward
Stephen B. Steward is an award-winning gospel singer, songwriter, and producer whose contemporary worship stylings have seen him touted as one of the genre’s top rising acts. Readying his debut album ‘Enter Your Gates’ for a Spring 2014 release, kicked off with the Andraé Crouch-assisted ‘With My Whole Heart’, the collaboration with the Grammy winning gospel legend not only landed him a hit on the Billboard Top Gospel Singles Chart, but also helped him nab three 2013 Prayze Factor People’s Choice awards and the grand champion award. The critical acclaim for Stephen B. Steward continues to pour in as he can now celebrate the addition of three 2014 Rhythm of Gospel Award nominations to his decorated resume. The nominations include “Worship/Praise Artist of the Year”, “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year”, and “Songwriter of the Year”.
About LOV Olive Branches CDC
LOV Olive Branches was founded in 1999 by long time Altadena residents, Pastor Emeritus Leroy and Anna Toliver. LOV Olive Branches CDC was established as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2008 and serves the Greater Pasadena area through 4 main programs, Youth Music Education, Mentorship, Life Skills / Financial Literacy, and the Teil Foundation. For More Information, please visit www.lovolivebranchescdc.com