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August 7, 2009

New York, NY (August 5, 2009) – New artist and Winner of the 2008 GOSPEL DREAM competition, MELINDA WATTS is literally living her dream. Her debut CD, PEOPLE GET READY, is a bona-fide hit record charting all the way to a TOP TWENTY debut on this week on Billboard’s Top Gospel Chart.

Coming in at Number 17 on the music magazine’s Gospel chart, PEOPLE GET READY marks a fantastic 1st week overall scan for Watts. Watts also landed at #29 on New Artist chart and # 59 on the Current Christian Chart.

This successful first week was supported by a both critical and consumer acclaim. Watts celebrated her release at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, last week with several promotional events, live performances and TV appearances.

The week was book-ended with two live TV performances on Fox 19 in Cincinnati and on Fox Good Day Atlanta. Continuing to make appearances, Watts will continue her promotional tour which will take her to Washington DC, Dallas, Houston and Detroit. She will cap off the month with two outdoor concerts in the New York area for WLIB and WBLS. For more information on Melinda’s appearances fans can check out her MySpace and Facebook pages.

Here’s what media has to say:
“Melinda Watts has done the impossible … And I love it!”

“Melinda Watts had demonstrated a captivating stage presence and an expressive voice that she puts to good use on her new album … proves that she’s got a style that is uniquely her own.” -Billboard

“Watts lays her powerhouse vocals on each track displaying every note of talent.” -Virginian Pilot

“Watts … feels like an inspirational waltz” -EURWeb

Melinda won Gospel Music Channel’s talent competition show, GOSPEL DREAM, last year over thousands of contestants. Her freshman release, PEOPLE GET READY is a bright and dynamic album that showcases her vibrant vocals along with strong production. The celebratory first single, “So Good,” has already made waves at Gospel radio and is upbeat pop track that absolutely defies you to get up and dance. Other highlights include the explosive, dance-friendly tracks of “Say Yes,” and “Happy” to intimate worship songs like “Available To You,” a duet with J. Moss, and her wonderful rendition of the Vanessa Bell Armstrong classic, “Faith That Conquers.”

PEOPLE GET READY is available everywhere on Razor & Tie. Melinda Watts is managed by Mitchell Solarek of Maximum Artist Management.

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