Atlanta, GA (May 16, 2019)
Six Gospel artists had the chance of a lifetime to perform before Bishop T.D. Jakes and Pastor Marquis Boone on their competition reality show The Gospel. Yolanda DeBerry (stage name Yoli) was declared the winner of the competition show, and was rewarded a national management contract with T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds and Marquis Boone Music Group.

Hailing from Jamaica Queens, NY, Yoli comes from a family of musicians. She found her passion for Gospel music when she joined her church’s music ministry as a little girl. On the show, she spent 8 weeks training and developing as an artist. Ultimately, she took home the win and will be on her way to being the next big thing in Gospel music!

“Yoli is that talent that has been groomed in the shadows and comes to the for front ready. She is that talent that you waited for, that talent that allows her life experiences to fuel her gift of singing. I’m excited to work with her,” says Marquis Boone of the Marquis Boone Music Group.

The Gospel chronicled eight episodes as contestants competed for a national management contract with T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds and Marquis Boone Music Group. The first of its kind for Gospel music, Yoli was announced as the winner of this Christian music competition at Bishop T.D. Jakes International Pastors & Leadership Conference in Tampa Bay on April 27. The show was executive produced by T.D. Jakes and Marquis Boone and hosted by Darlene McCoy. Contestants were discovered via video recordings submitted on social media and through the Bishop’s Village platform. Mentors, including Micah Stampley, Jekalyn Carr, Q Parker, Devyne Stephens and more, helped mold them into polished performers. Not only did the artists have the opportunity to discover their stardom, but they also experienced the hustle and drive that is necessary to rise in the entertainment industry. Each week, viewers subscribed to Bishop’s Village were able to vote and select the winner of the artists’ weekly challenge.

Bishop T.D. Jakes & Marquis Boone are excited to work with Yoli and believe the viewers made a great choice. “We are ready to get in the studio and start crafting something amazing to present to the world,” says Marquis Boone.

If you missed the series you can watch it exclusively on T.D. Jakes’ online streaming platform with behind the scene videos, messages and content. Visit:

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Ross Cluver
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Ross Cluver is a 30 year Christian music veteran who has been with CCM Magazine since 1994. He is currently Associate Publisher at Salem Publishing & Managing Editor of CCM. Before coming to CCM, Ross managed the Harvest Rock Syndicate alternative Christian music magazine and also worked in concert promotion, artist management and radio. Send your industry news and press releases to Ross at:

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