Devozine Announces SoulTunes Contest

March 07, 2007

The Upper Room Ministries’ magazine for youth and young adults, devozine, has announced a SoulTunes Contest, a competition for youth bands and songwriters. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2007.


Devozine knows that music is a huge part of youth culture today. And music is often the medium that young people use to express and to celebrate their faith,” says Editor Sandy Miller.


“Because devozine is devoted to God + devoted to prayer + devoted to youth,” we are calling youth bands, vocalists, and songwriters to write and record an original song that expresses their devotion to God,” she said.

The winners will perform the winning song “live” at Youth 2007 in Greensboro, N.C.


Youth 2007 is a huge youth event sponsored by GBOD, an agency of The United Methodist Church.


More than 10,000 youth and youth workers are expected to attend the gathering July 11-15, 2007 at the Greensboro Convention Center.


Youth bands and performers ages 13-19 may enter the contest online (mp3 format only) at <>  or may send their song on a CD, along with entry info to: devozine SoulTunes Contest, 1908 Grand Ave., P.O. Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37212). Entries in either format must be received by midnight, Central Standard Time, March 31, 2007.


This contest is the first of many to follow devozine’s recent makeover. Still a bi-monthly magazine, devozine now has 80 pages packed with lots of new features to help young people dig deeper in faith.


Just as devozine gives youth a place to express their joys and struggles in print, the SoulTunes Contest will offer youth a voice of a different kind!


All entries submitted for the SoulTunes Contest should adhere to the following guidelines (also available at <> ).


BE DEVOTED. Songs should express personal devotion to God, spiritual experiences, and passion for living an authentic Christian life. Sponsors are looking for a song that is creative, connects to the theme, and expresses a real faith.

BE ORIGINAL. Music and lyrics must be original. Avoid an overuse of sampling, which can cause copyright and legal problems. Be sure all members of the band are willing to allow the song to be played on the devozine website.

BE CREATIVE. Submit your best work. You don’t have to spend money on a fancy recording session; just hitch a mic to your iPod. Include a copy of the lyrics along with your recording; and be sure to include with your submission the name of the song and the name of all the musicians performing the song, plus your name, phone number, and email address.

BE THERE. Songs must be received by March 31, 2007. You may submit your song online (mp3 format only) or send a CD by snail mail (to devozine SoulTunes Contest, 1908 Grand Ave., P.O. Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37212); but either format must be received by midnight, Central Standard Time, March 31, 2007.

This is a contest for youth bands and performers ages 13-19. Multiple submissions from the same band are OK, but please submit each song only once. The winning song will remain under the copyright of the composer(s), but winners must sign a release allowing devozine and Upper Room Ministries to use the words, the music, and the name and likeness of the artist(s)/songwriter(s) in devozine, on Upper Room websites, and in other promotional materials.

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The General Board of Discipleship’s mission is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, The General Board of Discipleship is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, call the Media Relations Office toll free at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 7017.