Pledge for Life Gospel Idol contest

THE WINNERS—From left: first place and people’s choice winner Janina Simone, third place winner Jimyse Brown and second place winner Keith Claiborne. (Photos by J. L. Martello)
THE WINNERS—From left: first place and people’s choice winner Janina Simone, third place winner Jimyse Brown and second place winner Keith Claiborne. (Photos by J. L. Martello)

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education and its Pittsburgh Multicultural Volunteer Task Force presented Pledge for Life Gospel Idol, a singing competition that features performances in the following categories: gospel singing, Christian rap, mime, spoken word and liturgical dance, on July 25 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Bishop Loran Mann of Pentecostal Temple Church, in East Liberty, served as  the Master of Ceremonies. The event was held in celebration of National Minority Organ Donor Awareness Week, Aug. 1-8.

JANINA SIMONE Contestant
JANINA SIMONE
Contestant

After combing through a number of ssubmissions, the top 10 finalists performs live at the event, where first, second, third place winners were selected by a panel of judges.

DAVION TRAYLOR Contestant
DAVION TRAYLOR
Contestant
KEITH CLAIBORNE Contestant
KEITH CLAIBORNE
Contestant
AARON CROUCH Contestant
AARON CROUCH
Contestant
ALISHA MURRAY Contestant
ALISHA MURRAY
Contestant
ANGELIQUE STROTHERS Contestant
ANGELIQUE STROTHERS
Contestant
GESSYE GINELLE SAFOU-MAT  Contestant
GESSYE GINELLE SAFOU-MAT
Contestant
KELLY ROUSE Contestant
KELLY ROUSE
Contestant
CORINTHIA RIGGS  Contestant
CORINTHIA RIGGS
Contestant
WELCOME—Lisa Strothers Upsher, MOTTEP program director and multicultural and faith based community outreach coordinator
WELCOME—Lisa Strothers Upsher, MOTTEP program director and multicultural and faith based community outreach coordinator

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