2014 Youth Talent Competition

MEDIA CONTACTStephenBStewardlogo:  Sheila Gilmore  818.430.2182 | sheila@lovolivebranchescdc.com

For Immediate Release: Los Angeles, CA (December 2, 2013)


SBS Youth Music Festival Comes To Pasadena – Proceeds To Benefit Local Non-Profit – LOV Olive Branches, CDC

Los Angeles, December 2, 2013 – Stephen B. Steward, festival co-founder, and long time Altadena residents, Leroy and Anna Toliver, founders of LOV Olive Branches, CDC announced an open call for talent in Pasadena for the SBS Youth Talent Competition.  Talent video submissions are now being accepted through January 24, 2014 online: www.stephenbsteward.com/competition.

“We want to help aspiring students to get unprecedented exposure and, in the process, raise money,” said Stephen B. Steward, who’s heading up the event with LOV Olive Branches, CDC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  SBS Talent Competition is a contest that gives up-and-coming performers a chance to take their act to the big stage at the SBS Youth Music Festival.  Students across the U.S. between the ages of 5 – 17 are encouraged to submit a video of their talent to sing, dance, act and or play a musical instrument.

Contestant hopefuls will vie the public coveted vote.  The voting window will be open between January 25, 2014 – February 26, 2014.  Celebrity Judges will select their top finalists who will perform at the SBS Youth Music Festival, Saturday, April 12, 2014. Celebrity Judges include actor, producer, director, Obba Babatunde and pianist, composer, Kevin Toney.  The criteria for judging entries will include originality, stage presence, vocals, performance quality, musicianship and overall likeability.  The Grand Prize Winners of SBS Talent Competition will receive $1,000 Scholarships.

The contest winners will be announced on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the conclusion of the SBS Youth Music Festival.  The festival will be held at the historic landmark, Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  For more information about the Music Festival visit www.stephenbsteward.com.

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 Peoples 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”. The online voting system is open to voters from November 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014. You can cast your votes for Stephen B. Steward in categories 21, 31, and 35 at http://www.therhythmofgospelawards.com/VOTING.html

About LOV Olive Branches CDC

LOV Olive Branches was founded in 1999 by long time Altadena residents, Pastor Emeritus Leroy and Anna Toliver.   Although retired, both have been foster parents for more than 15 years.  On this journey their mission has been to graft in and give life to as many broken branches (children and families) as possible.  In 2008, LOV Olive Branches CDC was established as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and now 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 or call (626) 298-5624.