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INSP Kicks Off Entry Period for Christian Talent Search Contest; Grand Prize Winner to Receive National Recording Contract

Contact: Kristina Hill, The Inspiration Network, 704-561-7866, khill@insp.com 


CHARLOTTE, Feb. 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- INSP -- The Inspiration Network announced today that it is accepting entries for season six of its top-rated Christian Artist Talent Search (C.A.T.S.) series. The premier platform for discovering Christian talent, C.A.T.S. brings together 32 finalists from across the country to perform on national television and the opportunity to land a national recording contract with Infinity Music Distribution and Whiplash Records.


"We continue to be blown away by the extraordinary talent on display year after year on C.A.T.S.," said Ron Shuping, Executive Vice President of Programming, The Inspiration Networks. "We're confident that in the sixth season, we will continue to see the best Christian talent the country has to offer. C.A.T.S gives them the perfect platform to showcase their gifts and talents."


Shuping also said that entries from all categories of Christian music will be accepted. "Our primary objective is for C.A.T.S. to represent the vast array of musical styles in Christian music. We invite submissions from all genres, including Gospel, Contemporary, Southern Gospel, Rock, and Rap/Hip Hop."


Entries will be accepted from soloists and groups from now until April 16, 2007. To qualify, contestants must submit a CD or audiocassette with two Christian songs, two copies of a recent photo, and two copies of their biography. All entrants must be 15 years of age or older by April 16, 2007.


Finalists will participate in televised performances that will be produced at INSP's studios in Charlotte, NC. The sixth season of C.A.T.S. will begin airing in January 2008. Music industry professionals and celebrity judges from the Christian entertainment community will judge the performances and select a winner from the 32 finalists.


Contestants can visit www.insp.com to sign up and view rules and regulations for the competition. Additional information is also available by calling 704.561.7955.


Season five of C.A.T.S. is currently airing during INSP's "INSP Saturday Night!" lineup. Viewers can check their local cable television listings for more information. C.A.T.S. can also be viewed "on demand" on the premier broadband portal for the inspirational community, Inspiration.net (www.inspiration.net).


David Cerullo is the Executive Producer of C.A.T.S. Ron Shuping is the Co-Executive Producer. Fred Shaheen is the Senior Producer.


The Inspiration Networks includes three cable TV networks: INSP - The Inspiration Network; Inspirational Life Television (i-Lifetv); and Inspiration Network International (INI). INSP is carried on more than 2,500 U.S. cable systems serving 22 million households. i-Lifetv is an inspirational lifestyles network that currently reaches over 10 million U.S. digital cable subscribers. INI serves over 55 million satellite and cable TV households in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. INI features original and exclusive programs for children, teens and the international family along with a unique blend of U.S. and European ministry programmers. In addition to these three channels, The Inspiration Networks operates a number of new media franchises including "Inspiration.net," the premiere broadband portal for the inspirational market, with an award-winning array of exclusive on-demand programs for teens, kids, and adults; "Inspiration Video on Demand," the first inspirational platform for cable television VOD delivery; "Inspiration Global," providing broadband video content in the four major trade languages – French, Italian, German, and Spanish; and "Inspiration Mobile," capable of simultaneously delivering daily inspirational messages to millions of cell phone users nationwide.