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The countdown is on for the IMMERSE - the Gospel Music Association's sixth annual conference for developing artists, songwriters and worship leaders. Scheduled for June 22-25, 2014, the 4-day event will be held at the LifeWay Christian Resources corporate headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Made up of classes, concerts, mentoring, competitions and networking events, IMMERSE sets out to equip attendees to take the next step in an environment of excellence and encouragement. Staying true to the Gospel Music Association’s mission to "expose, promote and celebrate the Gospel through music," IMMERSE wants to "inspire creativity, foster community and advance education, while keeping its focus solely on Christ."

Programming for the 2014 event, as always, will include classes and seminars in music business, worship leading, songwriting and artist development, all taught by industry leaders from companies like Capital Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, Word Entertainment, eOne Entertainment, True Artist Management and LifeWay Worship. The successful reVIEWyou program that combines mentoring with a songwriting and performance competition will also return to help shape and scout emerging talent.

The line-up of artists, speakers, coaches and judges is impressive, to say the least.

Artist Line-Up:

Capital Kings
Danny Gokey
Jamie Grace
Jonathan McReynolds
Red Roots
Shelly E. Johnson
Travis Cottrell


Allen Clark
Amy Wolter
Bart Millard from MercyMe
Blaine Barcus (President Label Group/Sony Music)
Brett Manning
Cindy Wilt Colville
Danielle Kimmey
Dara Easterday
Dave Clark
Devon Devries (Creative Manager for Essential Music Publishing / Sony ATV)
E.J. Gaines
Gina Boe
Ian Eskelin
Jackie Patillo (Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association)
James Tealey
Jan Cook
Jeff McClusky
Jennie Riddle
Joel Lindsey
John Thompson (Capitol CMG Music Publishing)
Jonathan Mason
Lang Bliss
Lisa Prisock
Mark Maxwell
Mike Harland
Mike Snider
Mitchell Solarek
Ony Danchimah (CEO of Ony Beauty)
Paul Wright III (360 Music Works)
Rod Riley (CEO of Word Entertainment)
Roger Ryan (After Touch Music)
Sheree Spoltore (Global Songwriters Connection)
Steve Siler
Sue C. Smith
Tim Gerst (Sr. Director of Digital Strategies at HitShop Records)
Timothy Trudeau (CEO of Quality Junk)
Tom Willett
Tony Wood

Coaches & Judges:

Chris Erlanson
Jackie Patillo
Jayme Thompson
Jeff Mathena
Jennie Riddle
Paul Wright III
Stephen Duncan
Sue C. Smith
Tom Jackson