Angela Wills of Minden is rising to the top of GMC's (Gospel Music Channel) Most Powerful Voices (MPV) contest and in doing so is raising funds for The Power to End Stroke.
The contest, which began in October, has culled hundreds of vocal artists.
"It feels great to have made it this far," Wills said. "For that I have my friends, family, fans and God to thank.
"I am a simple singer/songwriter," she continued. "It is my desire to share songs that encourage and inspire those that may be feeling down. I thank God for all of the things He has done and is doing in my life."
According to GMC's contest website, winners are voted in by Internet users who rank contestants on a scale of one to five.
Now in the final round of the contest, Wills and 39 other contestants have had their vote counters reset to zero.
"The contest ends April 17, so any support and votes I can get from my hometown would be very appreciated," Wills said.
Judges will review the top 10 contestants with the most votes and announce a final winner on May 20.
Wills said that while winning the Most Powerful Voices contest would be great, she also feels good knowing her participation is supporting a good cause.
"This contest raises awareness and support of heart and stroke issues," she said. "When people register to vote, they are given an opportunity to learn more about the Power to End Stroke campaign."
Sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, the Power to End Stroke campaign aims to embrace and celebrate the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of African-Americans, while helping them to reduce stroke risks.
To vote in the contest or for more information about it or GMC, visit watchgmctv.com.
For more information about the Power to End Stroke campaign, visit powertoendstroke.org.