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New York (NY) – The word on the street is that without question, the Kingdom Choice Awards is the official Christian Hip Hop/Urban Gospel music award show in the country!
The event started in the Kumble Theater lobby for KCA press party at 5:30pm. You could feel the excitement climaxing as artists, patrons and media personel started to fill the lobby. Arnold Soshkin Photography was busy on the red carpet photoshoot while various artist interviews were being conducted around the lobby.

By the time 2012 honoree Pettidee entered the lobby with artists Brinson,TransparentGauge and others, the excitement was on 10!

By 7:10pm the lobby was quickly cleared by KTE staff and patrons proceeded to take their seats in the theater.

Tina Dixon of WHCR 90.3fm greeted the KCA crowd with an exciting and humorous welcome and proceeded to introduce the 2012 host,the legendaryCorey Red. The theater lights went out and everything was in darkness. Then the big screen lit up with a flashing KCA logo followed by an explosive video introduction. The legend then walked on stage to a very excited and cheering crowd.

Corey Red

Red greeted the crowd with some funny humor and proceeded to get on with the show. The show started with a energy filled performance by 2012 nomineeKiesha Dreams. This was followed by the first presentation of the 15 KCA categories which were presented in true award show style.

Kiesha Dreams

This was followed by a captivating performance by New Orleans singer Govenor Reiss and other great performances by Datin (Jersey),Transparent (Cali), Big Al (Louisianna)  and C.H.RI.S and Co Campbell (NY).

Govenor Reiss performance>>>

The C.H.R.I.S and Co’s performance was definitely one of the highlights of the night. Within the first 30 seconds of their set, the music shut off due to an abrupt system malfunction on the DJ’s system. Instead of waiting for the DJ’s system to reload, C.H.R.I.S went straight acapella and shut the place down!

Watch performance here>>>

A special moment was when 2012 KCA honoree Pettidee was honored with “Kingdom General Award“. Petty was clearly touched by the honor and shared his heart in a way that we have never seen before.

2012 honoree Pettidee
Watch speech and performance here>>>

The night continued with more awesome performances by Jacksonville’s own,Brinson also Sean C. Johnson (Okla) and a neck breaking performance byGideonz Army (ATL).

I don’t think anyone will forget the “New York State of Rhymes” cypher performance. This was a special set by a coalition of New York City and New Jersey artists featuring SeDaGaugeSlave Da 9th Inning,Malakai The TruthDaarinah and Pryzna. It was definitely hot.

Watch NYC cypeher here>>>

As the night begun to draw to a close, Andy Mineo of Reach Records hit the stage and absolutely ripped it! He set it off with “Hands High” and “Goodbye” before bringing out Swoope to perform the hit single “Fools Gold“.  He closed out the set with the NYC anthem “In My City” and he had the whole crowd rocking with him all the way.

Watch performance here>>>

As Corey Red came on stage to introduce the final act, loyal fans beckoned for him to spit at least a 16. Red surrendered to the calls and delivered a acapella that reminded us all why he is legend.

Watch Corey Red Acapella>>>

Finally the closing act was introduced and Desiree Renee walked on to the spot lit stage and delivered a spoken word piece titled “Kill The Rats”. If anybody had developed an ego during the night or the spirit of pride was lurking around, everything was put into perspective at this moment. As she adressed the condition of man’s hearts and the lack of focus on the “Great Commission” you couldn’t help feeling her prophetic conviction. The line that will be remembered most is “You may think you’re a star, but what you really are is a star spelt backwards”.

Desiree Renee

After Desiree Renee left the stage to a standing ovation, the KCA founder and visionary Marcus Hall, walked out on the stage and directed all the praise to God. Mr Hall thanked everybody for their support and gave a special thank you to all of the artists who travelled to New York City for the 2012 KCA’s. Marcus closed the event with a heart felt prayer and the 2012 KCA’s ended with a corporate and resounding Amen!.

Marcus Hall

The 4th Annual Kingdom Choice Awards was a memorable night and this one officially stamped the KCA’s as the official award show for Christian Hip Hop and Urban Gospel. In the words of Marcus Hall himself “The Kingdom Choice Awards hasn’t just given Christian Hip Hop and Urban Gospel a piece of its stage, the KCA’s belongs to Christian Hip Hop and Urban Gospel”.

2012 KCA Winners:

  • Male Rap – Swoope
  • Female Rap – Keisha Dreams
  • Rap Single – Fools Gold by Andy Mineo
  • Hip Hop Mixtape – We Own The Night by Selah & Church Clothes by Lecrae
  • Male Singer – Sean C. Johnson
  • Female Singer – V.Rose
  • Reggae Gospel – DJ Nicholas
  • Hip Hop Lyricist – Mouthpi3ce
  • Music Video – Job Description -Mali Music
  • DJ – DJ Wade-O
  • Rap Group – Gideonz Army
  • Producer – Wit
  • Hip Hop Album – Wake Up by Swoope
  • Urban Singer Album – Surrender All by Sean C.Johnson
  • Christian Hip Hop Website (Peoples Public Vote) – WestCoast Fiya

Congratulations to all of the 2012 KCA nominees and winners. Keep reppin the Kingdom!

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