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Tony LaRussa
| Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

Michael Joseph

Residence: Washington, Washington County

Age: 27

Family: Single

Occupation: Musician

Background: Performs his Christian-oriented music, which is blend of hip-hop, pop and dance, throughout the U.S.

Education: Bachelor's degree in religious education from the International Seminary in Plymouth, Fla.

Noteworthy: Recently nominated for two Momentum Awards by IndieHeaven, a Christian independent artist organization. He was nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year and Urban Gospel Artist of the Year categories. The awards will be presented at the organization's conference in March in Nashville, Tenn.

Quote: "It's important to recognize and applaud the efforts made in recent years by independent artists," said Keith Mohr, founder and director of IndieHeaven. "By providing them the recognition they have earned, we hope to increase their platform and awareness. There are many independent artists who are doing an incredible job with their music and, most importantly, their mission."

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