Cleveland gospel singer Geoffrey D. Golden is champion on BET’s ‘Sunday Best’

Northeast Ohio has a reality champion. Cleveland Heights High School graduate Geoffrey D. Golden sang his way to victory on the seventh edition of the BET reality show “Sunday Best.”

The gospel singing competition series concluded its season Sunday.

The season began in early July with 20 contestants. Golden and Candace Benson of Philadelphia were the two finalists. The final episode featured performances by Bishop Hezekiah Walker, actress-singer Tamela Mann and “Sunday Best” judge Yolanda Adams.

Golden, 20, was selected for this season’s field of 20 contestants after wowing the judges with a 30-second rendition of the traditional gospel song “I Will Trust in the Lord.” Week after week, he as wowed the judges as 18 other contestants have been sent home.

The BET profile of Golden says: “Geoffrey, a junior at Morehouse College has an extensive musical past. He is a 2012 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School and served as the student director and lead vocalist of the Cleveland Heights High Gospel Choir as well as student director of the Acapella Choir and a member of the All-State Choir. Geoffrey is the National Praise and Worship Leader for the Churches of Christ (Hol.) USA. He is a member of the Greater Cleveland Choral Chapter of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (NCGCC) and sits on the Board of Directors of the NCGCC.”

Golden also is a songwriter, musician, director and orator. He is a member of the Glenville Church of Christ Holliness USA, where his father, Kevin D. Golden, is the pastor.

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