Lifest 2009, along with other major festivals in the nationwide Christian Festival Association, participated in a national talent search competition for the second year in a row. Twenty- four (24) finalists were selected to perform and compete at Lifest 2009, held July 8-12 in Oshkosh, WI. The competitions were conducted online initially, and ended at Lifest in a live competition among the finalists. Twenty (20) artists were chosen by online voting and four (4) artists were chosen by Life! Promotions to compete live at Lifest.

Raw Dawg Madd Judge, a hip hop duo hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is this year’s Grand Prize Winner of Lifest 2009’s Talent Search Competition. Antoine “Raw Dawg” Wilson and Romon “Madd Judge” Phillips beat out 23 other talented bands in an American Idol-type competition that featured demanding judges, honest critiques, and energetic performances from all the participants.

The two rappers drove the 14 hour trek to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for Lifest, an annual Christian music festival that takes place at the Sunnyview Expo Center. Considered to be one of the largest festivals of its kind, Lifest is a five-day festival that features a host of speakers and a multitude of Christian artists representing various genres from rock and alternative to contemporary Christian, hip hop and everything in between on several stages. Performers for this year included TobyMac, Pillar, Group 1 Crew, Kutless, Skillet, Third Day, David Crowder, Red, Jeremy Camp and many others.

Raw Dawg Madd Judge will represent Lifest at the national finals in Nashville, Tennessee, in September, where they will compete against winners from other Christian festivals throughout the US. The winner of the national finals will receive a recording development contract with Word Records. Life Promotions and its staff would like to congratulate Raw Dawg Madd Judge on their win and wish them luck in Nashville in September