EDITORS’ PICK—Best High-Wattage Gospel Voice

Melinda Watts

Fair Oaks resident Melinda Watts emerged the winner of the Gospel Music Channel’s 2008 “Gospel Dream” talent-search show by delivering straightforward, emotion-steeped inspirational vocals. The 29-year-old former high school teacher and current director of two foundations for young girls released her first CD, People Get Ready, this past summer. The recording features her uplifting single “So Good.”