Fresh off her win at Gospel Dream, Melinda Watts is seeing her talent and notoriety bring other opportunities.

Radio stations nationwide are playing "Tis So Sweet,'' one of the songs she performed during the American-Idol-like show, which ended Sunday on Gospel Music Channel.

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According to Alvin Williams, senior director of music at the Atlanta-based station, here's what being talked about for Watts' future: gospel CD release in 2009; concert appearances at churches around the United States; a role in J.D. Lawrence's next play Clean Up Woman; and an opportunity to sing or record with gospel greats such as Byron Cage, William Murphy and Bishop Paul Morton and the Full Gospel Fellowship Mass Choir.

"I'm a big fan of music reality shows like American Idol,'' Williams said earlier this week. "It was Carrie Underwood and Fantasia that really made that show jump out.

"Melinda has really knocked down the door (for Gospel Dream),'' he said. "Anything she sings, it gives you this conviction.''

If all goes well, Baltimore will get its first look at Watts should she sign on with Lawrence. His urban theater play is expected to come through town, Williams said.

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