If you are near Maryville, TN… next weekend Feb.28th, come out to William Blount High School & support me in the Rising Star of Tennessee 2009 contest. I was chosen as one of the 15 Semi-Finalist to compete. The admission is $10 for adults & $5 for children 3-11. The Adult competition starts @ 7PM. Audience votes are important & count as 50% the judging. Hope to get to meet some of you there. PLEASE let me know if you can make it so that I can make a point to meet up with you. Below is the link to the newspaper article that was in the Maryville, TN online news.
Hope some of you will help me out!!
Take Care & Keep In Touch ~Zachary Reps
East Tennessee Dirt: What’s happening in the local music scene
By Steve Wildsmith
of The Daily Times Staff
Originally published: February 19.
Last modified: February 19.
Rising Star names semi-finalists
The first cuts have been made in the 2009 Rising Star of Tennessee vocal contest, sponsored by local charity Patch Ministries. Last week was the deadline to sign up, and the very next day, judges were going through the entries and whittling the numbers down to 15 semi-finalists in two categories.
The 15 semi-finalists in the Youth category include: Olivia Morrell of Knoxville; Elizabeth McMahon of Louisville; Hailey Munier of Dacula, Ga.; Mallory Tucker of Tazewell; Sara Holcomb of Trinity, N.C.; Jordan Davis of Murfreesboro; Chelsea Lawson of Murfreesboro; Elena Roberts of Maryville; Amy Davis of Maryville; Morgan Ray of Walland; Samantha Solomon of Maryville; Ashley Broockman of Maryville; Victoria Smith of Maryville; Lydia Taylor of Seymour; and Kara Betts of Maryville.
Semi-finalists in the Adult category include: Drew Chambers of Connelly Springs, N.C.; Nicole Rapisardi of Advance, N.C.; Diana Pelham of McMinnville; Kevin Whitfield of Jefferson, Ga.; Kayla Parton-Peterman of Sevierville; Corrie Olson of Loudon; Elizabeth Buttram of Lafollette; Ryan Bumgarner of Boone, N.C.; Dustin Greene of Bean Station; Sandra Porter of Knoxville; Gary Bluemel of Loudon; Zachary Perkins of Petersburg, Va.; Perry Bonck of Loudon; Aaron Adkisson of Harriman; and Laura Bloomfield of Maryville.
If you log onto PatchMinistries.org, you’ll acfind links to listen to the contestants’ songs. The semifinals, which are open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the William Blount High School Auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-11, and audience members will be able to take part in the voting process.
Each voting member of the audience must choose three semifinalists, and points are distributed evenly — 50 percent of the votes come from the audience, and 50 percent from the judges. The five top vote-getters during the semifinals will move on to the final round of competition at 7 p.m. March 7 in the same location.
Judges rank the competitors based on tone, pitch, timing, phrasing, diction, expression and overall performance. Some of the prizes in store for the winner include studio time with a producer, a professional photography session, sessions with a Nashville vocal coach and more.
This will be the third year that Patch, started in 2003 as an alternative to Habitat for Humanity, has put on the contest, which features singers competing before a live audience and a panel of judges for a prize package worth several thousand dollars. Shelia Hale-Bledsoe, chairwoman of the vocal competition, was brought on board in late 2006 to head up the event, which raised $2,500 in its first year and $6,500 last year. This year’s goal, she told The Daily Times, is $10,000. All proceeds, Hale-Bledsoe said, go to benefit the mission of Patch Ministries, which identifies people living in substandard housing in Blount County, evaluates their specific housing deficiencies and coordinates the resources to address them, according to the organization’s Web site.