Nashville Hopefuls Compete

By: Michael Wooten Email
By: Michael Wooten Email

Last week, country fans from across the region packed into the Lawrence County Fairgrounds to see Kellie Pickler perform, but she wasn't the only act at the grandstand.

Ten local acts took to the same stage hoping to have the same success as the night's headliner.

Before Kellie Pickler wowed the crowd at the Lawrence County Fair, local stars following in her red-high-heeled footsteps took to the same stage.

“This is my home crowd. If I’m going to perform in front of anybody, it's going to be here, so the nerves are already there, but I’m more comfortable here today than I even have been," Bridget Reynolds from Kitts Hill said.

This isn't the first time Lawrence County native Bridget Reynolds has performed at the Colegate Country Showdown. The college student is hoping the 4th time's the charm.

"Singing is what I love to do on the side. If I ever have an opportunity, it's what I want to do full time," Reynolds said.

"Everybody that ever goes up and sings in a microphone or picks up a guitar has a dream of making it in Nashville, I think, at some point." Lee Sammons from Louisa said.

April Dawn of Ironton has been singing in church since she was 16 months old. She and the others understand the country music industry is tough to break into.

"I'm just trying to do everything I can to make it; just whatever I got to do. If it's this or something else," April Dawn of Ironton said.

16-year-old Coal Grove High student Katie Owens was the youngest in this competition, but her dedication to training is proof positive she has the drive to sing her way to Nashville.

"I wan to be a country music star. I do, I really want to make it one day, and I hope I will laugh," Katie Owens of Coal Grove said.

As the judges looked on it was clear only one act would make it to the state competition and the winner certainly put in his time. Shawn Cabell has been in this competition for five years.

"This year I was determined I was going to win it. I got my band and stuff together, and we practiced hours after hours after hours and if feels good. It’s a rush up there," winner of the competition Shawn Cabell said.

Despite coming in third place Bridget said knowing Kellie Pickler was listening to her perform made it all worthwhile.

The winner, Shawn Cabell and the Miles Apart Band received $500 in cash from the WTCR Colegate Country Showdown.

They now go to the Kentucky State Fair for the next round of this national competition.

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