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Star of Blue Ridge finalists set

DUBLIN — Five talented contestants have drawn one step closer to becoming the “star” of the Blue Ridge.
Thirteen finalists in the Star of the Blue Ridge singing competition performed at the Fourth of July celebration on the “Back Porch” stage at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin. However, only five of those singers will be moving forward to the final round.
The five finalists include:
•Mindy Anderson of Hillsville. Anderson sang “Because You Loved Me,” which she said reminds her of six important people in her life, including God, her husband and her four sons. She said that if she were to win this competition, it would bring her closer to fulfilling a dream that she has had since she was a teenager and that she would finally be “heard on my daddy’s radio.” After Anderson performed, Melanie Ondich, one of the three judges in the competition, said that she would love to sit and listen to her sing five or six more songs.
•Tony Eads of Pulaski. Eads sang “Live Like You Were Dying,” and said that he chose this song because it reminds him to live for God and give him everything he can, as God has given him the gift of music. Eads said that he has everything he needs in his life, but winning this competition would mean fulfilling a dream he has had his whole life— to record his music and have his own CD. After Eads’ performance, Keith Chinault, another of the trio of judges, commented, “bottom line: you can sing.”
•Sharon Edwards of Dublin. Edwards, also a top three finalist in last year’s competition, sang “I’ll Be There,” and dedicated it to her mother (who she called her “biggest fan”), who was in the hospital after having surgery. Edwards said that she always sings and writes music from the heart and loves making people smile, so winning this competition would be a great opportunity to help her continue doing that. After she sang, Chinault commented that she had a “strong” voice and that her “smile lights up the fairgrounds.”
•Danny Lawson of Allisonia. Lawson, with the accompaniment of his guitar, sang an original song called “Old Virginia,” which he described as a song that “shares who I am.” If he were to win this competition, Lawson said that it would “bring him a few steps closer to his dream” and said that he “lives and breathes music.” After his performance, Chinault commented that Lawson reminded him of Clint Black and Ondich said that he was “exuberant” and got her right into the song.
•Sherry Turbeville of Dublin. Turbeville sang “He’s Alive.” As for winning the competition, she said, “What a dream come true. It would be another chance to get people excited over the message I have to share.” After she performed, Clint Ison, another of the three judges, said, “Oh my goodness, what a voice you have.” Chinault described it as a “moving performance” and commented that her voice was almost “operatic.”

As for the performances overall at the competition that night, Ison commented, “I brought 13 pairs of socks with me, and they’ve all been knocked off my feet!”
The final round of competition will take place on Saturday, July 26 at the NRV Fair, held at the NRV Fairgrounds in Dublin.
The top performer will receive a prize package including: promotion and name recognition surrounding winning the Star of the Blue Ridge contest, the opportunity to perform at the 2009 NRV Fair, artist consulting services from Forrest Fire Entertainment, a total recording package valued at over $4,800 from Mountain Fever Studios (www.mountainfever.com), a professional HD music video from the people who brought you “Hokie Nation,” Horse Archer Productions (www.horsearcherproductions.com), recording a single with Grammy-nominated, GMA award winning, national touring artists Decemberadio, and a song debut on the “Scott Stevens Country Morning Show” on 107.1 PSK.
In addition, the winner will receive $500 in cash and will be given the “Key to the Fair,” allowing themselves and four guests VIP access passes to all of the NRV Fair’s events.

For more information about the contest or the NRV Fair, visit www. nrvfair.com

Star of Blue Ridge finalists set

DUBLIN — Five talented contestants have drawn one step closer to becoming the “star” of the Blue Ridge.
Thirteen finalists in the Star of the Blue Ridge singing competition performed at the Fourth of July celebration on the “Back Porch” stage at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin. However, only five of those singers will be moving forward to the final round.
The five finalists include:
•Mindy Anderson of Hillsville. Anderson sang “Because You Loved Me,” which she said reminds her of six important people in her life, including God, her husband and her four sons. She said that if she were to win this competition, it would bring her closer to fulfilling a dream that she has had since she was a teenager and that she would finally be “heard on my daddy’s radio.” After Anderson performed, Melanie Ondich, one of the three judges in the competition, said that she would love to sit and listen to her sing five or six more songs.
•Tony Eads of Pulaski. Eads sang “Live Like You Were Dying,” and said that he chose this song because it reminds him to live for God and give him everything he can, as God has given him the gift of music. Eads said that he has everything he needs in his life, but winning this competition would mean fulfilling a dream he has had his whole life— to record his music and have his own CD. After Eads’ performance, Keith Chinault, another of the trio of judges, commented, “bottom line: you can sing.”
•Sharon Edwards of Dublin. Edwards, also a top three finalist in last year’s competition, sang “I’ll Be There,” and dedicated it to her mother (who she called her “biggest fan”), who was in the hospital after having surgery. Edwards said that she always sings and writes music from the heart and loves making people smile, so winning this competition would be a great opportunity to help her continue doing that. After she sang, Chinault commented that she had a “strong” voice and that her “smile lights up the fairgrounds.”
•Danny Lawson of Allisonia. Lawson, with the accompaniment of his guitar, sang an original song called “Old Virginia,” which he described as a song that “shares who I am.” If he were to win this competition, Lawson said that it would “bring him a few steps closer to his dream” and said that he “lives and breathes music.” After his performance, Chinault commented that Lawson reminded him of Clint Black and Ondich said that he was “exuberant” and got her right into the song.
•Sherry Turbeville of Dublin. Turbeville sang “He’s Alive.” As for winning the competition, she said, “What a dream come true. It would be another chance to get people excited over the message I have to share.” After she performed, Clint Ison, another of the three judges, said, “Oh my goodness, what a voice you have.” Chinault described it as a “moving performance” and commented that her voice was almost “operatic.”

As for the performances overall at the competition that night, Ison commented, “I brought 13 pairs of socks with me, and they’ve all been knocked off my feet!”
The final round of competition will take place on Saturday, July 26 at the NRV Fair, held at the NRV Fairgrounds in Dublin.
The top performer will receive a prize package including: promotion and name recognition surrounding winning the Star of the Blue Ridge contest, the opportunity to perform at the 2009 NRV Fair, artist consulting services from Forrest Fire Entertainment, a total recording package valued at over $4,800 from Mountain Fever Studios (www.mountainfever.com), a professional HD music video from the people who brought you “Hokie Nation,” Horse Archer Productions (www.horsearcherproductions.com), recording a single with Grammy-nominated, GMA award winning, national touring artists Decemberadio, and a song debut on the “Scott Stevens Country Morning Show” on 107.1 PSK.
In addition, the winner will receive $500 in cash and will be given the “Key to the Fair,” allowing themselves and four guests VIP access passes to all of the NRV Fair’s events.

For more information about the contest or the NRV Fair, visit www. nrvfair.com