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Edwards wins Star of Blue Ridge

DUBLIN — Sharon Edwards is a happy girl.
As a contestant in the 2008 Star of the Blue Ridge competition finals on Saturday afternoon, the Dublin resident showed the audience gathered at the “Back Porch Stage” at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin just how happy she was, singing “Happy Girl” by country singer Martina McBride.
Then, after all five finalists had performed their two songs and where given a chance to speak a few words about their experience in the Star of the Blue Ridge competition, Edwards kept her tone happy, saying, “I just want to keep writing and playing music and making people feel good.”
Moments later, as she was named the winner of the 2008 Star of the Blue Ridge competition, Edwards, who is a full-time wife, mother and employee at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, was completely overflowing with happiness.
“I just want to do whatever— to make people happy! And continue singing and singing!” she said.
While Edwards came out of the competition on top, the three judges of the Star of the Blue Ridge competition, including Clint Ison, Judy Ison (who filled in for regular judge Keith Chinault, who was unable to attend) and Melanie Ondich, all agreed that all five contestants where “stars in their eyes,” and that their decision had been difficult.
Along with Edwards, the contestants included Danny Lawson of Allisonia, Mindy Anderson of Hillsville, Sherry Turbeville of Dublin and Tony Eads of Pulaski.
As for Edwards, the judges commented that she was a “natural performer.”
Clint Ison said that he “loved her connection with the audience” through her body language and facial expressions, and that she “does a performance like a star.”
Ondich joked, “You could do a Colgate commercial right now, Sharon,” but added, “I like that you’re not plastic and you’re very humble. I love the fact that you love to sing.”
As the winner of the 2008 Star of the Blue Ridge competition, Edwards will receive a prize package to include: 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 make-over package from Make-N-Waves salon, Platinum Tanz and Berry Fitness, 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, Edwards will receive $500 in cash and will be given the “Key to the Fair,” allowing her and her guests VIP access passes to all of the NRV Fair’s events.

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Edwards wins Star of Blue Ridge

DUBLIN — Sharon Edwards is a happy girl.
As a contestant in the 2008 Star of the Blue Ridge competition finals on Saturday afternoon, the Dublin resident showed the audience gathered at the “Back Porch Stage” at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin just how happy she was, singing “Happy Girl” by country singer Martina McBride.
Then, after all five finalists had performed their two songs and where given a chance to speak a few words about their experience in the Star of the Blue Ridge competition, Edwards kept her tone happy, saying, “I just want to keep writing and playing music and making people feel good.”
Moments later, as she was named the winner of the 2008 Star of the Blue Ridge competition, Edwards, who is a full-time wife, mother and employee at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, was completely overflowing with happiness.
“I just want to do whatever— to make people happy! And continue singing and singing!” she said.
While Edwards came out of the competition on top, the three judges of the Star of the Blue Ridge competition, including Clint Ison, Judy Ison (who filled in for regular judge Keith Chinault, who was unable to attend) and Melanie Ondich, all agreed that all five contestants where “stars in their eyes,” and that their decision had been difficult.
Along with Edwards, the contestants included Danny Lawson of Allisonia, Mindy Anderson of Hillsville, Sherry Turbeville of Dublin and Tony Eads of Pulaski.
As for Edwards, the judges commented that she was a “natural performer.”
Clint Ison said that he “loved her connection with the audience” through her body language and facial expressions, and that she “does a performance like a star.”
Ondich joked, “You could do a Colgate commercial right now, Sharon,” but added, “I like that you’re not plastic and you’re very humble. I love the fact that you love to sing.”
As the winner of the 2008 Star of the Blue Ridge competition, Edwards will receive a prize package to include: 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 make-over package from Make-N-Waves salon, Platinum Tanz and Berry Fitness, 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, Edwards will receive $500 in cash and will be given the “Key to the Fair,” allowing her and her guests VIP access passes to all of the NRV Fair’s events.

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