Laurel Wright representing radio station WIVK in Knoxville, Tennessee has won the 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown produced for a one-hour television special at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Recording artist LeAnn Rimes presented the Grand Prize of $100,000 to Laurel Wright. She was chosen over thousands of contestants throughout the year. The 4 other National Finalists were: Shane Martin (Midwest Region- KLCI/BOB FM, Ramsey); Keeira Lyn Ford (Southwest Region-KNIX, Phoenix); Paisley Van Patten (West Region- KEGA, Salt Lake City); and Gwendlyn Kay (Southeast Region- KHOZ, Harrison).
Laurel Wright has performed since the tender age of 4. This 16-year-old singer-songwriter has penned more than 30 songs. Her love for music is evident in her young life due to dedication and the hard work necessary to make her dreams come true. At the Texaco Country Showdown National Final, Laurel Wright was accompanied by Lewell Molen and performed original songs Can’t You See and All That’s On Her Mind. Her music, photos and concert dates can be found at www.facebook.com/laurelwrightmusic .
A panel of country music experts made the final decision. They were: Lisa Ramsey-Perkins, Senior Director of A&R for Sony Music Nashville; John Ozier, Vice President of A&R for Curb Records; Rod Essig, agent from Creative Artists Agency; Tracy Gershon, Artist Manager at Red Light Management; and Tim Molyneux, Owner of Molyneux Entertainment, Producer and Performance Coach.
Dean Unkefer, Executive Producer- Throughout its 30 years, the Country Showdown has helped open doors for many of country music’s most popular artists from Martina McBride and Tim McGraw to Miley Cyrus, Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert. The success doesn’t happen without support from Texaco, our corporate partner. Their support helps keep the tradition of the Showdown alive and gives struggling new artists a chance to showcase their talent and new music. Texaco is a brand that exemplifies the American Dream and pride in both our communities and ourselves. Texaco is committed to making the Showdown bigger and better than ever before.
About Texaco Country Showdown – The Texaco Country Showdown begins each spring with over 450 live shows produced by country music radio stations. Local winners advance to State and then to 1 of 5 Regional showdowns. These 5 winners then compete at a nationally syndicated television special. This year’s show will air nationwide in April on syndicated television and overseas to military bases on government access channels. Contact your local radio station to enter the Texaco Country Showdown or log onto www.texacocountryshowdown.com for television airdates and more information.
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