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First Annual Salisbury Idol Contest: $1000 Grand Prize

April 11, 2007

Category: Business & Economics, Events, Music, Students


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Maybe it's something in the water. Maybe it's the Carolina sunshine. Maybe it's the barbeque. Whatever it is, North Carolina has given the world more than its fair share of singing idols, including Clay Aiken of Raleigh, Fantasia Barrino of High Point, and Kellie Pickler of Albermarle. Are you next? Catawba College announces the first annual Salisbury Idol contest (not related to American Idol) to give singers of all ages and styles living in Rowan County and beyond the opportunity of showing the home crowd what they've got. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1000.
 
The preliminary round of judging for Salisbury Idol will take place at Catawba College beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 21st. The finals will then be held in the college's Keppel Auditorium on Saturday evening, April 28th at 7:00 p.m.. Audience response will play a large role in crowning the 2007 Salisbury Idol, so everyone is invited to attend and cheer for your favorite finalist. General audience admission to the April 28th finals is $7 at the door the evening of the show.
 
Salisbury Idol is a joint production of the Catawba College chapters of Pi Sigma Epsilon (the National Professional Business Marketing Fraternity) and the Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association (MEISA) in partnership with the Catawba College Community Music program.
 
According to David Lee Fish, Catawba associate professor of music and faculty advisor for the college chapter of MEISA, "Two of the most exciting aspects of the competition are our panel judges and the fact that audience participation will help crown the winner." Judges for the finals include Jimm Mosher and Alan Grossman of Hit Music Incorporated and Sarah Hall of the Salisbury Post. "We even have a South African mystery judge who's our own Simon Cowell," adds Pam Thompson, chair of the Catawba School of Business and advisor to the college chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon. "He's a natural."
 
Salibury IdolIn addition to the $1000 grand prize, one $500 prize and one $250 prize will also be awarded the night of the finals. The grand-prize winner will hold the title of 2007 Salisbury Idol and will have an opportunity to record a song in Catawba College's state-of-the-art project studio.
 
As an added attraction for the April 28th finals, Mosher and Grossman as well as former Bad Company bassist Paul Cullen will join performing songwriter Derek Daisey onstage to perform several original works from his soon-to-be-released debut album, All Behind Me. Daisey, while still only a sophomore at Catawba College, has nonetheless begun to receive a great deal of interest from the industry music for his talents.
 
All Salisbury Idol contestants must pay a $10 entry fee by Friday, April 20th. Late entrants may pay $15 to register the day of the preliminary competition. Registration details and directions to the preliminary round are available by visiting www.catawba.edu/salisburyidol or calling the Catawba College Music Department at (704) 637-4345.


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