Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Seeks Singers01.25.2006
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is seeking competitors for its second annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition.
During this competition, contestants must sing a song written by Dolly Parton (she has penned more than 3,000) in the style of his or her own choosing — country, rock, rap, bluegrass, etc.
Audition tapes, sent by mail, will be judged by a panel of entertainment professionals who will identify 20 finalists. Those finalists will then perform during the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition at Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass on Saturday, May 20, 2006.
The finals will be held at the Sevier County Courthouse near the bronze statue of Dolly Parton. First prize is a Nashville recording session and $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $200.
While contestants may sing the Dolly Parton song of his or her own choosing, there is one song that is off limits. "Contestants may not sing 'I Will Always Love You,'" says Chamber Marketing Coordinator and event organizer Amanda Maples Marr.
"Last year the song was incredibly popular with over half of the finalists belting it out. But we want to highlight a wider range of Dolly's writing so we're asking contestants to choose something different."
For a complete list of Dolly's songs, competitors — and those that are interested CLICK HERE
Interested vocalists may obtain an application online CLICK HERE or by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415.
Return the application and $10 entry fee along with an audition tape — CD, VHS or DVD — of the contestant singing a song written by Parton in the style of his or her own choosing to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.
Entries must be postmarked by April 11, 2006. It is not necessary, nor is it encouraged to impersonate Dolly Parton, either physically or vocally.
"This competition is truly unique and draws competitors from all corners of the United States," says Marr. "Since Dolly Parton is Sevierville's hometown girl, holding a competition that honors her songwriting ability was a natural fit for us." As far as event organizers know, this is the only vocal competition anywhere that allows only songs written by Dolly Parton.
The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is part of Sevierville's Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass event May 19-20, 2006.