The 8th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is calling for entries. This unique competition honors the songwriting of Sevierville native Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants from across the nation to sing one of the 3,000+ songs she has penned in his or her own vocal style.
Contestants may enter in the 13 and up age division or the 12 and under division for this competition.
“The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition draws vocalists from all corners of the United States,” says Chamber Marketing Director and event organizer Amanda 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 in the world that specifically honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton. Last year’s winner in the 13 and up age division, Kelle Jolly, sang “Baby I’m Burning” in a jazz style.
The entry deadline for the preliminary round of The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is Friday April 6, 2012. Audition tapes, sent by mail, will be judged by a panel of entertainment professionals and 30 finalists (20 in the 13+ category and 10 in the 12 and under category) will be invited to perform during the final rounds at Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass on May 19, 2012 in downtown Sevierville, TN. Winning competitors will take home cash and prizes including a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee and a guitar autographed by Dolly Parton.
While contestants may sing the Dolly Parton song of his or her own choosing, there are a couple songs that are off limits. “Contestants may not sing I Will Always Love You or Jolene,” says Marr. “Those songs have proven to be too popular in past years. 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 – should visit www.dollymania.net. It is not necessary, nor is it encouraged to impersonate Dolly Parton, either physically or vocally.
Interested vocalists may obtain an application online at www.BloominBBQ.com or by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415. Entries must be postmarked by April 6, 2012.
The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is part of Sevierville’s 8th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass event May 18-19, 2012. For more information about the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition or Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass, visit www.BloominBBQ.com.