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New contest for young ag performers

New contest for young ag performers

NC Ag Star is looking for a singer within the ag community

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

A contest in North Carolina is looking to find a member of the ag community who can really use his or her voice.

NC Ag Star, put on by Got to Be NC, which helps promote North Carolina farmers and agriculture, is a singing competition open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 22.

The competition will include live auditions, semi-finals and the finale, scheduled for March 2023.

Semi-finalists will have five minutes to perform in front of judges.

And some may receive coaching from Paige King-Johnson, a country singer who grew up on a North Carolina farm. PCG Artist Development from Nashville, Tenn., will also provide support.

Other singers associated with PCG Arist Development include Kate Boytek and Megan Nadin.

King-Johnson is also the first ever musical ambassador for Got to Be NC.

“I get to blend two very big parts of my life and my heart together in a fun new way to reach people of all ages throughout all the special hometowns in our great state,” she said in a promotional video for the contest.

The grand prize winner of the NC Ag Star contest will receive:

  • A professional songwriting session,
  • One song recorded and produced by a producer from Nashville,
  • Training from industry professionals, and
  • Got to Be NC performance opportunities.

The competition is scheduled to have four semi-final events:

Friday, Sept. 16 at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in Fletcher.

Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax.

Friday, Nov. 4 at Martin Community College in Williamston.

And Sunday, Nov. 6 at University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive.

Other country artists with North Carolina roots include Luke Combs, Randy Travis, Kellie Pickler and Danielle Peck.

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