Sevierville, Tenn. – The 10th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition has extended the entry deadline for the 2014 competition to April 16, 2014. 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, Kata Hay, sang “I Will Always Love You”.
The extended entry deadline for the preliminary round of The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is Wednesday April 16, 2014. 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 17, 2014 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.
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 16, 2014.
The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is part of Sevierville’s 10th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass event May 16-17, 2014. For more information about the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition or Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass, visit www.BloominBBQ.com.