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Polished Edge: Texas singers compete on national stage

Polished Edge: Texas singers compete on national stage
The winner of “The Voice” is Danielle Bradbery from Cypress, Texas.

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July 10, 2013
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By John Steven

“America is one big talent show,” said John Steven of Texas Music News Network in Austin.

For singers, there are three nationally televised talent shows that have become part of the American pop culture. “The X Factor,” “American Idol,” and “The Voice” are reality shows with a worldwide audience. What is unique about these shows is public voting determines who wins.

The national TV exposure for the finalists provides instant recognition to an international audience and they are validated by the American public as rising stars with credentials that prove they are talented indeed. The American dream is alive and well. These TV talent shows can turn fantasy into reality fast by having a hundred million people know your name overnight.

This year’s shows featured amazing talent and Texas was very well-represented. Texas music culture is alive, diverse, and part of our heritage.

The winner of “The Voice” this season is Danielle Bradbery from Cypress. She is 16 years old and the youngest winner of “The Voice.” This was her first time to sing for a live audience. Danielle has nerves of steel on stage. She has never had voice lessons and her voice has near-perfect pitch. As winner of “The Voice,” Danielle receives $100,000 and a recording contract. She has signed with

Big Machine Records in Nashville with such label mates as Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Tim McGraw.

Several fantastic Texas singers made it to the final rounds of “The Voice.”

Amber Carrington from Rockwall made it to the top five, Holly Tucker from Waco was in the top six, and Savannah Berry from Houston was in the top 32. Jess Kellner from Austin made it to the top 48. Taylor Beckham and Jeff Lewis, both from Dallas, were eliminated in the Battle Rounds.

Open call auditions for next season are in Austin Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14. For more information, visit

Season 12 of “American Idol” produced fantastic talent. More than 100,000 people auditioned for the show. Kree Harrison from Woodville was voted runner-up.

Kree has a seductive, soulful voice that can sing country, blues, or R&B. Another great singer from Texas that made it to the finals is Amber Holcomb from Houston. Amber is a dynamic singer with a diverse range of vocal abilities. One of the judges said that Amber is the modern-day Whitney Houston and I agree. Texas singers Vincent Powell from Austin and Cortez Shaw from Dallas had televised performances on the show.

Auditions for “American Idol” are in Austin on Wednesday, Aug. 7. For more information, visit

“The X Factor” has the biggest prize of any of the TV talent shows, $5 million and a recording contract.

Texas was represented on the show with singers Paige Thomas from San Antonio and the group “Sister C” from Mont Belvieu. Both of these music artists have real potential in the music business.

The auditions for “The X Factor” have passed for 2013. Auditions were held in April, May, and June.

For more information, visit

John Steven is the producer of Texas Music News in Austin. He is also a writer, creator, and business promoter. Email him at

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