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Wednesday March 29, 2017

Ten regional performers will show off their skills at the first-ever SOVA’s Got Talent on Saturday, April 8 at 6 pm at Martinsville High School Auditorium. Singers, dancers, bands and more will compete to win Southern Virginia’s version of America’s Got Talent, presented by Piedmont Arts and CHILL. 

“We know that there are many talented individuals in our area and we’re excited to showcase that talent,” said Piedmont Arts Executive Director Kathy Rogers.

Leading up to and during the live event, community members are encouraged to vote for their favorite performers. Each dollar a performer earns equals one vote and increases their chances of winning the contest. 

“Votes are very important to each performer’s total score,” said Rogers. “Five judges will score each act and total scores will be 50% votes earned through money raised and 50% judges’ scores.”

Judges for the competition will be: Johnny Buck, Executive Director of Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival; Angeline Godwin, President of Patrick Henry Community College; Nick Hull, Rector at Christ Episcopal Church; Demarco King, Lead Singer on Carnival Cruise Lines; and Devin Pendleton, Program Director of PHCC Patriot Players.

Voting is now open at Piedmont Arts and online at SovasGotTalent.com. All funds raised through SOVA’s Got Talent will be used to support programs at Piedmont Arts and CHILL.

“Our mission is all about giving young people opportunities to make the community better and find positive ways to express themselves,” said Amanda Hendricks, CHILL coordinator for Martinsville and Henry County. “SOVA’s Got Talent is a great way to provide students and adults in our region the opportunity to show off their talents.”

The 10 acts competing in SOVA’s Got Talent are:

  • Aaron Crowe, Pianist, Bassett, Va.
  • Blair Oakley, Tap Dance, Bassett, Va.
  • DJ Holland, Contemporary Dance, Bassett, Va.
  • Harley Brown and Megan Hodges, Clogging, Franklin County, Va.
  • Jenni Gregory, Singer, Spencer, Va.
  • Kimoni Draper, Singer, Henry County, Va.
  • Lost Sorrow, Band, Martinsville, Va.
  • McKenna Hamrick, Singer, Franklin County, Va.
  • Michelle Graham, Singer, Fieldale, Va.
  • The Delics, Band, Martinsville, Va.

Tickets to SOVA’s Got Talent are on sale now at Piedmont Arts, located at 215 Starling Ave., by calling 276.632.3221 and online at SovasGotTalent.com. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission.

Tags: , Piedmont Arts