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East Texas Local Finals for Country Music Showdown

East Texas is home to many country music artists making their mark in the industry.  Sunday in Tyler hundreds were on hand to watch as 15 finalists competed in the 26th Annual Colgate Country Music Showdown. It is America's largest country music talent search.

The judges scored the participants in five categories: vocal ability, originality, marketability, stage presence, and last but not least talent.

The winner was Jaclyn North a sixteen year old from Garland.  "I could not believe. I've been in this competition for three years in a row and I've never ever gone any further than a level like this," said Jaclyn.

"It found me I didn't find it." said Jaclyn, "I've actually only been singing for about two and a half years. I had never sung before. I was at a festival volunteering downtown in Garland at a fourth of July thing and this guy had an open spot on his stage. He thought my singing voice was interesting and asked me to come up and sing."

"She had never sang at home in the car, in her room, at church." said Jaclyn's mother, Angela Stanford.  "We just had a man call us one day after she sang in a microphone the studio.  He called us up and said do you know your daughter can sing and we said no. She had to convince me first that she could sing."

Jaclyn says her performing style is Dwight Yokam in a skirt, and with that she convinced more than the judges, she convinced East Texans.

"I thought I'd come out here and see if I could get some friends," said Jaclyn.

Now with all her East Texas friends Jaclyn hopes to launch her professional career.

Jaclyn won $300 cash, 60 hours of free studio time, and most importantly will move on to the state competition representing Tyler in Jackson, TX in mid-September.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com


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