PRESTONSBURG – The Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition, presented by Gearheart Communications and Big Sandy Community and Technical was held Friday (March 11) and Saturday (March 12) at the Mountain Arts Center and concluded with a winner from Floyd County.
The Big Sandy Idol program is a prestigious competition held yearly to showcase the talent in our region. Past winners include Haley Sullivan and Clarke Sexton, who were co-winners of the competition.
This year’s competition was fierce. Every singer had vocals worthy of the Big Sandy Idol title. One star shined a little brighter than the others to take home the victory. Alex Meade, a senior at Betsy Layne High School, performed his version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” to win the 10th annual Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition on Saturday at the Mountain Arts Center.
“I did it my way,” Meade said with a smile while signing autographs after the competition.
Big Sandy Idol, presented by Gearheart Communications and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, celebrated its 10th anniversary in style. A group of founding members of the Big Sandy Singers performed both nights of the competition.
The Big Sandy Singers founding members who participated in this year’s event included Laura Ford Hall, Tim Cooley, Frances Hackney, Troy Burchett, Ryan Shepherd, Dustin Newsome, Brandon Maynard, Reca Maynard, Beth Castle, Chesi Spriggs, Susan Scott, Candace Kelly and Clayton Case. Since it started, BSCTC has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to deserving students to participate in the Big Sandy Singers and Band.
This year’s winner, Alex Meade won a full paid scholarship to BSCTC, $300 cash prize, a trophy and a CD recording opportunity to record a 10-song CD. Payton Trout, of Belfry, was first runnerup. Ally Davis of Prestonsburg was second runnerup. Karly Sincell, of Phelps, was the wild card winner.
“This program has helped countless students,” said Clayton Case, BSCTC Fine Arts Director. “My mentor Billie Jean Osborne taught me the importance of music education. When I signed on in 2006 I immediately knew I wanted to go out into the schools and educate the students about music.”
The Big Sandy Idol is a massive undertaking for the Fine Arts Department of BSCTC.
“We begin in August with planning the competition,” Case commented. “Two individuals work tirelessly to ensure the competition is a success. Brennen Meek, sound technician, and Candace Kelly, Assistant Director of Fine Arts Department, work countless hours behind the scenes to culminate with the grand performance in March.”
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.