Sevierville, Tenn. – The ninth annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is calling for entries.
This unique competition honors the songwriting of Sevierville native Dolly Parton by encouraging contestants from across the nation to sing one of the more than 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 does a great job showcasing new talent while also proving that Dolly’s songwriting is incredibly versatile and can easily cross musical genres,” 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. We are honored that Dollywood sponsors the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition each year.” As far as event organizers know, this is the only vocal competition in the world that specifically honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton.
The entry deadline for the preliminary round of The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is Friday April 12, 2013. Audition tapes, sent by mail, will be judged by a panel of entertainment professionals. Thirty 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 18, 2013 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 the songs Dolly has written, competitors – and those that are interested – should visit www.dollymania.net. Contestants may submit up to two songs written by Dolly Parton per entry. All songs written by Dolly Parton are eligible for the competition this year. It is not necessary, nor is it encouraged, to impersonate Dolly Parton, either physically or vocally during the competition.
Interested vocalists may obtain an application and complete set of rules online at www.BloominBBQ.com or by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415. Entries must be postmarked by April 12, 2013.
The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is part of Sevierville’s ninth Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass event May 17-18, 2013 and is sponsored by Dollywood. The Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival is the current Southeast Tourism Society Festival of the Year, Division 1. For more information about the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition or Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass, visit www.BloominBBQ.com.