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BREAKING 6-13-08 Bossier Teen, Emma Meeks Places 3rd in Music City Rising Star Competition
Friday, Jun 13, 2008 10:01am
NASHVILLE, TN (by: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: ENTERTAINMENT 12N 6-13-08   Bossier City's Emma Meeks finished in the top 3 in the Music City Rising Star Competition held this week in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Meeks, a 16 year old Loyola College Prep, student has been performing and singing since she was in the 7th grade in Musical Theater at Saint Mark's, where she graduated from Middle School. 

When family and friends realized that she had a very melodic voice, she began voice lessons with local voice coach Jennifer Dowd, who is classically trained. Working hard with Dowd, Emma has been getting Nashville songs to record.  

While she can cover other artists' music, Emma likes to sing unreleased songs. She prefers Country, but also enjoys singing Jazz as well.  

Emma will cover another singer's songs only if she really likes their work.  However, most of what she is doing is original to her own interpretation of these songs. She continues to look for original material all the time.  

The Music City Rising Star competition ia a national competition that takes place in Nashville during Fan Fair every June.  People from all over the country and all over the world attend. 

Here's how the Music City Rising Star competition works: People submitted applications nationally, and from that group only 250 performers were accepted. 

There were age groups of 13 to 18 years of age, all high school students. Tho judge the competition there were three professional adjudicators from all over the country.  All had doctrates in music.  

There were 5 winners in each age group.  Emma won third in the age 16 group.  She received very high marks and high praise from the judges, along with a beautiful trophy.  

The judges' comments were all taped during each singer's performance, so the immediate responses were heard.. For Emma, all the judges said, "Keep it up.  Keep singing.  You have a beautiful voice."

Emma hopes to continue recording songs and performing live.  

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