Pigeon Forge Hosts Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals on June 16

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Pigeon Forge hosts the Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals 10 a.m. June 16 at Smoky Mountain Opry on Saturday, June 16. The free show will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Twelve semi-finalists vying to be named grand champion will perform in front of a diverse panel of judges: John Alexander, Nashville-based talent executive; Michael Headla, entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment; and Jeff Taylor, general manager for Country Tonite Theatre. Four semi-finalists were selected from each audition city; Cincinnati on April 14, Nashville on April 21 and Atlanta on May 12.

The four semi-finalists from Ohio are Taylor Deaton from Springboro; Sheila Gardner from Fairfield; duo Michaela Back from Mason and Aaron Cramer from Cincinnati; and male trio BL3SSED from Cincinnati.

The four semi-finalists from Tennessee are Brenna Beatty from Springfield; Alaya Morris from Nashville; Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol; and family trio Sheridan Hill from Mt. Juliet.

The four semi-finalists from Georgia are Jadyn Williams from Tallapoosa; Sara Kays from Avondale Estates; Isaac Streetman from Aragon; and Morgan Shaw from Euharlee.

Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent more than 10 years at Great American Country television network, managed artists like Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly vacation destination that offers more than 80 attractions, including award-winning entertainment that helped launch the careers of recording artists Carly Pearce, Janelle Arthur and Craig Morgan.

For more information, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.

About Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com. or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

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