Contestants-MAY 27 AUDITION

Anna Saxton         (Bio below photos)

Anna Saxton is personable and attracts fans wherever she goes!  One only needs to check out her Facebook Page to see that her fans reach well over 2000 folks and that’s no easy feat!  She has been singing since the age of 3 years old and has had no vocal training.  She got her start singing in church contests and karaoke shows.  In 2005, she started doing a Shania Twain act, and in 2011 things started happening for her!  Her confidence led her to try out for “America’s Got Talent” and “Nashville Star”.  She is an aspiring songwriter and has just released her latest single “Living for the Day”.  She is inspired by her hometown, Nacogdoches, Texas, as it is the oldest town in Texas and she still calls it home!  Anna has a love for family and was raised by her Grandmother from the age of 6 years old.  Her family heroes are her Father, who died a hero in 1979 and her Uncle Cleon Compton who was actually the manager of Nacogdoches.

Cherie Devine                          (Bio Follows Photos)

Cherie began college on full scholarship for musical theatre at Alvin Community College in 2002 and, after a competitive audition process, received the Elvis Presley Scholarship at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN where she lived 2004-2005. Here, she got her first real taste of the blues and has been singing within the genre/subgenres ever since. She auditioned for The Alvin Opry and sang in a few of their shows in 2006, upon her return to Texas.

2007-2009, Cherie was employed by the Houston Zoo as a performer in their daily shows, such as keeper chats. While the presentations were not written to include music, she would write funny songs about the featured animal and play them on her guitar for patrons. Shows relied heavily on her ability to advertise them within the Zoo throughout the day, and draw a crowd to the pavilion (mostly with her loud music, singing, joke-telling, and YES, juggling.

Cherie discovered that musical stage performance is her oxygen and returned to the Alvin Opry in August 2011 and still appears there today. She performs at private parties (such as family and high school reunions, as well as birthdays) and, in March 2012 made her debut at The Jacinto City Opry. For her 2nd appearance at Jacinto City, she was the featured performer (May 4th, 2012) and definitely helped close the place down w/Me and My Bobbie McGee the following weekend. Her album, Another Boss, is now available and ALL 12 tracks on the CD were written by Cherie Devine. She is currently half way through a 2nd album.

Tina Allen        (Bio Follows Photos)

Tina is a seasoned vocalist who has been in the music business for about 15 years. She loves singing and being on stage.  She’s performed at festivals, cook-offs, private events, and many local venues.  She also sang at Tootsies and Nashville Palace in Nashville, TN.  She also had her own band and sang with many other bands through the years.  She loves traditional and modern country.  After singing in bands and singing cover tunes she decided she wanted to try writing her own songs.  So she bought a guitar and learned enough to put some melodies together and write lyrics to them; which then became songs.  She is a developing songwriter, and a member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association Inc.).  She looks forward to returning to the stage.

Brenda Guy        (BIO BELOW PHOTOS)

Imagine an awe-inspiring night of music filled with heaven-sent melodies, upbeat rhythms, sultry ballads, and heart-felt passion topped with loads of fun and dancing. That’s what you’ll get when you experience one night with Brenda Guy as your musical artist.

A native Houstonian and born with natural gifts and talent in music, Brenda’s voice has charmed audiences since she belted her first note at the tender age of 9. With a genuine love and thirst for all things music, Brenda devoured multiple genres and perfected her craft in a wide-range of categories from Country to Motown classics, and Classic Rock. This has allowed her to entertain and warm the hearts of a broad range of people with diverse backgrounds and musical preferences.

Music comes from the heart and soothes the soul.  Growing up, Brenda spent endless days and nights listening to each artist’s particular delivery of their music.  She has a unique ability to take a song and deliver it in such a profound way that is reminiscent of the original artist and yet, all her own.

Brenda has performed for thousands at a variety of events and venues such as the Houston House of Blues, KILT Radio Country Showcase of Stars , Magic 102 & Coca Cola Road Trip, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Reliant Center Go Texan Gala, Cleveland,TX Chamber of Commerce, Katy Harvest Festival, Pasadena Strawberry Festival, Houston’s Blues Festival, the Crawfish Festival, and many more. Her melodic gift has been awarded in the following competitions: Houston Live Stock & Rodeo Talent Competition and Houston’s Regional Talent Quest Competition.

Shannon Boyle             (Bio Below Photos)

Having no real native place to call her own, due to moving around when she was growing up, Shannon Boyle likes to think she adopted Texas to call her home.  It is where she resided at least half of her life!  Moving from place to place was challenging, but she always took on a new place with a positive outlook.  With that positive outlook Shannon brings an amazing energy to any stage.  Whether it is for dancing or singing!

Shannon has been singing and dancing for years now, it’s in her blood!  Her high school career was built on being involved in Friendswood High Schools varsity choir and being a part of the National Champion Wranglerettes the drill team for Friendswood High.  She got her first taste for singing solo when the team was invited to perform in Disneyland.   From there she went on to performing for school shows.

Shannon started off not to different from your line-ups very own Cherie Devine!  With a full scholarship in musical theatre at Alvin Community College! There she is studying performance at many different levels.  She lights up the stage and audience with her presence and if you watch her, she’ll end up stealing a place in your hearts. Shannon hopes to carry out her dreams and to utilize the gifts God gave her, with Him and her supportive family she knows she can do anything!

Shaye Glisson            (bio follows photos)

Shaye began singing in church at a very early age. As a child her music idols were Dolly Parton and Crystal Gayle. Her love for music  continued  throughout  her school age years where she competed vocally in competitions and participated in musicals.  As an adult I she sang for various local bands, the most recent being The Oldies and The Goodies. She took a break from singing to focus on her son when he was born in 2006, and recently began her music journey again. Shaye believes that singing is an art where she can freely express emotion through music!

Brittney Valdez

Brittney is a southern girl from Alvin Texas; her first solo performance was performed at Cock Eyed Seagull and she was recently in a musical known as West Side Story. She is also a solo artist that is new to the music business.  Her instrument(s) are: Vocals, piano, guitar and egg shaker 😉   ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Jorja Waide            (bio follows photo)

Jorja has always loved music especially the Legends like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, etc. She has only  been singing for a little more than 3 years other than years ago when she sang in church occasionally. She has been very fortunate to have been able to perform with some amazing local musicians and work with some awesome sound people over the last 3 years. She’s performed in Ray Covey’s Elvis by Ray Show, the Jacinto City Opry and Buckshot Jamboree as well as doing her own show at Besaw’s. She has a son, daughter & 3 grandbabies and has sang to them all their lives. They have always been her inspiration and biggest fans.

Chelsey Hood               (BIO FOLLOWS PHOTOS)

 

Chelsey sang into her first microphone on stage when she was 2 years old, and has been attached to one ever since. Born in East Texas, surrounded by country music, at 8 years old she remembers seeing the musical “Always Patsy” in Kilgore, TX and not only fell in love with Patsy and country music, but musical theater, as well…and knew that’s what she was meant to do. After being in 5 musical theater productions in San Antonio and playing “Belle” in her college production of “Beauty and the Beast”, she moved to New York City for 2 years where she graduated from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy. A short time after moving to Houston, she became a proud member of a multi-genre vocal band, “Cool Freddie E & the Crew” where they sing all over in North Houston and Tomball.  They recently performed at an international convention in Las Vegas, at the Venetian Hotel. She sang all genres from Opera, Jazz, Broadway, Blues, Pop/Rock but her passion will ALWAYS be Country! It is true, that you can take the girl out of the “honky-tonks”…but you
can’t take the “honky-tonk” out of the girl!
Asaea Burns

Asaea Burns is a sophmore at AlvinCommunity Collegeand, and a Drama and Musical Theater major. She was last seen on stage  in West Side Story as a Jet Girl.  Some recent plays that she has been in include, Nunsence 3 as Sister Mary leo, Fools as Sofia,  and Death of A Salesmen as Letta. She aspires to  one day be a professional actress or event organizer. Asaea sends a special thanks to her twin sister, dad, boyfriend and all her suportive friends.

Julianne McBride began performing at the age of two and is currently a member of the Art Park Players in Deer Park. She is a vocalist for their prestigious group, Reaction, that entertained aboard the Carnival Cruise ship Ecstasy. Julianne loves all genres of music but has a passion for oldies and western swing. She has been featured in many Western Oprys across Texas since the age of five and closed out the 2008 Pasadena Rodeo with a concert in the main arena. Her videos have been featured on the Western Swing Fan Page. She was on the Kick off show of the Crossroads Country Opry with Billy Mata and recently performed there with John Wayne Shultz. Most Recently sang the National Anthem to Kick off the Pasadena Strawberry Festival and will return to sing at the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Tiffany Gray        (bio follows photo)

Tiffany Gray has always loved to sing, but about a year ago she stumbled upon karaoke at Baytown Seafood. She has been going religiously every Thursday since then! While singing there she met a lot of awesome people who gave her the opportunity to sing at the Jacinto City Opry! “They created an animal”, she says as she loves every second of singing for others, and seeing them enjoying it as well. She has always been a performer, Drill Team in high school and a member of the Thespian Society, so this just makes it all complete!

Kristi Pruett      (bio follows photos)

My name is Kristi Lynn Pruett and I am 20 years old.  Earlier this month I  graduated from Cosmetology school.  I sang on stage for the first time in 3rd grade in the school talent show.  Since then my love for music has grown tremendously.  I have performed in numerous karaoke contests, talent shows, sang in church and have sung the national anthem at a variety of school sporting events.   At age 16 tried out for American Idol where I advanced to the second round.   I have performed at Jacinto City Opry and loved every minute of it.  I plan to follow my heart and dreams of expanding my music career to the fullest.  I owe all my love to my Family, Friends and the Good Lord.

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