The McKinney Music Mashup was a blast. I had so much fun. I was working, so that, people, is saying something! My job was to capture backstage interviews, photos and footage of the vocalists who converged at the McKinney Performing Arts Center to compete in the semi-finals, and later the finals of this inaugural event, that featured $2500.00 in cash prizes and the opportunity to open for Taylor Hicks on Saturday, September 17th.
The caliber of talent was astounding. The only question I had all day, was, how in the world are the audience members, and the judges going to pick just one? With vocal talent on a fairly even plain, I was particularly captured by the sheer cuteness of a couple of 13-year-olds, country singer Shelby Comey, of Mason, Texas, and pop/rocker Colton Jacobson, of Frisco. With her shimmering blonde hair, white eyelet dress, and cowboy boots, Shelby, captivated the audience, with her rendition of Sugarland’s “Settlin’”.
As far as Colton Jacobson is concerned, I have a note to Justin Beiber: watch your back, dude. Colton took on Beyonce’s “Halo”, and was the only vocalist to bust a move while he sang. The only thing missing from this cutey-pie’s ball of fire performance were back-up dancers, and screaming girls hurling themselves at the stage. Other stand outs for me were the grown-ups, Kandis Moody of Aubrey, performing her heart out for her grandfather, and our own Elizabeth Leonard, the gorgeous mother of five who raised the rafters with her powerful voice. In the end, the sweet indie stylings of McKinney High School’s own, Jackie Wasson, and the moving theatrical performance of McKinney Boyd’s Williams and Perkins garnered the well deserved wins.
I absolutely fell in love with all three judges. Glenn Goodwin of UeberMusic, had the sweetest things to say about the contestants after the show, and made a point to speak to one of the families after I pointed them out; Linda Septien, of the Septien Entertainment group, who has coached the likes of Beyonce, freely shared her expert advice and support with all. And American Idol Season 8 Finalist, Michael Sarver, charmed as a judge, and smashed it out of the park with his post-contest performance.
As I write about the Mashup, I can’t help but think back to a column I wrote a few weeks ago, about letting a Great Idea manifest, which is exactly what Town Square Buzz’s own, Angie Bado, did. While watching Glee, and pondering ways to raise money for the McKinney Performing Arts Center, the idea came to her. She let MPAC’s Dave Taylor in on it, and the next thing you know, about a year later, I have a post Mashup Buzz that’s lasted through Wednesday.
And you know what I think is the best part of it all? It’s not over yet, because, Saturday, September 17th, we get to continue the celebration with Jackie Wasson, Williams and Perkins, American Idol Season 5 Winner, Taylor Hicks! Be still by heart!
Carpe Diem Y’all! Michele