Morning show hosts from Coyote 93.5 served as the announces at Saturday night's Hopkins County Idol
Semi-Finals, in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium.
Hopkins County Idol Contest
Names Nine to Go to Finals
by: Bobby McDonald
Judges for Friday and Saturday night's events were: left to right, Kurt Bitner,
Enola Gay, and Brad Davis.
The Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium was a busy place over the weekend, as talent from all across Northeast Texas came to compete in the 2nd Annual Hopkins County Idol Contest, with hopes of advancing to Saturday's Finals Round. Judges narrowed the field down to eight individuals and the crowd at Saturday night's elimination performance, "saved" one more individual to select the nine to advance.
Competition will continue on Saturday afternoon, September 15th, in the Civic Center Auditorium, as Lucky Boyd, with the Academy of Texas Music, hosts the finals, and judges select the second annual winner. Caleb Frazier, the First Ever Hopkins County Idol, chosen last year, will perform, also.
Making the finals are (in no particular order):
Rich was born in Miami, Florida but grew up in the DFW metroplex. He has been perfecting his own unique style of singing since his first performance at the age of 15. In 1990, he had the pleasure of opening up a concert for a new-comer named Garth Brooks. When Rich isn’t working on his music, he enjoys Nascar, traveling, and remodeling.
Lincoln has been singing as long as he can remember but it wasn’t until the age of 13 that he started to nourish his musical roots. At the urging of his pastor, he got a guitar and his pastor taught him to play. Eventually, he took over the worship leader duties for the youth of Elm Ridge Baptist Church in Como. At the age of 17, he joined a Christian rock band with the aspirations of becoming a “rock star”. He and his band played all over Dallas and Ft. Worth putting out a CD and even winning some competitions. After going their separate ways, Lincoln began to lead worship at Life Fellowship in Mt. Vernon. He has recently began to collaborate and write new material, deciding to try his hand at music as a profession again.
Carol has been singing country music and old time rock-n-roll for over 25 years. She and her twin sister make up the singing duo, The Porter Sisters. Carol has performed Revues, Jamboree’s and Opry’s and is currently a regular performer at the Reilly Springs Jamboree here in Hopkins County. She is a special education teacher in Mt. Pleasant and has a 15-yr old daughter. She enjoys watching her daughter dance in the drill team, singing, and spending time with her family. She says the singing, friends, and laughter at shows makes singing something she always looks forward to.
Philip was born in Greenville and is a Veteran of the United States Army where he served 4 years and spent 2 of them overseas. He got into music around the age of 13 as a hobby and escape but feels that God had a plan for him all along and now he is into music to spread God’s word to the youth in a way they will except it and relate to it. He is married and has a 4-yr old son and a baby boy on the way.
Daylan is a small town, southern born and raised Texas gal! She is 20 years old and mother to a rambunctious 1-yr old boy and a sassy 2 ½ yr old girl and is presently engaged to the love of her life. She is currently pursuing a career as a paramedic, but singing is her one true passion. She says there is nothing like being on stage, in the lights, and belting out her favorite country song in front of a crowd.
Tisha is a 30-yr old single mom of 3 beautiful children. Her heart and passion has always been to sing. Her mother tells her she started singing as soon as she could speak. Presently, she leads praise and worship at the Trinity Harvest Church of God here in SS.
Nate, and his wife Cara and their two children, moved to Sulphur Springs in 2009 from Irving and has loved every moment of life in East Texas. He is presently the worship pastor at New Beginnings Fellowship Baptist Church here in SS and has loved music since the day he was born and began singing a different song 17 years ago when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Shelby Glenn was born in Waco and started playing the guitar and performing at the age of 7. He loves music and loves to perform.
Born in Hopkins County and raised in Wood County, Larry is a 2-time cancer survivor, in addition to triple bypass heart surgery has learned to appreciate every day. He loves to do impersonations of the old classic country starts and tries to perform somewhere every week. He says as long as people enjoy hearing
Him sing, he will continue to do so.
These nine individuals will be competing in the finals for Hopkins County Idol, on Saturday!
Best of Luck to Everyone!!!