The 33rd annual Country Showdown local competition concluded on June 28 naming AAutumn Amber was the winner. America's largest country music talent search and radio promotion was held at The Lumberyard in Roscoe. The win marks completion of the first step in the prestigious national contest.
AAutumn Amber's combination of musical talent, stage presence, charisma, musicianship and originality caught the attention of the judges, including Tommy McCoy, Scott Fortin and Suzanne Swinney.
AAutumn Amber will advance to the next round of the Country Showdown at Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth vying for $1,000 and the opportunity to perform at one of five regional competitions in the fall. Regional winners receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Final, exuding talent and energy in their performances to compete for the $100,000 Grand Prize and the National Title.
The Country Showdown at The Lumberyard also recognized Journee Pugh and Mark Haygood as its second and third place finalists, respectively.
Other participants were Elizabeth Figueroa, Rebecca Helton, Joah Henry, Nine Mile Mountain and Tony Rainwater.
Now it its 33rd year, the Country Showdown finds the most promising country music talent in America, giving these performers a chance to launch a professional career. Nearly $200,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to thousands of aspiring artists who compete each year. Nationwide, two million fans will experience the Country Showdown via hundreds of live shows and nationally syndicated radio broadcasts.