TV Singing Competitions vs Local Music

July 15, 2016

I had the opportunity to watch a Singer/Songwriter competition at The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI last night. This was the finals as they had several previous rounds that came up with the top 10 performers. The Acorn Theater as a venue is fantastic. The acoustics are great for music and their sound engineer is really top-notch. I’m happy to say the event was packed and sold out. It’s great to see so many people out on a Thursday evening supporting local talent!

I’d like to talk about each individual performer but that would make this a very long post. I can say I didn’t see a bad act out of the 10 that performed. This got me to thinking about all the TV singing competetions that are available for the masses. I’ve watched a few of these and heard some really good singers. The problem is they are singing the same cover songs that you can hear in pretty much any karaoke bar. Every time I hear a judge say “You made it your own”, I cringe. They can’t make it their own by changing the key or tempo because it isn’t their song!

The performers I saw last night wrote their own music and I heard better singing than I’ve heard from many of winners of all these TV competitions. I feel compelled to give all these performers some exposure so I am including links to all their Facebook or other social media pages for you to explore and take a listen. I’m not going to go into the whole “Support Local Music” so the performers can pay their bills thing. I will say that if you like music, go out and listen to local musicians for your sake. Every time I find a new singer/band, I feel like I found myself a little treasure. If you have the opportunity to see any of these talented performers, please get off the couch and do so. You can always DVR The Voice and watch it later.

Andrew Kitzman


Joe George

Chris DuPont

Chaz Hearne

Linsay & Russell John

Amy Andrews

Mike Vial

Bailey Williams

Kirk Saffle

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