PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Brenna Beatty, 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Springfield, Tennessee, was named grand champion of the Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition.
Beatty will spend the next year working with John Alexander on career development. Alexander was instrumental in the careers of Patty Loveless and platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini. Alexander will work with Beatty, who is a prolific songwriter, and establish instrumental industry meetings with top executives, songwriters and more. She will return to Pigeon Forge to perform at a number of the theaters, receive media training, headshots, studio time and a shopping spree.
Beatty has written more than 500 songs in the last six years. She taught herself to play piano and learned how to play guitar using YouTube videos at 11 years old. Born into a musical family, her father was lead singer of a band for most of her life, Beatty and her younger siblings are all following in his footsteps. Beatty has been homeschooled since the fifth grade which gave her the flexibility to focus on her songwriting craft and musicianship. The family moved, so Beatty could be closer to Nashville to further her career. She has participated in Sandy Ficca of classic rock band Firefall’s Use Your Gift Foundation, where she was able to record a five-song EP. She has opened for Meghan Linsey, Trick Pony, Dylan Scott and more.
The top three finalists included the duo, Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol, Tenn., and Taylor Deaton from Springboro, Ohio.
Approximately 450 contestants registered to compete in the Pigeon Forge Path to Fame. A three-month auditions tour visited Cincinnati, Nashville and Atlanta and produced four finalists from each city, all of whom competed in the finals. Contestants competed for a grand prize package that includes a 12-month career mentorship with a Nashville-based entertainment executive and a consultation with performer Kelsea Ballerini.
Each contestant performed in front of a live audience and a diverse panel of judges: John Alexander, Nashville-based talent executive; Michael Headla, general manager, producer and director of Smoky Mountain Opry; Jeff Taylor, general manager of Country Tonite Theatre; and Kyle Grainger, WVLT reporter.
Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly vacation destination with over 80 attractions including award-winning entertainment. Janelle Arthur, Craig Morgan and Carly Pearce all got their start in Pigeon Forge. The city embarked on a three-city tour to discover new talent that could entertain Pigeon Forge audiences.
For more information, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.
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Group from left to right: Leon Downey; executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism; Jeff Taylor, general manager of Country Tonite Theatre; Kyle Grainger, WVLT reporter; Brenna Beatty, Path to Fame grand champion; John Alexander, Nashville talent executive; Michael Headla, general manager, producer and director of Smoky Mountain Opry; and Sue Carr, marketing manager of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.
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