Country Showdown prelim winners

The Country Showdown preliminary winners Friday are in front, from left, Joey and Juna of Juna N Joey and Sadie Miller; in back, MT Miller and Stephen Quinn.

LIVE OAK — The second Country Showdown preliminary Friday at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park yielded four more winners.

The preliminary winners, including the July 20 final prelim, will advance to the Regional Final on July 27.

The SOSMP is hosting the regional talent search along with Live Oak’s country radio station WQHL 98.1-FM. WQHL’s early morning DJ Scott Berns is the emcee and will be through the July 20 and July 27 upcoming prelims and final.

Contestants, including two acts that had never been to the SOSMP before, gave outstanding performances Friday in the Music Hall where a large number of country fans gave roaring approval throughout the evening.

Winners were Juna N Joey, (an amazing West Palm teen brother/sister country duo making their first appearance at the SOSMP), Sadie Miller (a 10-year-old Branford singing sensation), Stephen Quinn (a Jacksonville up and coming country artist well-known in Nashville) and MT Miller (an amazing guitarist/singer/songwriter who sounds like Willie Nelson and other old country greats and make his first appearance at the SOSMP) of Daytona.

Those four advanced to the Regional Final along with the June 29 winners Sondra Hunt Band, Katie Ondrejicka, Amanda Gilbert and Reggie Stacy along with the upcoming July 20 winners where just one act will be chosen to move to the SE semifinal, also held at the SOSMP.

The SE semifinal winner goes to Nashville to compete for the national title of Best New Act in Country Music.

Other artists competing Friday were Kassidy Kolwyck (McAlpin), Trinity Ann Martinez (Inverness) and Vince Carver (Lake City).

The Country Showdown, the longest running country music competition in the nation, holds its talent search nationwide and is in its 37th year. The SOSMP has been the North Florida home of this competition since 2008, sending four acts to the Nashville national competition with one winning the national title.

For those wishing to compete in the final preliminary, go to www.musicliveshere.com/countryshowdown and sign up. Please call Stephanie at 386-364-1683 or email her at stephanie@musicliveshere.com with any questions about signing up.

Doors to the Music Hall open at 6 p.m. July 20 for dinner. Show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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