The Wright Kids, WKDE’s (KD Country 105.5 FM) local winner of the Colgate Country Showdown, recently won the Virginia State Final of America’s largest country music talent search. The Rocky Mount, Virginia trio will compete in the regionals on October 23rd in Marietta, Ohio.
Held recently during the State Fair of Virginia, the 29th Annual Colgate Country Showdown Virginia State Final showcased acts who had won a local contest sponsored by radio stations throughout the state. The Wright Kids, representing WKDE of Altavista, beat out seven other acts to take home the state title and $1,000.
The bluegrass acoustic trio of Sage, Baruch and Levi Wright, dazzled the crowd with the driving rhythms and three part harmonies of their songs Outside Help and Upside Down in their brand of country pop and crossover.
The Wright Kids advance to the Northeast Regional at the Marietta Auditorium in Marietta, Ohio on October 23, 2010. Regional winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to perform on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee to compete for $100,000 and the coveted title, “Best New Act in Country Music.”
The Wright Kids (thewrightkids.com) are no strangers to success. They recorded an opening soundtrack for ESPN’s The Bassmasters, received national acclaim as Top 10 finalists on season three of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and recently opened up for Lee Greenwood.
About the Country Colgate Showdown
Each year, more than 50,000 artists compete in local competitions across the U.S. Throughout all four levels – local, state, regional, and national – of competition a uniform judging system is used. The 1-10 point scoring system is used for the following categories: Marketability in Country Music, Vocal/Instrumental Ability, Originality of Performance; Stage Presence/Charisma and Talent with bonus points for Song Writing. Past local, state, and regional winners include: Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Sara Evans. Log on to colgatecountryshowdown.com for more information.
WKDE’s FM station, KD Country, is licensed to Altavista, Virginia, and serves the Altavista/Bedford/Lynchburg and Roanoke area. KD Country broadcasts a True Country format on 105.5 FM in the Lynchburg area and 96.6 FM in Roanoke, and streams live at kdcountry.com/.
WKDE-AM (News Talk AM 1000) airs some of today’s most popular talk radio hosts, including Neal Boortz, Clark Howard and Michael Smerconish. The station is licensed to Altavista, Virginia, serving Southern Campbell County, Virginia and Northern Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
Both stations are locally owned and operated by DJ Broadcasting, Inc.