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17-Year-Old Singer/Songwriter Named Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition Grand Champion

Springfield, Tennessee’s Brenna Beatty will begin a 12-month career development program with Nashville-based talent executive as well as perform at Pigeon Forge theaters.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 18, 2018) — A 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Springfield, Tennessee, was named grand champion of the Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition on Saturday (June 16) at the Smoky Mountain Opry. Brenna Beatty was selected from 12 contestants all vying for the title.

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, who was one of four judges for the finals, will work with Beatty, a prolific songwriter, and establish instrumental industry meetings with top executives, songwriters and more.

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 Saturday’s finals. Contestants competed for a grand prize package that includes a 12-month career mentorship with Alexander and a consultation with Ballerini.

Beatty has written over 500 songs in the last six years. She taught herself to play piano and learned how to play guitar using YouTube videos at just 11 years old. Born into a musical family, Beatty’s father was lead singer of a band for most of her life. She 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 singer/songwriter started performing in her parents’ bar in Oregon until the adventure-seeking family packed it all up in a fifth wheel trailer and moved across the country so Beatty could be closer to Music City to further her career. Beatty constantly seeks opportunities to develop her songwriting skills. In addition to seeking mentors and playing as many gigs as she can in Nashville, Tenn., she has participated in the Use Your Gift Foundation where she recorded a five-song EP. Founded by Firefall drummer Sandy Ficca, Use Your Gift provides mentoring to aspiring performing artists. She has opened for Nashville local Meghan Linsey in addition to Trick Pony, Dylan Scott and more.

Each contestant performed in front of a live audience and a diverse panel of judges. Alexander was joined by Michael Headla, general manager, producer and director of the Smoky Mountain Opry, Jeff Taylor, general manager of Country Tonite Theatre; and Kyle Grainger, WVLT-Knoxville reporter.

“There was a lot of incredible talent on stage at the final competition. Brenna’s songwriting is on par with successful musicians today,” said Alexander. “When the music industry meets her, they will see the same ‘it’ factor we saw radiating from her at the auditions and in Pigeon Forge.”

Beatty will return to Pigeon Forge to perform at a number of the theaters along the Parkway, receive media training, headshots, studio time and a shopping spree.

The top three finalists included the duo, Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol, Tenn., and Taylor Deaton from Springboro, Ohio. Deaton won in more than one way when her boyfriend, Zack Fogelman, proposed on stage during the final competition.

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 about the Path to Fame Talent Competition, visit www.PFFame.com. For more information about Pigeon Forge, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.

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Media Contact:
Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350

Springboro Vocalist Taylor Deaton Lands in Final Three of Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition on June 16

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 18, 2018) — Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition hosted its final round at Smoky Mountain Opry on Saturday, June 16, where 12 contestants performed. Taylor Deaton, from Springboro, Ohio, advanced to the top three.

Deaton showcased her powerful vocals on a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece.” She returned to the stage to perform “I’m The Only One” by Melissa Etheridge in the final round. View performance here.

While Deaton didn’t claim the competition’s grand prize, she did gain a fiancé in Pigeon Forge. Surprising her on stage, Deaton’s boyfriend, Zack Fogelman, also from Springboro, proposed and the couple is now engaged.

“I’m a busy mom of three and a full-time cosmetology student, but music is my passion,” said Deaton. “I’m most excited about the opportunity that this competition presents.”

“It takes such strength to get out on stage and do what these contestants did today,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We are fortunate to have a robust theater community in Pigeon Forge and we are thrilled to be able to give this opportunity to performers looking to advance their careers.”

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 for Country Tonite Theatre; and Kyle Grainger, WVLT reporter.

The top three finalists include the duo, Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol, Tenn., and grand champion Brenna Beatty from Springfield, Tenn.

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 about the Path to Fame Talent Competition, visit www.PFFame.com. For more information about Pigeon Forge, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos and b-roll of PathToFameFinals.

Media Contact:
Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350

Bristol Duo Lands in Final Three of Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition on June 16

Cross-state drive to first audition proves a wise decision for Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 18, 2018) — Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition hosted its final round at Smoky Mountain Opry on Saturday, June 16, where 12 contestants performed. Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox, from Bristol, Tenn., advanced to the top three.

19-year-old Tragler and 21-year-old Simcox are a duo on stage and in life. The couple performed “Poison and Wine” by The Civil Wars and won over the judges with their harmonies and Simcox’s impressive guitar skills. Tragler and Simcox left Bristol, Tenn. at 3 a.m. to audition in Nashville, Tenn. on April 21. View performance here.

“Even if we didn’t make it at the auditions, even if we didn’t place in the top three, we just love playing music. That’s why we are here,” said Simcox.

“It takes such strength to get out on stage and do what these contestants did today,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “We are fortunate to have a robust theater community in Pigeon Forge and we are thrilled to be able to give this opportunity to performers looking to advance their careers.”

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 Saturday’s 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 for Country Tonite Theatre; and Kyle Grainger, WVLT reporter.

 

The top three finalists include Taylor Deaton from Springboro, Ohio, and grand champion Brenna Beatty from Springfield, Tenn.

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 about the Path to Fame Talent Competition, visit www.PFFame.com. For more information about Pigeon Forge, visit www.MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos and b-roll of PathToFameFinals.

Media Contact:
Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350

“Amazing Animals™ Pet Show” returns for third season at Comedy Barn® Theater in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., May 31, 2018–The Comedy Barn® Theater’s all-new “Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show” in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is back for a third summer matinee season with lots of fun barnyard animals from the very big to the very small, and from the real to the make-believe.  The “Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show” features animals that range in size from a magically appearing 5-foot-7-inch pink panther to the microscopic marvel of a flea circus.  Besides these animals, there is a talking pig, other trained pigs (one goes through an obstacle course!), an egg-laying rooster, a dragon lizard, a Burmese albino python, an African King Cobra snake and a donkey who counts and dances. There are trained cats and dogs, a baby lynx, a marmoset monkey, an owl, a lemur, some trained parrots and plenty of magic doves and chickens. Some of the animals are stuffed, such as a monkey puppet who appears with his ventriloquist or an animatronic chicken.

Last but not least for those itching for fun, the greatest ringmaster demonstrates his world famous teeny Australian trained flea performers in his Flea Circus. The fleas do circus tricks, and guests will be amazed to see the world’s strongest flea, a flea drives a car blindfolded, a flea jumps off the high dive, a flea juggles a ball, and a flea shot out of a cannon.

This two-hour pet show combines the talents of trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs and a mini-donkey all performing with costuming and choreography together in an “Amazing Amimal™ Pet Show” at The Comedy Barn® Theater at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays beginning June 2.  The show runs through Saturday, Aug. 18. There are animal educational segments as well as performing segments, and there is also audience participation as children from the audience are called up to the stage to do the “Chicken Dance” and the “Cha Cha Slide.”

“Animals are the most amazing creatures, and our ‘Amazing Animals Pet Show’ features animal antics, zany comedy and a cast of fuzzy, furry, feathered and four-legged friends,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn® Theater.  “We have a wonderful mix of music, comedy, mayhem and animals.”

“Come experience our ‘Amazing Animals Pet Show,’” said Jim Hedrick, co-owner of The Comedy Barn® Theater.  “Come see the remarkable ventriloquist talent of Kyle Scribner. Kyle has some amazing animal puppets which come to life, and they will make you laugh until you cry.  His character is a cross between Gilligan and Ernest.  He always tries hard but he ends up a little short each time.”

Anthony, Alena King and their trained “comedy critters” (house animals and farm animals) perform in the “Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show.” They have performed at The Comedy Barn® Theater for the last five years.  They have appeared on Animal Planet’s “Pet Star,” “The Tonight Show,” and at theme parks, festivals, fairs, pet expos, conventions and corporate events across the country. They have also performed in theaters in Branson, Mo., in “The Comedy Pet Variety Show” in Lakeland, Fla., as well as in the Royal Hanneford Circus.

“Tony and Alena King are bringing back their amazing animal act to The ‘Amazing Animal Pet Show,’” Fee said.  “Tony and Alena are phenomenally talented animal trainers and performers, and it is incredible what their animals can do.  Tony and Alena have a unique, family-friendly act that combines their extraordinary pets with magic, acrobatics, and audience participation. They have rescued most of these animals from shelters all over the country, and now they are Pigeon Forge stars.

King is a former accomplished aerialist and high wire walker. His wife, Alena, is originally from Russia and attended circus school in Russia.  She is a former aerialist and fire spinner.

“Come see Tony’s mini pigs ham it up at The Comedy Barn,” Fee said.  “These pigs can even check the mail!”  Pig stars Boris Bacon and Jessie Ham perform comedy, do flag rising, hurdle jumping, ball playing, bell ringing and pig waltzing, and they even roll out the red carpet!

Ten high diving domestic housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, zigzag, do a high step routine, balance on an Olympic pole, upside-down walk, and do super jumps, and they even do a high diving stunt.

Fee said, “Also starring in The Amazing Animals Pet Show at The Comedy Barn Theater is a Comedy Barn Canine act where the dogs do hurdle jumps and barrel rolls, they roll over, they do a hind leg stand and they even jump rope.”

Charlie the communicating mini-donkey is another part of “The Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show.”  “Charlie is the only donkey in Pigeon Forge who understands humans,” Fee said.  “The audience can watch him shake his head yes or no to their questions. He can also add, subtract and even guess people’s age.

“This show also has trained parrots,” said Fee.  “Come see birds flying through rings right over your head,” Fee said.  “They also do comedy, skate, ride scooters and bicycles, perform on the high wire, dance, pull carts, see-saw, do foot juggling, fly through rings and many other feats.”

Country magician Greg Franklin, known as “Farmer Clem” in “The Comedy Barn®” show, also appears in the “Amazing Animals ™ Pet Show” and does magic tricks with animals. He previously worked at the Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley.

There will also be a magical appearance from Lindsay Hamm as she reprises her role as the Pink Panther and stage assistant.  Hamm was a member of last year’s “Amazing Animals” ™ cast and has also previously performed in “Magic Beyond Belief.” ™   Also appearing will be Rebecca Krebs, exotic animal exhibitor and educator.

The production team includes David Fee and Jim Hedrick, executive producers; Robert Kalina, director; Justin Manning, video and lights; David Rains, audio; and Colin Tillman and Ken Wagner, stage technicians.

For more information visit AmazingAnimals.com or call the box office at (865) 428-5222 or 1-800-29-LAUGH. Ticket prices are $34.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11. The theater is located at 2775 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Smoky Mountain Opry™” “The Comedy Barn,” ® The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,™” and “Magic Beyond Belief™ starring Darren Romeo.”

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CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom, (865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877; Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

Pigeon Forge Hosts Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals on June 16

Twelve contestants selected from three audition cities will compete for the grand champion title during a free show at Smoky Mountain Opry.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 30, 2018) – Pigeon Forge hosts the Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals at Smoky Mountain Opry (2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863) on Saturday, June 16. The free show starts at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Twelve semi-finalists vying to be named grand champion will perform in front of a diverse panel of judges: John Alexander, Nashville-based talent executive, Michael Headla, entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment, and Jeff Taylor, general manager for Country Tonite Theatre. Four semi-finalists were selected from each audition city; Cincinnati on April 14, Nashville on April 21 and Atlanta on May 12.

The four semi-finalists from Ohio are:
Taylor Deaton from Springboro;
Sheila Gardner from Fairfield;
duo Michaela Back from Mason and Aaron Cramer from Cincinnati;
male trio BL3SSED from Cincinnati.

The four semi-finalists from Tennessee are:
Brenna Beatty from Springfield;
Alaya Morris from Nashville;
duo Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol;
family trio Sheridan Hill from Mt. Juliet.

The four semi-finalists from Georgia are:
Jadyn Williams from Tallapoosa;
Sara Kays from Avondale Estates;
Isaac Streetman from Aragon;
Morgan Shaw from Euharlee.

“Whether they are repeat visitors or first-timers, each Path to Fame contestant expressed enthusiasm to perform at one of Pigeon Forge’s renowned theaters,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Spectacular shows are the pulse of the Pigeon Forge Parkway and create an everlasting impact on our visitors. Our Path to Fame talent competition recognizes the Pigeon Forge theater community and brings this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the semi-finalists looking to launch their own paths to fame.”

Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent over a decade at Great American Country television network, managed artists such as Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

Pigeon Forge is a family-friendly vacation destination that offers more than 80 attractions, including award-winning entertainment that helped launch the careers of recording artists Carly Pearce, Janelle Arthur and Craig Morgan. More information about Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

Media contact: Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350

Army Veteran, Country Music Hitmaker Craig Morgan Headlines Pigeon Forge’s July Fourth Patriot Festival

The all-American celebration will conclude with an elaborate fireworks display.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 21, 2018) – Craig Morgan, United States Army veteran and Grand Ole Opry member, is set to headline the 28th annual Patriot Festival, Pigeon Forge’s Independence Day celebration. Morgan takes the stage immediately before an elaborate fireworks display lights up the night sky with the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.

“We look forward to the Patriot Festival all year long here in Pigeon Forge,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “This year feels extra special with Army veteran and Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan capping off a day of great music and ushering in spectacular fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.”

This free festival will take place in Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park; festivities begin at noon. Food vendors and a kids’ carnival will be available for guests to enjoy. Onstage entertainment starts at 1:30 p.m. and will continue into the night.  The fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.

In addition to a variety of local entertainers, the band Electric Avenue, an eighties pop tribute band, also performs. Electric Avenue has been invited to share stages around the world by Pat Benatar, Kid Rock, Jimmy Kimmel and more.  The authentic eighties group performs hit songs from decade favorites such as Tears for Fears, Wham!, David Bowie and Prince, just to name a few.

Patriot Festival guests will recognize Morgan’s six-week #1 hit “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and signature hits including “Bonfire,” “Almost Home” and “Redneck Yacht Club.”  The multi-talented entertainer hosts the award-winning television show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” currently in its sixth season on Outdoor Channel. Morgan previously spent 17 years serving in the Army and Army Reserves.

Patriot Festival guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Umbrellas, tents, and coolers will not be permitted. Free parking will be provided at the Teaster Lane Municipal parking lot, and a free shuttle will operate every 20 minutes between the lot and festival site.

Additional information regarding the festival and Pigeon Forge can be found at MyPigeonForge.com or by calling 800-251-9100.

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Craig Morgan photo available for download here.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

Media Contact:
Trish McGee
tmcgee@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189

 

Four Performers Advance to Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals from Atlanta Auditions

More than 100 people registered for open call auditions in Atlanta on May 12.

ATLANTA (May 14, 2018) — Four performers advanced in Saturday’s Path to Fame Atlanta auditions at Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre where more than 100 people registered for a chance to further their entertainment careers.

The four semi-finalists from Georgia are:
Jadyn Williams from Tallapoosa;
Sara Kays from Avondale Estates;
Isaac Streetman from Aragon;
Morgan Shaw from Euharlee.

Four performers are one step closer to realizing a lifetime dream of an entertainment career. Nashville-based talent executive John Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with GRAMMY-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent over a decade at Great American Country television network, managed artists such as Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

“Atlanta brought out a number of talented performers, and I look forward to working with any one of them for the next year,” Alexander said. “I can’t wait to see this group perform again at the finals in Pigeon Forge. Narrowing down our semi-finalists to one grand champion will not be easy, but I’m confident whoever is selected will be eager to jumpstart their entertainment career.”

On her 14th birthday, Jadyn Williams impressed the judges with her performance of “All I Want” by Kodaline. She is a member of the Georgia 4-H Clovers and Company choral group and regularly performs around the state of Georgia.

Sara Kays’ musical career began at the age of 11 on the day her mother gifted her with a guitar. Several years later, Kays showcased her sweet vocals and attention-getting ukulele skills during her original song performance on Saturday at the Strand Theatre. She is transferring to Murfreesboro’s Middle Tennessee State University in the fall to pursue music business studies.

Inspired by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Chris Stapleton, Isaac Streetman is a vocalist and guitarist. He performed “Midnight Train to Memphis” by The Steeldrivers which secured his position in the finals. In addition to performing at church, festivals and restaurants near his hometown, Streetman recently advanced to the Hollywood auditions as a season one contestant of ABC Network’s “American Idol.”

Music has been an important part of Morgan Shaw’s life for as long as she can remember. Influenced by Miranda Lambert and Loretta Lynn, the first-time mom-to-be performed “Unlove You” by Jennifer Nettles. She currently performs at festivals and venues in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee with her full band.

The final competition will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on June 16 where one grand champion will be selected from 12 competing performers who were selected in Cincinnati and Nashville.

More information for the Path to Fame Talent Competition can be found at PFFame.com. More information about visiting Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos and b-roll of PigeonForgePathtoFameAtlantaAuditions.

Group photo identification from L to R: Sue Carr, marketing manager for the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism; Otis, 94.9 The Bull’s “O-Show” host; Morgan Shaw; Isaac Streetman; Jadyn Williams; Sara Kays; John Alexander, Nashville talent executive; Michael Headla, entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

Media contact:            Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350

 

Fee/Hedrick Names Keller General Manager/Executive Producer of Hatfield & Mccoy Dinner Feud™

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 3, 2018) – The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™, a Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group production, has announced the hiring of Kimball Keller as general manager/executive producer for The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Theater.

Kimball has more than 25 years of combined, progressive experience in the entertainment industry–from stage performer to senior management. His professional leadership experience includes roles with Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey, Criss Angel’s “Believe” Cirque de Soleil, Valitar and several other private business ventures.

“I am thrilled to have Kimball with us in his new role as general manager/executive producer of The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment. “He is an accomplished and talented senior management professional who is well-known in the entertainment industry. He has hit the ground running with tremendous energy and enthusiasm.

“His previous show/circus management experience and overall entertainment background will play a vital role in the continued success of The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Theater,” says Fee.

Keller graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in aviation management. He joined Feld Entertainment, Inc., as part of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus in Vienna, Va., in 2001 as the operations manager then production manager for 300 annual shows. He monitored the fleet during rail to arena transfers, oversaw a staff of 250-300, and was in charge of, animals, cast and crew, safety and train movements. From 2003-2007 Keller was an entertainment consultant/executive producer for K & W Extreme Shows in Jacksonville, Fla. Other highlights of his career include being head of department/head rigger for Criss Angel’s “Believe” Cirque du Soleil show at the MGM Resort International, The Luxor, in Las Vegas, Nev. He most recently served as vice president of international show operations and logistics, domestic animal welfare and sponsorship programs for Family Entertainment, Inc., in Seagoville, Texas, working with The Shrine Circuses.

When not working, Keller enjoys spending time with his family and three dachshunds. His hobbies include: flying, horses, skiing, boating, model trains, antique tractors, and numerous other outdoor activities.

The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” is a hilarious hit production inspired by real-life events that will put a mountain feast in people’s bellies and a smile on their faces, as they watch a lively talent competition between Pa Hatfield and Ma McCoy and their clans where the battlefield is the stage and a brand-new swimming hole that is coming soon. This two-hour live show offers loads of laughs including a rowdy battle at a barn dance, extraordinary country, bluegrass, and gospel vocal and instrumental musical performances, and award winning hillbilly musicians and cloggers. The feud is kicked-off most every day at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly with occasional 2 p.m. matinees and guests of all ages in the audience are encouraged to support their own side of Hatfield or McCoy “kinfolks.”

This feudin’ show comes with a Granny’s ‘All You Can Eat’ mountain fest, served by a hillbilly waiter or waitress.  Granny’s menu includes: all-you-can-eat feudin’ fried chicken, open pit pulled-to-pieces pork barbecue, Granny’s creamy chicken soup, smashed mashed taters, buttery corn on the cob, Ma’s homemade bread, no tellin’ what’s in it coleslaw and specialty desserts. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.

For more information about the show, visit www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge between WonderWorks and the Titanic.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces four other major shows in the Smoky Mountain including “The Comedy Barn®”, “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo. In addition, the company produces a summer seasonal “Amazing Animals®” show at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

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Four Performers Advance to Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals from Nashville Auditions

More than 150 people registered for open call auditions in Nashville on April 21.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 24, 2018) — Four performers advanced in Saturday’s Path to Fame Nashville auditions at Skyville Live where more than 150 people registered for a chance to advance their entertainment careers.

The four semi-finalists from Tennessee are:
female vocalist Brenna Beatty from Springfield;
female vocalist Alaya Morris from Nashville;
duo Ashley Tragler and Christian Simcox from Bristol;
family trio Sheridan Hill from Mt. Juliet.

Four performers advanced one step closer to realizing a lifetime dream of an entertainment career. Nashville-based talent executive John Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with GRAMMY-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent over a decade at Great American Country television network, managed artists such as Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

“The incredible talent Music City is known for was well represented at the auditions on Saturday. Our semi-finalists possess that hard-to-define ‘it’ factor and are actively pursuing ways to pursue their path to fame,” Alexander said. “This group is one step closer to achieving that dream with the proper connections and opportunities that winning this competition would provide.”

Beatty is an aspiring singer-songwriter actively pursuing performing opportunities surrounding her hometown and writes at least five songs every week. Last year, her supportive family moved across the country from Oregon to Music City to make the 17-year-old’s dream more attainable. Beatty performs at writers’ rounds and anywhere she has the opportunity to share her music in Nashville and the surrounding areas. She performed an original song “Georgia.”

Morris stunned the judges with her powerful vocal performance of “I’m Goin’ Down” by Mary J. Blige. The Belmont student is a commercial voice major gearing up for graduation in December and looking for ways to continue making her passion for music the center of her life. She performs with a vocal ensemble and does background vocalist studio work.

The duo Ashley & Christian met on their church’s worship team and immediately felt a musical and personal connection. The couple has been performing together for several years in the Tri-Cities area and shared an acoustic rendition of Chris & Morgane Stapleton’s “You Are My Sunshine” that perfectly highlighted Christian’s instrumentals and Ashley’s voice.

Sheridan Hill of Mt. Juliet is made up of two brothers and their father, who had actively been pursuing his own musical career when he discovered his two sons’ own talent. The group performs original music and a variety of covers from Americana to R&B genres. Sheridan Hill brought its own spin of acoustic instruments and harmonizing vocals to the stage during its performance of an original song “Long Way Down.”

The final competition will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on June 16 where one grand champion will be selected from 12 competing performers.

Performers have one more opportunity to audition for the Path to Fame Talent Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, May 12.

More information for the Path to Fame Talent Competition can be found at PFFame.com. More information about visiting Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos of PigeonForgePathtoFameNashvilleAuditions.

Link to b-roll of PigeonForgePathtoFameNashvilleAuditions.

Group photo identification from L to R: Sue Carr, marketing manager for the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism; John Alexander, Nashville talent executive; Christian Simcox, semi-finalist; Ashley Tragler, semi-finalist; Brenna Beatty, semi-finalist; Alaya Morris, semi-finalist; Dylan Beavers, semi-finalist; Dakota Beavers, semi-finalist; Lance Beavers, semi-finalist; Michael Headla, entertainment director for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment; Zac Woodward, on-air personality at WRVW-FM 107.5 The River.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

Media contact:
Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350

Four Cincinnati Performers Advance to Path to Fame Talent Competition Finals

More than 200 people registered for open call auditions in Cincinnati on April 14.

CINCINNATI (April 17, 2018) — Four Cincinnati performers advanced in Saturday’s Path to Fame auditions at the 20th Century Theater where more than 200 people registered for a chance to advance their entertainment careers.

The four semi-finalists from Ohio are:
female vocalist Taylor Deaton from Springboro;
female vocalist Sheila Gardner from Fairfield;
duo Michaela Back from Mason and Aaron Cramer from Cincinnati;
male trio BL3SSED from Cincinnati.

Performers lined up outside the venue as early as 2 a.m. for a chance to audition. Four advanced one step closer to realizing a lifetime dream of an entertainment career. Nashville-based talent executive John Alexander will focus on artist development with the grand champion, including career development consultations with GRAMMY-nominated, platinum-selling country star Kelsea Ballerini and other entertainment executives representing all aspects of the entertainment industry. Alexander discovered Ballerini, spent over a decade at Great American Country television network, managed artists such as Patty Loveless and is co-founder of the Nashville-based artist development company Bandtwango.

“The number and caliber of performers at Saturday’s auditions in Cincinnati demonstrate how important it is to help connect music industry professionals with up-and-coming talent in hopes of advancing these performers’ careers,” Alexander said. “These four acts brought their best on Saturday and achieved that next step. Cincinnati is rich with entertainment, and they’ll represent this city well in the Pigeon Forge finals.”

Deaton performed a soaring rendition of Adele’s “One and Only.” The solo, female vocalist showcases her broad range performing music from country to soul genres. She realized her dream of singing when she was eight years old and had the urge to sing a Dixie Chicks song onstage at a strawberry festival. She has not stopped performing since that moment.

Gardner, a vocal instructor in the Cincinnati area, performed “Not for the Life of Me” from the Broadway production “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Gardner has over 30 years of solo, group, and stage performing experience and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry House and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. as well as numerous venues in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

The duo Michaela & Aaron, performed an acoustic version of Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s.” The couple met in high school and have been singing together for five years. Most recently, Michaela & Aaron have booked performances throughout the tri-state area.

BL3SSED is a gospel trio of best friends Jamaal McMullen, Davosk Lavizzo and Ke’Vaughn McDowell. The group has been performing together for over six years. They showcased their electric harmonies in a performance of “Old Enough” by the William John Brothers.

The final competition will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on June 16 where one grand champion will be selected from 12 competing performers.

Performers have two more opportunities to audition for the Path to Fame Talent Competition—in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, April 21, and Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, May 12.

More information for the Path to Fame Talent Competition can be found at PFFame.com. More information about visiting Pigeon Forge is available at MyPigeonForge.com.

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Link to photos of PigeonForgePathtoFameCincinnatiAuditions.

Link to b-roll of PigeonForgePathtoFameCincinnatiAuditions.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at MyPigeonForge.com or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

Media contact:
Jess Pangrazio
jpangrazio@bohanideas.com
615-327-1189 ext. 350