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This has been Laura Terry’s year.
The 22-year-old Mount Washington resident was named one of the 2013 Bullitt County Vocalists of the Year at the Bullitt County Fair and recently the winner of Mike Linnig’s Southern Starlet singing contest at the Kentucky State Fair. The Southern Starlet contest focuses on country music.
The contest lasted a whole day. Terry said tryouts were in the morning and they crowned the winners that same night.
She said the key was sticking to what she knows. She sings all types and different variations of music from opera to rock, but country is what she’s most comfortable with.
Terry said she stuck to what she knows. In fact, she sang the same songs that helped her to win at the fair: “ A Broken Wing” and “Blown Away.”
“I told the judges those two songs were my good luck charms before I started,” she said.
Terry said she decided to perform the same songs again because she thinks they’re the best fit to show off her voice.
“I thought wouldn’t it be funny if I win this year (since I was one of the Bullitt County Vocalists of the Year too),” Terry said.
And those songs helped her to win a first place trophy, $100 and a chance to perform during the restaurant’s music festival in the spring.
“It’s just nice to kind of get your name out there and show off your talent,” she said.
This was her second year competing in the country contest. She placed third last year.
Now that she won, Terry cannot compete in the ountry singing contest for five years now.
But she’s not going to let that stop her for entering everything else that she can.
“It’s definitely an accomplishment,” Terry said. “I didn’t think I won. It’s definitely something special to know you are the best adult singer in the county and then to go to the state fair and win the best in country music.”
Terry was also a finalist in the restaurant’s contest, “So You Think You Can Sing?,” which she plans to pursue this again.
“This has been the best year ever as far as my singing goes,” she said.