NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 24, 2018)—Belmont University student Alaya Morris 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.
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.
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."
The final competition will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on June 16 where one grand champion will be selected from 12 competing performers.
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.