LEXINGTON, Kentucky—Mt. Vernon, Kentucky, resident Courtney Arnold won a semifinalist spot in the Pigeon Forge Path To Fame talent competition on Saturday, March 30. Arnold will compete against 11 other performers for the grand championship prize on June 22 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Arnold, 26, is one of four semi-finalists selected from 34 Path To Fame contestants at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington. She performed “Pocket Full of Gold,” accompanying herself on guitar, to earn her semi-finalist spot.
Arnold began performing at the age of five when her voice captured the attention of her grandmother. She later moved to Kentucky in 2014 to sing full time at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center where she completed five seasons. Arnold has opened concerts for Hall of Fame members Ricky Skaggs and Brenda Lee and was invited to “sit in” with country artists Vince Gill & The Time Jumpers at Nashville’s famed Third & Lindsley venue.
The Pigeon Forge Path To Fame talent competition grand champion will win a year of monthly consultations with the Nashville-based talent executive who discovered Grammy nominated artist Kelsea Ballerini. Also, the winner will receive a consultation with country artist Carly Pearce. Professional photography and videography session, media training and introductions to other entertainment industry executives complete the grand prize package which includes tools to help the winner advance his/her/their career.
“Lexington drew a wide variety of exceptionally talented performers to our Path To Fame auditions on Saturday,” said Nashville entertainment executive John Alexander. “Courtney and the other three finalists certainly established themselves as contenders for the grand prize to be awarded at the June 22 finals in Pigeon Forge.”
Home to a variety of musical productions and dinner shows, Pigeon Forge’s theatre community has helped launch the careers of Pearce, who performed at Dollywood theme park, American Idol alum Janelle Arthur, Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan and soap star Eric Martsolf.
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.