INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana—Center Point, Indiana, resident Emma Murphy, 14, won a semifinalist spot in the Pigeon Forge Path To Fame talent competition on Saturday, March 23. Murphy will compete against 11 other performers for the grand championship prize on June 22 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Murphy was one of four semi-finalists selected from 24 Path To Fame contestants at the Cabaret Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.
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.
Indianapolis has a thriving entertainment scene, and we saw proof of that at the Path To Fame auditions on Saturday,” said Nashville entertainment executive John Alexander. “We discovered four extremely talented solo vocalists who have set the bar extremely high for 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.
Saturday’s Path To Fame competition was Murphy’s first performance. According to the teen-ager, it was her family’s support that encouraged her to perform. Murphy sang “Dibs,” a song that was taken to the top of the charts by country artist Kelsea Ballerini, one of Murphy’s musical influences. She also lists Carrie Underwood as one of her influences when it comes to singing and performing.
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.