BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—Jasper, Alabama, resident Joshua Wade won a semifinalist spot in the Pigeon Forge Path To Fame talent competition on Saturday, April 13. Wade will compete against 13 other performers for the 2019 grand championship prize on June 22 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Wade, 25, was one of six semi-finalists selected from 24 Path To Fame contestants at WorkPlay in downtown Birmingham.
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.
“Birmingham brought out some incredibly talented performers on Saturday,” said Nashville entertainment executive John Alexander. “Our final stop nicely rounds out the Path To Fame finals on June 22 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.
Wade performed “To the Table,” accompanying himself on guitar, to earn his semi-finalist spot. He grew up singing and has been performing with a worship band for three years. He has performed at several area churches and Freedom Fest in Bear Creek.
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.