LEXINGTON, Kentucky—Franklin, Tennessee, resident Taylor Hughes won a semifinalist spot in the Pigeon Forge Path To Fame talent competition on Saturday, March 30. Hughes will compete against 11 other performers for the grand championship prize on June 22 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Hughes, 26, was one of four semi-finalists selected from 34 Path To Fame contestants at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington.
A singer/songwriter, Hughes performed “Tennessee Whiskey,” accompanying herself on guitar, to earn her semi-finalist spot. The Lexington, Kentucky, native has won two Lexington Music Awards—one for Best Singer Songwriter and another for Best Song of the Year for her first co-written ballad, I Can’t Love You Like I Said I Could. Hughes has performed in various venues throughout the Nashville. She has opened concerts for Chase Rice and Riley Green.
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. “Taylor 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.