NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2019)—Kokomo, Indiana, resident Kassey King reached the final four in the Pigeon Forge Path To Fame talent competition on Saturday, June 22. The singer/songwriter competed against 13 other performers at the Smoky Mountain Opry theater in Pigeon Forge.
King, 20, was one of four semi-finalists selected from 24 Path To Fame contestants at first-round auditions at the Cabaret Theatre in downtown Indianapolis on March 23.
During the final competition, King performed “What Does She Have?,” a song she wrote. The performance garnered the judges’ attention, and King returned to the stage and sang “Crazy For You.” A singer for the past 11 years, King has performed at Kokomo-area festivals, concerts and events, including opening for artists David Cook, Sylvia and Tim Reynolds. Her musical influences are Norah Jones, Fiona Apple and Eva Cassidy, a fact that wasn’t wasted on the judges.
“It’s very easy to hear the comparisons between you and Norah Jones,” said Smoky Mountain Opry General Manager and Producer Michael Headla. “The control you have over your voice is really remarkable.”
While King didn’t claim the grand prize, she did capture the attention of Nashville talent executive and Path To Fame professional mentor John Alexander, co-founder and CEO of BandTwango. “After the competition, I learned that this isn’t the first talent competition that Kassey has entered, and her stage presence certainly demonstrates that. She’s a phenomenal talent in every way.” Alexander discovered country stars Kelsea Ballerini and Patty Loveless, among others.
Frankfort, Kentucky, resident Grayson Thurman, 18, claimed the grand championship prize. He wins a year of monthly consultations with Alexander as well as a career 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 Thurman advance his career.
“The performers represented in the Pigeon Forge Path To Fame championship are representative of the great talent we saw in Birmingham, Lexington and Indianapolis this year,” said Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism Executive Director Leon Downey. “We’re eager to see where each performer’s path to fame takes them but, hopefully, back to 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 and Country Tonite theater, American Idol alum Janelle Arthur, singer/songwriter/actress Diana DeGarmo, 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.