Growing up, Smyrna’s Jessica Reynolds had such tall dreams that they could practically reach high enough to give the Man in the Moon a smooth high-five on the backhand side.
Holding her hairbrush like a microphone, Reynolds often imagined she was a star-studded singer who owned the limelight, before a wave of googly-eyed fans. Now at 23, she’ll have the chance to inch her dreams toward a reality when she takes center stage at the historic Smyrna Opera House on Saturday night, during the second round of the singing competition: Smyrna’s Got Talent.
Owning the spotlight
Saturday night Reynolds – who packs a serious punch with her full voice – will belt out two familiar tunes she hopes audiences will get a kick out of hearing in Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” and the Celine Dion classic: “My Heart Will Go On.”
“Those are two different voices, but those are big voices and kind of big shoes to fill,” said Reynolds, a graduate of Smyrna High School. “But I’m up for the challenge.”
She’s also up for striving to make her mark as a star singer – something she hadn’t pursued as vigorously as when she was 16, and not married or dealing with such a hectic life. But as time went on, Reynolds realized she missed performing, and knew auditioning in Smyrna’s Got Voice in late January would feed her passion.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Smyrna’s Got Voice singing competition
WHEN 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24
WHERE Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St., Smyrna
COST $11 advanced tickets; $13 day of tickets; $30 family-four pack (must include two adults and two children)
INFO smyrnaoperahouse.org or call 653-4236
“When you’re not singing, its like a part of you is missing,” she said.
Win or lose, Reynolds is excited to share her talents with the public.
“If I do my best, I hope that will be good enough,” she said.
Similar to Reynolds, 33-year-old Daniele Lundin would also like to use the competition as a way to brush shoulders with folks in the music business, with the goal of becoming a household name in the Christian music community.
The soulful Lundin, of Magnolia, will perform Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” and
Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” As for why she selected both tunes, Lundin responded: “They have a lot of meaning to me, personally, and “Feeling Good” is just a fun song.”
Contrary to the aforementioned singers, 55-year-old Bonnie Lawrence doesn’t have plans of seeing her name in lights. Truth be told, she joined the competition just to show the community that she can hang with her younger competitors.
Page 2 of 2 - And despite having a deeply rooted background in singing gospel, Lawrence is going to step out of her comfort zone a bit, singing Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” and a surprise song.
“A lot of people are going to be surprised,” boasted Lawrence, of Smyrna, who also graduated from Smyrna High School. “I’m going to jump up out of the box to show people what I can do.”
How’s the contest work?
Inspired by FOX’s “American Idol,” the eight remaining contestants (who live in the Smyrna, Kenton and Dover areas) will have an opportunity to sing two vocal selections that best showcase their voice. The audience will vote to decide on the six who will move on to the final round. The judges will offer constructive criticism, but will only vote in case of a tie.
The contest’s finale will be held Saturday, April 21. The top three performers as picked by the audience will earn a cash prize.