Motown’s greatest hits coming to JCC stage

From News ReleaseJanuary 27, 2014 

The next Country Music Showcase at Johnston Community College will celebrate Motown’s Greatest Hits.

Shows are scheduled 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road.

Matinee tickets are $10 in advance and $12.50 at the door. Evenings shows are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at jccperformingarts.com or by phone at 919-209-2099. Phone hours are 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The following will perform:

Scott Johnson spent 10 years traveling with a bluegrass gospel group that received vocal and instrumental awards. Also, he has performed with Jeff and Sherry Easter, The Rochesters and Robbie Huffman. Johnson enjoys performing as country legend Conway Twitty.

Kailyn Roberson, 14, survived the first round of “The X Factor,” the second round of “America’s Got Talent” and the third round of “The Winner Is.” She has appeared on stage in “The Secret Garden” and “Cinderella.”

Hayley Hall, 18, has auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” and “American Idol.” She was a regional winner in the Texaco Country Showdown in 2012. Hall performs locally with MojoSoul of Selma. Recently, she was a first-place winner in the national “Stand and Be Heard” National Anthem contest, earning a $5,000 scholarship.

Allan Beam is the lead singer for When Forever Comes, which has performed at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, The Rock Shop in Fayetteville, The Zoo in Charlotte, the Battle of the Bands in Pennsylvania, the 2012 Clayton Harvest Festival and the 2013 Ham & Yam Festival.

For Brandy Parker, February will mark her seventh time in the Country Music Showcase. She has performed at the Howell Woodstock Festival and the Wayne County Fair and is currently a singer in EMERGE, a youth praise band at Stoney Creek Baptist Church in Goldsboro.

Greg Tart has been a backup vocalist in the Country Music Showcase since 2012. He was lead singer for the gospel quartet The Anchormen in 2003, and he has been music director at Stones Creek Church since 2008.

Edward Williams performs periodically at the Prime Steakhouse in Rocky Mount and arranges backup vocals.

Daniel D. Johnson is a professional singer and saxophonist, performing both gospel and jazz music. He was a season premier winner on the FOX TV show “Gimme the Mike.”

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