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Indy Idol showcases talent; Bria reigns champion

Riley Bria, (middle) surrounded by fellow-competitors, wins Indy Idol competition. Photos by Deidra Alexander, IHS sophomore. 
Indy Idol winner, Riley Bria, claimed the title as Indy Idol champion at the Independence High School singing competition last night.

Contestants expertly belted out songs of various genres with professionalism and talent at the red carpet event, while dressed in their finest black ties, sparkles and satin for the competition.

Many contestants accompanied their vocal performances with guitar, piano or ukulele, with a few original songs in the mix. 
Professionals with music and entertainment experience including Dennis Kurttilia, Nise Davies, and Melinda Roberts served as community judges for the competition.

Riley Bria

Bria performed an original ballad, which he sung accompanied by his guitar. The audience roared after his tender performance of the song about reflecting on love lost with memorable lyrics – “Kisses like bitter honey lies.” Also, Bria rose to acclaim as a high school musician when he played with country superstar and guitar virtuoso Keith Urban at the 2012 American Country Music Awards.

As the winning prize, Bria will get studio time with world-renowned songwriter Michael Farron.

Farron, longtime songwriter with Michael W. Smith, wrote “Let It Rain,” a piece that made international news recently when it was featured during South African President Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

MaryLee Atenhan, Vocal Music Director, previously said that it doesn’t get much better than that for youngsters, who are exceptionally talented and motivated to pursue a career in music performance.
The event served as a fundraiser for Independence’s award-winning show choir.
“We are fundraising for our next competition in Cincinnati. We are trying to raise money to cover bus transportation,” Atenhan said.

Posted on: 1/29/2014


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