The Inspirational Country Music Association was on the road again this weekend in their search for new talent. As the Showdowns are wrapping up, ICMA made its next to last stop by heading out west to Carlsbad, New Mexico. The event, hosted at P.R. Leyva Auditorium, was met with a variety of talent.
The Nashville Talent Showdown has now partnered with Mike Huckabee and his new show on TBN called “Huckabee” to bring the Huckabee Young Musician Award. This award is for any musician age 10-18. The regional finalist from each of the remaining competitions will move on to compete in the Finale in Nashville. The Grand Finale winner receives a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to perform on “Huckabee”.
In the adult division, Courtney Bradford took first place with her rendition of “The Prayer”, originally by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.
Courtney, a Carlsbad resident was cheered on by her family who attended the event as well in support.
Tirzah Dach, also a Carlsbad resident, went on to place second after singing “On My Knees” by Jaci Valesquez.
Lastly the duo Joseph and Robert Sturdevant, who placed third, provided a rock ballad for the event with their version of “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran.
Youth division also brought a unique platform to the competition this weekend. Audrey Martinez, a young woman who traveled from Artesia, New Mexico placed first.
The Huckabee Young Musician Award went to Robert Sturdevant who performed a guitar piece by Avenge Seven Fold.
Judges for the Nashville Talent Showdown in Carlsbad, New Mexico were Jeff Bates, Buddy Jewell, Lisa Daggs, and Chuck Day.
Ronnie Horton was the Emcee for the event.
The first place winner will advance on to the finals on November 10, 2018 in Nashville, TN to compete for the Grand Finale Title of the Nashville Talent Showdown Winner. The Grand Finale Winner will get the opportunity to perform during the 24th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House on April 4, 2019 in Nashville, TN.