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Singing with The King

March 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Congratulations to the Vocal and Songwriting Winners for this year’s Singing with The King™!

Grade 5 & Under

1. Eva Brooke Sweeney – Tupelo, MS

2. Skye Dodge – Tupelo, MS

3. Annelise Fagan – Tupelo, MS

Photo:  Demi VanderWerff, with Eva, Skye, and Annelise.

Grade 6 – 8

1. Mary Chapel Whitehead – Tupelo, MS

2. Dalton Burney – Coffeeville, MS

3. Seairra Westmoreland – Mooreville, MS

Photo:  Mary Chapel, Dalton, and Seairra.

Grades 9 – 12

1. Valerie Robertson – Hamilton, AL

2. Rheagan Skelton – Potts Camp, MS

3. Cole Herrington – Tupelo, MS

Photo:  Cole, Rheagan, and Valerie, with Buzzy Orange.


1. Natalie Robertson – Hamilton, AL

2. Josie Beth Jones – Hamilton, AL

3. Coulter Clement – Water Valley, MS

Photo:  Coulter, Josie Beth, and Natalie, with Clay Mills.

Elvis Favorites

1. Josie Beth Jones – Hamilton, AL

2. Coulter Clement – Water Valley, MS

3. Rheagan Skelton – Potts Camp, MS

4. Valarie Robertson – Hamilton, AL

5. Natalie Robertson – Hamilton, AL

Photo:  Rheagan, Coulter, Josie Beth, Natalie, and Valerie.

See You Next Year!

Congratulations to the Vocal and Songwriting Finalists for this year’s Singing with The King™!

(All finalists will receive an email later today regarding details for the Saturday, March 23rd Singing with The King™ workshops and competition.)

Finalists, in alphabetical order:

Anne Frances Atkinson, Vocal Finalist

Dalton Burney, Vocal Finalist

Emily Clampitt, Vocal Finalist

Coulter Clement, Songwriter Finalist

Josie Deaton, Vocal Finalist

Skye Dodge, Vocal Finalist

Annelise Fagan, Vocal Finalist

Camryn Frazier, Vocal Finalist

Braxton Gibbs, Songwriter Finalist

Samantha Hennings, Vocal Finalist

Sofia Herrero, Vocal Finalist

Cole Herrington, Vocal Finalist

Reese Horton, Vocal Finalist

Abbigall Johnson, Vocal Finalist

Josie Beth Jones, Vocal Finalist

Ava Kilman, Vocal Finalist

Natalie Robertson, Songwriter Finalist

Valerie Robertson, Vocal Finalist

Thomas Roper, Vocal Finalist

Anna Sibley, Vocal Finalist

Rheagan Skelton, Vocal Finalist

Eva Brooke Sweeney, Vocal Finalist

Kensy Brooke Wester, Vocal Finalist

Seairra Westmoreland, Vocal Finalist

Mary Chapel Whitehead, Vocal Finalist

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Singing with The King™.

Tupelo, MS, the birthplace of Elvis Presley, will host its first Annual Youth Singing Contest. Music education scholarships, and many other exciting prizes, will be awarded for each age grouping.

Singing with The King™ is an open talent contest for all youth who would like to sing, and potentially win, music/voice scholarships to further their vocal talent endeavors. The three categories competing will be Grade 5 and under, Grade 6 through 8, and Grade 9 through 12. The winner of these categories will be chosen by voice capability. Participants may sing original or a previously released, mainstream song. For original songs, we will highlight and select an additional winner who will be chosen from all entries of originally written songs which are submitted.

Registration is FREE!

All participants are required to submit (upload) an audio track. You may sing your chosen song either with instrumentation, a track, or a capella. Your song may be either a song you have written or an already published song which you simply wish to sing to showcase your singing talent. Your song must be UNDER 4 minutes in length. You are permitted to enter one song only. Song vocals must be performed individually (no duo or groups). NOTE: If you submit a song which has been professionally recorded please know that in the finals you will be singing live, and you will not be allowed to add various reverb or electronic voice enhancements during the final performance.

All Singers and/or Songwriters are welcomed. As mentioned above, you may enter this contest singing any song of your choice. If you are an aspiring songwriter you may submit an original song. For you to win the songwriter portion of the contest, your song entry must not be co-written with a published writer, attached to a publisher, or released by record label. NO PROFANE LANGUAGE ALLOWED.

Please upload your song entry below and click the button to designate whether you are entering as a singer or as a singer-songwriter.

The deadline for submissions will be Thursday, Jan 31st 2019. Semi-Finalist will be chosen and listed on this site by Thursday, Feb 21, 2019. Semi-Finalist will then have three weeks to prepare for the finals which will be live at the Link Centre in Tupelo MS on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The winners from each category will be asked to perform their winning song they sang for the contest. We invite anyone and everyone to attend the Singing with The King™ event which will take place on March 23rd. The event is open to the general public. So invite everyone you know!

Top professionals for voice instruction, stage performance, and stage presence, as well as a hit songwriter and publisher from Nashville, will provide morning workshop sessions for aspiring singers, songwriters, and entertainers. After lunch on the 23rd, the Finalist will perform. The winner from each singing category will perform on the evening at Dancing with The King™ event which will be held at the Tupelo Furniture Market at 1879 Coley Rd. in Tupelo, MS.

For more information, please visit our website www.dancingwiththeking.com or call (662) 687-2188.

Elvis™, Elvis Presley™ and The King™ are trademarks of ABG EPE IP LLC. Rights of Publicity and Persona Rights for Elvis Presley are used with permission of ABG EPEIP LLC. Photo © 2015 ABG EPE IP LLC.



9:00 – 9:45 – Workshop: Understanding, Developing, and Taking Care of Your Voice.

9:55 – 10:40 – Workshop: Stage Performance and Stage Presence.

10:50 – 11:35 – Workshop: Music Business – How to Make it in the Music Industry. (Record Labels, Demos, Songwriting, Contracts.)

11:45 – 12:50 – Lunch

1:00 – 1:10 – Roy Turner, President of the Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club, will give a short presentation on Elvis Presley.

1:15 – 4:15 – Singing Competition Finals

4:30 – Awards Presentation

Participation Scholarship Awards

Merit Scholarship

Songwriting Scholarship

Workshop Bios:

9:00 – 9:45 – Workshop: Understanding, Developing, and Taking Care of Your Voice.

Demi VanderWerff, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate Summa Cum Laude from Jacksonville State University with a concentration in Vocal Studies. She works as an active performer, director, and teacher in the Southeastern region. Demi has a passion for working with young singers to foster a positive attitude and a solid musical understanding. Her favorite roles include Hansel (Hansel & Gretel), Musetta (La Boheme), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Kate (Madama Butterfly), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), Mary (The Nativity According to St. Luke), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Lucy (The Telephone). Demi has been engaged with Mississippi Opera, University of Mobile Opera, Ars Nova School of the Arts, Jacksonville Opera Theater, Opera Upper West, The Huntsville Community Chorus, Bloomington Cantata Project, National Opera Association, IU Opera, Alabama A&M Choral Studies, Druid City Opera, and Fantasy Playhouse. Actively involved in the outreach of opera, Ms. VanderWerff has directed children’s operas Gertrude McFuzz and Sid the Serpent, and participated in Indiana University’s non-profit Round About Opera for Kids. In 2015, Demi served as the intern for the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She is pursing her Masters of Music in Voice Performance at University of Mobile.

Demi VanderWerff

9:55 – 10:40 – Workshop: Stage Performance and Stage Presence.

Buzzy Orange has been a vocal/performance coach and Music Theory and guitar Instructor for over 55 years at the Buzzy Orange Studio on Music Row Nashville. He is the President and CEO of Roundabout Records and Roundabout Entertainment and Management Nashville. He has coached Artists for The Stage, Screen, Radio. and TV ” and has vastly improved artist careers coaching them on the importance of diction and stage presence. Some of his clients include Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood.

Buzzy Orange

10:50 – 11:35 – Workshop: Music Business – How to Make it in the Music Industry. (Record Labels, Demos, Songwriting, Contracts.)

One of our Judges for Singing like the King in 2019 will be Clay Mills. Mississippi born, Multi-Platinum, Two Time Grammy-Nominated, Hit Songwriter, Record Producer and Publisher.  A Mississippi Delta native, Clay Mills’ list of accolades includes Number #1 hits by Darius Rucker, Diamond Rio, and Kimberly Locke, etc. Clay has had over 75 songs recorded by artists such as Lady Antebellum, Tricia Yearwood, Clay Walker, Reba McEntire, Easton Corbin, Little Big Town, and many others.  His most recent hits include Darius Rucker’s “History In The Making” and “I Got Nothing.” Mills has been involved in publishing and is engaged in educating and mentoring songwriters about all aspects of the music business. He has served on the NSAI Board, and has lobbied Congress on behalf of creators and copyrights. He is a 16 time ASCAP award winner and a staff writer with MV2 Entertainment.  He is also a co-founder of www.SongTown.com, a community of thousands of aspiring songwriters. Mills currently lives in Nashville, TN.

Clay Mills

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Workshops: for participants in competition, $20 each, or only $55 discounted rate for all three Workshops. (Parents and Guardians may purchase an All-Access Day Pass for $30.)

Singing Competition Spectator, Adult: $15
Singing Competition Spectator, Youth (11-18):  $10
Singing Competition Spectator, Youth (10 and Younger):  FREE

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March 23, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


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