The Country Music Showcase continues its anniversary season with the “More Than Country Variety Show.” Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield.
This month’s guest vocalists will perform songs spanning all musical genres. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets, go to www.jccperformingarts.com or call the box office at 919- 209-2099. The box office is open from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This month’s guest performers are Anita Norris Myers, Cassie Dunn, Joey Grantham, Louie Allen, Brandy Parker, Scott Johnson, Taylor Leopold, Greg Tart, Amy Wiggs and the Hall Sisters.
Myers won the local True Value Country Music Showdown, beating out Clay Aiken, and was one point shy of attending the national competition at the Grade Ole Opry. She also won the first level of “Gimme the Mic on Fox50.” She has shared the stage with the Super Grit Cowboy Band and has recorded an album with Harold Pope.
Dunn is marking her third appearance on the CMS stage. She has performed in Cougar Idol and the Colgate Country Showdown. For the variety show, she will perform “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones.
Grantham, who began singing in high school, plays every other Thursday at Garner’s Aversboro Restaurant and Sports Bar with his band, the Big River Band. He is a member of the N&N Country Music Showcase.
Allen, a performer for more than 35 years, has a CD, “Redneck Alley.” He will perform “One Day Closer.”
Parker is making her sixth appearance on the CMS stage. She also has performed at the Howell Woodstock Festival and the Wayne County Fair. She is the lead singer in EMERGE, a youth praise band at Stoney Creek Baptist Church in Goldsboro.
Johnson, a member of the CMS cast since 2008, spent 10 years traveling with a bluegrass gospel group. He has also performed with Jeff and Sherry Easter, The Rochesters and Robbie Huffman. Johnson has released two CDs with the bluegrass group Black Creek.
Leopold is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who began performing at local open-mic nights. In 2010, she won the Clayton Idol competition; two years later, she won JoCo LoCo Talent Competition. In 2012, Leopold released her first single, “One Is Better Than None.” Her second single, “Don’t Give Up on Me,” is scheduled for release Oct. 1.
Wiggs has performed in many local festivals, including Smithfield’s Ham & Yam. She has been performing with the CMS since 2000, when she was a student at JCC.
The Hall Sisters, the daughters of David and Kathryn Hall of Garner, appeared on the CMS stage in 2012 and in Garner’s Showcase of Talent in 2012 and 2013.