Donna found another good show for us at the Orange Blossom Opry. After we met for dinner at our house (leftover meatloaf dinner from the night before, and still good the second time around!) Pete drove us to the Opry in plenty of time to get a good parking spot. We were glad that the building is air conditioned - it's gotten sweltering hot here again.
The show featured several young people who have appeared on this stage in the past year. They ranged from age 12 to 17, and all were really good. Cheyanne Van Over is just 12 but she has a powerful voice and sounds amazingly like Loretta Lynn. 16 year old Sophie Noelle sang and played guitar, as did Rachael McCormick. Rachael's brother Colton (the senior of the group at 17) did too, but Colton's forte is the banjo. He challenged the house band's banjo player to "Dueling Banjos". They both had a lot of fun while playing some excellent banjo music, and Colton more than held his own.
16 year old Brittanie Powell was amazing. She was the opening and closing act, and she blew us away.
Her parents were sitting in front of us and were justifiably proud of her. Most of these performers have been singing since they were pre-school but Brittanie started at her 5th grade talent show. She has a couple of voice coaches now and has made a run at "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent". She didn't get on those shows yet, but her mom is willing to accept God's timing without worrying about it. Brittanie's final number tonight was "My Heart Will Go On" and she got a standing ovation for that.
The show closed with Cheyanne singing "Amazing Grace" surrounded by the rest of the performers. Great show!