Precious Boyd rocks Rockin’ in Roxboro vocalist competition
Precious Boyd wowed the celebrity judges and the sold-out audience to be named
the winner of the Rockin’ in Roxboro competition on Saturday night. Person
County teacher Tina Powell Kennedy was named runner-up.
by Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Alpha Upsilon Theta Chapter of Phi Theta
Kappa (PTK) honor society, the student-led event benefitted the Kirby Rebirth:
Upstairs-Uptown project to renovate the second floor of the historic Kirby
Cultural Arts Complex. Teresa Burch, project chairman, said the event earned
over $6,000 for the Kirby Rebirth.
this project was in the planning stages, I hoped and prayed that we would have
some people besides family and friends show up,” said Burch. “But the people of
Roxboro proved to me once again what a great community we live in and how they
can be counted on to help out when needed. Never in my wildest dreams did I
expect that we would have over 600 people attend in a great show of support for
our local contestants and for the Kirby.”
addition to Boyd and Kennedy, contestants included Joyce Deese, Michael Dixon,
David Ramsey, Robin Riggins, Joey Scott, and Leslie Wyatt. They performed for
celebrity judges Cody Clark of WQDR Radio, Miss North Carolina Johna Edmonds,
Mike Morse of WNCN-TV’s My Carolina Today
show, and Brian Shrader of WRAL-TV.
said they were impressed with the talent of all the contestants, and especially
with the big voice of the diminutive Boyd, who they compared to Whitney
Houston. Boyd sang “At Last” by Etta
James in the initial round of competition. In an unexpected offer, Morse also
invited Boyd to appear on his television show last Monday morning for a live
performance. Her performance may be viewed online at http://www.wncn.com/video?clipId=9773068&autostart=true.
law enforcement investigator Ricky Hughes served as emcee, interviewing the
contestants following each performance and keeping the audience entertained.
Also performing in the program were Chuck Dixon, who previously won an audition
for American Ido, and Roxboro
Community School student Jenna Scott.
dedicated Rockin’ in Roxboro to the late Doug Newell, former executive director
of the Person County Arts Council in recognition of his contributions to the
arts in Person County and to the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex. Members of the
Newell family were seated on the front row as special guests, and Roxboro Mayor
Merilyn Newell spoke about her late husband’s commitment to the arts.
Townsend, Executive Director of the PCC Foundation, recognized major Kirby
Rebirth contributors on stage between the three rounds of competition.
members chose to hold the local vocal competition as its Honors in Action
project, using the theme “Competition in the Arts” in May 2013 and began
planning. “We immediately knew what we wanted to do with this project,”
recalled Burch. “Since this project needed to benefit the community, we felt
that the Kirby Rebirth would be the perfect beneficiary.”
the Kirby Theater “a pillar of our community and a beautiful landmark that
holds so much artistic history,” Burch said, “The building is part of what makes
our hometown special. The other part is the citizens of this community who support
phase of the Kirby Rebirth project will be used to provide access to the second
floor of the Kirby Building through the installation of an elevator and other
infrastructure improvements. The upstairs space will be used for art studios,
galleries, rehearsal space, and a large meeting room.
left are: Johna Edmonds, Brian Shrader, Precious Boyd, Cody Clark, and Mike