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Meet the Rockin’ in Roxboro performers

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Here are the eight vocalists who will compete in Rockin' in Roxboro on Jan. 25, at the Kirby Theater:

Precious Kenyetta Boyd
Precious Kenyetta Boyd, 13, has loved the stage and microphone since singing her first solo “Jesus Loves Me” at the age of three at her home church, Shady Hill Baptist Church in Roxboro. She is now a lead singer in the church’s Junior and Gospel Workshop Choir. She has performed the National Anthem at South Elementary School, Northern Middle School, Person High School, St. Augustine College, and the Durham Bulls Stadium. Precious has won several local talent competitions and performed a mini concert at “Personality Day” in Roxboro in 2013. The daughter of Elenetta Lopez and Kenyart Boyd, she aspires to become a professional singer and entertainer.

Joyce Merritt Deese
Joyce Merritt Deese grew up in Caswell County and attended Bartlett Yancey High School. She is married to Gene Deese and lives in Timberlake. She has two sons and three grandchildren. Joyce and her husband are the owners of Baby J's Karaoke, which is part of Gene's Hollywood Entertainment. Joyce has worked at GKN in Person County for 19 years. She enjoys all types of music and loves singing and dancing.  

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon has been singing since childhood at church, school and other venues. He is presently the choir director at Berry's Grove Baptist Church. Karaoke and performing at the Kirby Theater have been his other outlets for sharing his love of singing and performing. Just this year he has performed as a concerned father in "What a Game" and as the construction worker of the Village People's "YMCA" during the Roxboro Woman’s Club Red Stocking Revue. Also this year, in his second play, "Little Shop of Horrors," he played Mr. Bernstein and Skip Snip.  

Tina Powell Kennedy
Tina Powell Kennedy, a Roxboro native, loves and supports the arts. She most recently played the roles of Judith in two productions of “Pirates of the Chemotherapy,” Panacea in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Catherine in “The Foreigner” and Anna in “The King and I,” at the Kirby Theater. She is a first grade teacher at Woodland Elementary and also tutors students in the Person County school district. Tina is a Roxboro Woman’s Club member and participates in its Red Stocking Revue. She enjoys singing and welcomes any opportunity to do so. She sings in the choir and participates in mission work with Lamberth Memorial Baptist.  

David Ramsey
David Ramsey has been singing since the age of five. He began singing in the Junior Choir at Cedar Grove Baptist Church under the direction of his mother, Lillian Ramsey. David has performed with several groups and currently sings with Just Us Guys. His love for gospel music opened up an opportunity for him to host “The David Ramsey Gospel Show” on Radio Roxboro on Sunday mornings. David and his wife Priscilla have been married for 50 years and have three children and five grandchildren. 

Robin Allman Riggins
Robin Allman Riggins is a singer/songwriter and also is Music Minister at Harvest Baptist Church in Burlington. She started singing in church at the age of six years old. She says, “Truly the Lord is my song...the change He has made in my life is what impassions me to lift my voice in praise to Him.” She sings each week in her home church where she is a music minister, and she is often invited to sing at other churches and for various events. She resides in Burlington and is married to Steve Riggins. She has three sons ranging in age from 13 to 24.  

Joey Scott
Joey Scott of Roxboro has been singing most of his life. He picked up the guitar six years ago and taught himself how to play. He is currently the lead vocalist and guitarist for Mt. Zion United Methodist Church’s praise and worship band. He grew up listening to his father, Ray Scott Sr., sing Country and Southern Gospel, so he tends to gravitate towards these styles of music. Joey is married is to Melanie Scott, and they have two daughters.  

Leslie Wyatt
Leslie Wyatt says music has always been an important part of her life. From an early age, she watched her grandfather, uncles, and mother perform music, ranging from bluegrass to rock. She currently works at Piedmont Community College and sings at weddings in her spare time. Leslie Wyatt is from Roxboro, and now lives in Eden with her husband, Tra Wyatt, and their three dogs.