For 10 years now, Upson Lee Middle School has shown Upson County that we really do have a lot of talented kids. Ten years ago, country singer and now college student Railey Holloway won the first UL Knight Idol Contest. Last Thursday night, 19 middle school students sang, danced, and played instruments in the 10th Annual UL Knight Idol at the Fine Arts Center. When the smoke had cleared, the trio of Jaylen King, DeAngelo Smith and Nick Edge proved that “old school’ music is still alive and well, winning the competition with their performance of The Temptations’ classic, ‘My Girl.’
For the third year in a row, choral teacher Kira Michael, working with the ULMS PTO, which uses Knight Idol as a fund raiser, put together some of the most talented middle schoolers in the county. Michael emceed the competition, giving a brief bio about each song performed or the composer. She noted that Francesca Battistelli was the favorite song writer in this competition, with three of her songs being performed.
Participating in the competition were Bickley Reeves, singing ‘Hallelujah’ while Turner Maddox accompanied her on guitar, Makayla Brown singing ‘Beautiful,’ Black Illusion (Leann Chatfield and Jordan Foster) dub stepping to ‘Bullet Train,’ Tyler Brooks break dancing to ‘Dessert,’ Kaylyn McDaniel singing ‘Rooftops,’ Eden Crummie singing ‘Love Hurts while accompanied by her grandfather on guitar, Highland Roberts playing the ‘Star Wars Theme’ on piano, Hailey Reece singing ‘Count on Me,’ Lyric McDaniel singing acapella on ‘Burning House,’ Makayla Williamson singing ‘Ain’t No Other Man,’ Skye Perdue singing ‘Beautiful Beautiful,’ Mikayla Bell singing ‘Flashlight,’ Anthona Cox singing ‘Bless the Broken Road,’ Lauren Portwood singing ‘He Knows My Name,’ Peyton Chapman singing ‘Fight Song,’ Sabrina Carter dancing to ‘Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,’ Luke Taylor singing ‘Oh Well Oh Well,’ Chloe Baxley singing ‘Holy Spirit,’ and Jaylen King, DeAngelo Smith and Nick Edge singing ‘My Girl.’
While the judges compiled their scores, middle school teacher Jordan Hale sang and played guitar on ‘Black Bird,’ and Michael sang ‘Something in the Water.
The trio of King, Smith and Edge took 1st place and the trophy. Mikayla Bell won 2nd place, and Bickley Reeves and Turner Maddox took 3rd place. The rest of the Top 10 were, in no particular order, Black Illusion, Tyler Brooks, Eden Crummie, Highland Roberts, Skye Perdue, Anthona Cox, and Peyton Chapman. The Top 10 repeated their performances Friday afternoon in the school gym for the rest of the middle school.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.