A top prize of $5,000 is being offered for an upcoming singing competition at the Chumash Casino Resort, the casino announced Monday.
Auditions for Rising Star, a solo singing competition from the producers of Teen Star Program, will be held July 26-28 at the casino in Santa Ynez. A panel of judges then will select 13 semifinalists to take the stage on Sept. 7 to vie for the grand prize, which includes $5,000, studio recording time, musician mentoring from Dishwalla member J.R. Richards and a chance to perform an opening number for an upcoming featured act at Chumash.
The contest is open to residents in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Popular performance genres, including pop, rock, country, Broadway tunes and jazz, will be included.
An application — found at www.risingstarusa.com — must be submitted by July 22. Applicants must be 18 years or older by July 25.
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The audition will consist of a brief interview and a short song, sung a cappella, before a panel of judges. Contestants should come prepared with two contrasting songs (ballad and up-tempo) and expect to sing just 16-32 bars.