Twelve singers are undoubtedly warming up their vocal cords for the upcoming competition.
Friday’s event at will not only see teams walking to help raise money and awareness for cancer research, it will also pit 12 singers against each other in a competition similar to NBC’s "The Voice."
A local professional singer, a church music director, and an aspiring country music star are among the contestants, who are coming from Temple Terrace and beyond.
“Every year, the entertainment committee arranges for musical entertainment during Relay for Life,” said , Relay organizer. “This year, that entertainment will be the Voice of Temple Terrace.”
The community is invited to the free event. Relay starts at 6 p.m. and VOTT begins at 7 p.m.
The vocalists will sing live during the relay for event attendees and three judges: Mike Tozier representing Redroom Recorders; Ken Spivey representing Atomic Audio Recording; and Excel Music owners John and Sheri Thrasher representing Morrisound Recording.
Each of the 12 contestants will get 90 seconds to sing and impress the judges, who will be facing the opposite direction. If a judge likes what he or she hears, that judge will turn to face the contestant. Each judge can choose up to four contestants, and then narrow their choices to two contestants.
The final six singers will each perform a song, and then be critiqued by the judges. Relay attendees will vote for their favorites by donating money to the cause on behalf of a contestant before and during the competition.
The top contestant will win a two-hour recording session at Morrisound Recording. Two others, who will be chosen by the judges based on talent, will each win two-hour recording sessions at Redroom Recorders and Atomic Audio Recording.
According to contest organizer (and Temple Terrace Patch blogger) , contestants include:
- , 26, a performer who introduces the oldies and a love for jazz and standards to a whole new generation.
- Bill Lannert, 62, the oldest contestant whose health-conscious lifestyle and positive attitude inspire both his generation and younger ones.
- Singer/songwriter Leah Clark whose quest is to share her talented gift with the world. A music director at a Unity Church, she reaches beyond inspirational music with her styles.
- Wanda Beckam and her son, Kevin Beckam, a Blake High School student, who will compete against each other.
- Marshall Dunbar, whose repertoire of hundreds of gospel songs includes catchy original ones he’ll be singing at VOTT.
- USF psychology major Kat Esc, whose Hispanic heritage influences her pop style.
- Trey Fitzgerald, who has a unique voice, style and musicianship.
- Blake High School’s Natasha Kutok, who hopes her Broadway style vocals help her raise money for Relay in honor of her uncle, whom she lost to brain cancer, and her grandma, who is battling stage 3 cancer.
- Blake High School’s Madison LoPinto, who is petite in stature but a powerhouse vocally.
- Vanessa Scarlett, who works for Tampa’s but has big dreams of being a country singer in Nashville.
- Shevonne, who was a Wild Card contestant on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" and is a Tampa household name from her years as a star with “Entertainment Revue.”