Palmetto resident Thomas Gay was recently named a finalist in the Pigeon Forge Path To Fame Virtual Talent Competition.
Gay, 19, a singer/songwriter, performed “Take the Ribbon from Your Hair” to secure his place in the finals. Raised in Newnan, Gay has played instruments his entire life but only began writing songs this year. His musical influences include the Zac Brown Band, George Strait and Travis Tritt.
The Pigeon Forge Path To Fame Virtual Talent Competition grand champion will win a year of monthly consultations with the Nashville-based talent executive who discovered Grammy nominated artist Kelsea Ballerini, according to a press release from the competition.
Also, the winner will receive a virtual consultation with country artist and Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan. Professional photography and videography sessions, media training and introductions to other entertainment industry executives complete the grand prize package, which includes tools to help the winner advance his/her career.
Home to a variety of musical productions and dinner shows, Pigeon Forge’s theatre community has helped launch the careers of Carly Pearce, who performed at Dollywood theme park and Country Tonite theater, American Idol alum Janelle Arthur, soap star Eric Martsolf, and Morgan, who also performed at Country Tonite.
In previous years, Path To Fame traveled with a team of talent scouts to various markets in the Southeast. To accommodate restrictions and venue closings due to COVID-19, the talent competition has been reengineered to accommodate video auditions.
“We know that performers were affected by the economic shutdown and operating restrictions necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19,” said Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey. “Pigeon Forge’s theater community would like to help those performers, along with other talented folks, so we brought the Path To Fame Virtual Talent Competition online for 2020.”
“We look forward to welcoming the 2020 Path To Fame grand champion to Pigeon Forge for a performance at one of our local theaters,” Downey added.
More information about the Pigeon Forge Path To Fame Virtual Talent Competition is available at PFFame.com .