Valley Voices return to Abbotsford Agrifair

The annual singing competition will hit the main stage on Aug. 2.

A sing-off to a professional live band will set the stage as four celebrity judges crown this year’s winner of the “Valley Voices Vocal Competition” at the Abbotsford Agrifair on the evening of Friday, Aug. 2.

You can get in on the voting action online beginning July 5 and during the live performances.

“The winner of this competition will be a star for a year,” said  Darcy D., founder of the Valley Voices Vocal Competition, which has helped facilitate the development of numerous music careers.

The grand prize winner will receive voice sessions with world-famous voice coaches such as Dave Stroud (Natasha Beddingfield, Cee Lo Green and Adam Lambert) and Raab Stevenson (Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Kelly Rowland).

Young amateur voice talent from all over B.C. are busy honing their vocal techniques in hopes of becoming one of 15 finalists in the Valley Voice Vocal Competition and ultimately being crowned the “Valley Voice” of 2013. Auditions have already begun.

The last one takes place on June 29. Fifteen finalists selected from two categories – Junior (seven to 12 years) and Senior (13 to 18 years) –  will be announced July 2.

All finalists will be showcased on Facebook, where fans can view video performances and cast their vote by “liking” their favourite artist.

“Contestants will gather ‘likes’ which will become part of the voting statistics,” explained Darcy D. “The live audience (at Agrifair) can also vote. All of the votes will be added to the panel votes.”

This will be the fifth season Valley Voices has entertained at Agrifair.

“The entertainment and showcase of talent Valley Voices brings to our community’s fair is absolutely amazing! We are looking forward to another great year,” said Ernie Silveri, Agrifair president.

The finalists will contend for the title throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. on Agrifair’s community stage until the top three finalists from each category are selected at 6:30 p.m.

A special performance by last year’s winner, Bailey Alexis, will kick off the final show at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage, where the remaining contenders will sing off with a live band.

The four celebrity judges include Kenny Jones of SONIC Nation and Troy Samson, producer of Snoop Dog and Canadian Idol. The two remaining judges are yet to be announced.

Along with the rodeo, midway, animals and musical entertainment, there is so much to see all weekend long at a daily price of $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for children 10 years old and under.

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The Abbotsford Agrifair runs Aug. 2-5 at Abbotsford’s exhibition fairgrounds.