UTM’s Mrs. Gilbert vies for ‘Nashville Star’ title

UTM’s Mrs. Gilbert vies for ‘Nashville Star’ title

University of Tennessee at Martin student Alyson Gilbert of Jackson is one of the top 12 music acts as “Nashville Star” began its first season on NBC Monday. Mrs. Gilbert, 28, is a native of Crookstown, Minn. A former Miss St. Paul, she has a passion for music and animals. Her husband quit his job so she could pursue her dream of music. When not performing, Mrs. Gilbert is a senior animal science major at UT Martin. The top 12 finalists performed during the taping of the “Nashville Star” premiere June 2 (subsequent episodes will be live) in front of a packed audience at the Acuff Theater, part of the Opry Entertainment Complex, in Nashville. In episode one, the performers had to impress the show’s judges/mentors multi-platinum singer-songwriter and three-time Grammy nominee Jewel and John Rich — multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and producer and one half of the country duo Big & Rich — and award-winning songwriter and hit-making producer Jeffrey Steele to make it to the next round. Beginning week two, America decides who will return to the stage next week and who will pack up their guitars and head home. The sixth season premiere also will feature a performance by 2008 ACM Best New Female Vocalist Taylor Swift as well as showcase highlights from the nationwide casting calls. Published in The Messenger 6.10.08

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