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Albany girl competes in talent show

September 18, 2002

Albany -- An 11 year old Albany girl will take center stage tomorrow in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Christian singing competition. Lauren Stotler will represent the Southeast in National Talent Contest.

Lauren Stotler does not sound like a typical 11 year old. That is why she and her family packed the car this morning and left for Charlotte. Thursday Lauren will compete against other talented youngsters from across the nation in the Christian Artist Talent Search.

Last month in Atlanta the 6th grader from Byne School won the Southeast Regional Championship in the talent contest. Now she is ready to sing and compete in the Nationals.

 Lauren Stotler said "Never say never, but I feel pretty confident about it." Lauren says she likes Christian Music Artists like Steven Curtis Chapman and Rebecca St. James. Her mother says she has been singing since she could talk, and singing in church since she was 5 years old.

Lauren said "It's easier for me to sing in front of hundreds of people, rather than 2 or 3."

Lauren's father Rick Stotler said "If you close your eyes, you don't know you are listening to an 11 year old young lady."

Grand Prize in the talent search is a 50 thousand dollar record contract. Thursday Lauren will compete in her own age group. If she wins, Friday she will sing with all the other age group winners. Lauren, mother and father, grandmother and friend left for Charlotte Wednesday. 

Lauren Stotler ready to let everyone hear her song. The Christian Artist Talent Search is sponsored by Day Wind Records, and will be televised on the Inspiration Television Network.

posted at 4:44 by jimw@walb.com