‘So, You Think You Can Sing?’ Audition Deadline Sept. 8

‘So, You Think You Can Sing?’ Audition Deadline Sept. 8

SOCORRO, N.M. – Shower warblers, karaoke crooners, midnight serenaders, choir chanters – anyone of any age who can belt out a tune – is invited to audition for “Socorro Sings,” a vocal competition culminating in a chance to record a single for iTunes and perform in New York City.

Auditions for the first-ever singing competition in Socorro start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center, and are open to everyone – no age minimum or limit. All are required to pay a $25 audition fee.

But hurry! Entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 8.

It’s a win-win event – the crooner crowned at the public competition, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, also at Macey Center, wins the adventure of a lifetime, while the event itself is a fundraiser for the Performing Arts Series (PAS), to support youth and community outreach programs.

EmmyAward-winning Irish-pop tenor Eamonn McCrystal will host the Sept. 23 auditions. For the Dec. 1 main event, he will be joined on stage by his longtime collaborator Chloë Agnew, the original star of the hit group “Celtic Woman.”


Eamonn McCrystal


Three of the judges are individuals McCrystal has worked with: one has Broadway experience, another works with one of the world’s largest record labels and the third is also in the entertainment business. Joining the out-of-town trio will be a local judge whose name is being kept secret – for now.

Even if a hundred singers audition, the field will be narrowed to 10 finalists that same day.

“We’ll get it done,” McCrystal said. “On some shows I’ve done, we’ve had several thousand people show up, and we got through it – we know how to make this work.”

McCrystal and the judges then will work with and coach the finalists and advise them how to prepare for the Dec. 1 performance, such as how best to showcase their individual vocal talents.

“Socorro Sings” comes on the heels of last season’s highly successful “Shall We Dance Socorro” competition where local celebrities partnered with young professionals to rousing reviews.

“We are very excited about this really fun competition, and to have Eamonn and Chloë host the event,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. “I know Socorro has a lot of really great singers, and who knows? A new talent might be discovered.”

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Socorro County can audition, from the rank amateur to those whose names are familiar to local music-loving fans.

“Socorro has a history of supporting local talent, and we’re hoping for a good turnout for the auditions,” Kalish said. “I won’t have to arm-twist contestants like I had to do with the local celebrities for the dance competition.”

The competition format is similar to that of “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent,” programs that McCrystal has worked with both in the United States and United Kingdom.

McCrystal, who was in Socorro recently to talk about the Socorro auditions and his role in the production, is an engaging devotee of the arts, particularly in promoting and growing the arts in small towns.

“I come from a small town in Northern Ireland, and the arts opened up a whole new world for me,” he said. “I believe it’s very important to supportarts programs – especially in small towns.”

So important, in fact, that McCrystal is donating his time and that of his production company to the Socorro Sings project to raise money for PAS.

What can potential competitors expect?

First of all, singers can choose any song in any genre and in any language they choose, from opera to show tunes and pop to country. The audition process will be filmedand shown during the December 1 performance, which will be streamed on Facebook Live so that fans across the world can vote along with those in the Socorro audience.

“Chloë and I have a dedicated international fan base – so it’s very exciting for them to not only watch our concert from Socorro, but also, actually take part in the final outcome of Socorro Sings!”

As for that grand prize: The winner will get the opportunity to sing at one of McCrystal’s performances on Broadway in New York City, in addition to recording a song for release on iTunes.

So start practicing now, and don’t forget to get entry forms in by Sept. 8. You can’t win if you don’t enter.

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