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Amarillo, Texas, United States

Amarillo, Texas, United States
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Kacie recently won a House of Blues talent contest and won, among other things, the opening slot for Dave Barnes at the House of Blues in Dallas on April 13, 2012. She was very well received. - Texas Music For Life


Eight students will face the music as they battle to become the recording industry’s next big thing.

Last year, aspiring musician Kacie Williams stood center stage at the Cathedral with nothing but her guitar during the first year of The Next Big Thing.

On March 10, eight students will stand in the same place crossing their fingers hopeful of the same fate as Williams.

Just as winning The Next Big Thing propelled Williams’ music career into Nashville, Tenn., junior Matthias Roberts hopes for the same momentum for this year’s contestants.

Roberts, director of Bringing Live Uncut Entertainment, created this competition to target artists on campus by providing a rare opportunity to be noticed by representatives of the Christian music industry.

So far, among the confirmed panel of judges is Jen Edwards, biblical studies instructor and Jon Cell, both of which play an integral role of determining the winner.

Cell is the manager of national promotions at Centricity Music and acts as a significant influence in signing artists to the record label such as Aaron Shust, according to Roberts.

“How can we bless people with our music if they never hear it?” senior Criston Anderson said. “This is a huge opportunity to not only be heard by professional judges but also by hundreds of our peers.”

After winning The Next Big Thing last year, Williams had the opportunity of writing music with Jeromy Deibler, front man of Contemporary Christian band FFH.

Deibler also served as Williams’ judge during the competition last year. Although Williams was not available to comment at press time, Roberts recognizes the impact The Next Big Thing had on her music career.

“Kacie took the momentum from winning the competition and ran with it,” Roberts said.

Winning the competition enabled Williams to record a five-song EP entitled “Til I’m With You” and provided her with contacts for an internship at Centricity Music that lead her to establish her music career.

The winner of The Next Big Thing will receive a recording package valued at $2,000, which will enable them to create a three-to-four song EP in Fayetteville at East Hall Recording Studio.

“Having the opportunity to record an EP will only help further my efforts of connecting with people through my music,” Lisa Hopper said.

New to this year’s competition, BLUE is providing mentoring sessions prior to each performance to prepare each artist to produce a good show.

On March 10, eight finalists will perform two original songs live for a panel of judges and students who will hold the fate of each musician in their hands, literally.

Not only will judges determine the winner of The Next Big Thing but students can chime in via text message to choose who they believe is the music industry’s new ‘it’ factor.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 27 on campus and cost $5 for students and $7 for general admission. - Threefold Advocate


Siloam Springs, Arkansas (March 6, 2012) — John Brown University students once again have the chance to display their musical talent by competing in “The Next Big Thing,” a battle-of-the-bands style competition held March 10. The event will bring eight student bands together to compete for a chance to win a recording contract worth $2000. Bands competing for this year’s prize were selected after an audition process held in the fall. This is the second year for the competition.
Last year’s winner of the “Next Big Thing,” Kacie Williams, recently released her album “Til I'm With You” and will be performing during this year’s show. The album debuted at #17 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. Recently, Kacie has written and recorded with artists Robbie Seay, Madi Diaz and Alli Rogers.
The panel of judges for the 2012 event include Brittany Hargest, solo recording artist and former member of pop supergroup Jump5; Jon Sell, manager of national promotions at Centricity Music and Jen Edwards, instructor of worship ministries at JBU.
“The Next Big Thing” starts at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Cathedral of the Ozarks on the campus of John Brown University. General Admission is $7. Tickets can be reserved on Facebook.com/BLUEjbu or purchased at the door on March 10.
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. - Threefold Advocate


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"We are neighbours, no matter the distance."

No matter how hard we try, we simply cannot escape the notion that we are all, somehow, one and the same. With different faces within different places, the fact that we are all a mess of flesh and blood, made up of the same dust remains true for us all. We are interconnected by the undeniable tassels of love, fear, joy and vulnerability. We are one cell in the sea. We are passionately human. We are neighbours, no matter the distance.

Kacie currently resides in Texas with her heart's home resting in Nashville, TN - and has had the opportunity to write/perform alongside artists such as Don Chaffer (Waterdeep), Jeromy Deibler (FFH), Dave Barnes, Alli Rogers & Madi Diaz. She has also had the blessing of collaborating with ever so talented Ellie Holcomb (Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors), Robbie Seay Band, Rachael Yamagata & Brian Scheuble (to name a choice handful). She enjoys skinny jeans, Shiner Bock, organic foods, aesthetic design and impeccable colour combinations. She also plans to continue doing what her heart loves & sincerely hopes to bring her music to parts of the world that will welcome it warmly, naturally hoping she will make it to YOUR city/state/country sometime soon.

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