Winner Named For 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown

Laurel Wright, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter who represented WIVK/Knoxville, recently won the 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown in Nashville. The competition was produced as a one-hour television special at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Host LeAnn Rimes presented Wright with the $100,000 Grand Prize.

Wright was chosen from over thousands of contestants, ending as one of five finalists competing for the Grand Prize. The four other National Finalists were: Shane Martin (Midwest Region- KLCI/BOB FM, Ramsey); Keeira Lyn Ford (Southwest Region- KNIX, Phoenix); Paisley Van Patten (West Region- KEGA, Salt Lake City); and Gwendlyn Kay (Southeast Region- KHOZ, Harrison).

At the Final, Wright was accompanied by Lewell Molen and performed her original songs “Can’t You See” and “All That’s On Her Mind.” Her music, photos and concert dates can be found at

Country music expert judges making the final decision were Lisa Ramsey-Perkins, Senior Director of A&R for Sony Music Nashville; John Ozier, Vice President of A&R for Curb Records; Rod Essig, agent from Creative Artists Agency; Tracy Gershon, Artist Manager at Red Light Management; and Tim Molyneux, Owner of Molyneux Entertainment, Producer and Performance Coach.


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