Hillsvilles Mindy Anderson is one step closer to earning the title of Star of the Blue Ridge.
Anderson, who was previously chosen as one of 13 semifinalists in the contest sponsored by WPSK-FM, is now one of the five remaining finalists. She will take the stage again July 26th during the finals at the New River Valley Fair at the Dublin Fairgrounds as the five finalists will open for country music star Jake Owen.
The Star of the Blue Ridge winner will receive $500 cash and all the tools needed to jumpstart their musical career, including a recording package with 100 CDs, a music video, and the opportunity to record a single with Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Decemberadio.
Anderson made the semifinals with an A Cappella version of Deana Carters 1996 hit Strawberry Wine. During the semifinals, the remaining contests were allowed to have accompanying music and Anderson sang Because You Love Me, by Jo Dee Messina.
Its going good and I am very excited about it, Anderson said. Its been a lot of fun.
The finals are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. on July 26. This time, finalists will be asked to sing two songs one slow song and one fast tune. While Anderson feels confident about her chances, she knows winning the Star of the Blue Ridge contest will not be an easy task.
It will be harder. I was going to do Strawberry Wine but they called and told me you cant do the same songs again, Anderson said. I am going to do Settlin by Sugarland for the fast one, but I dont know what I am going to do yet for the slow one. Now that we all have to sing two songs, it might change things a little bit. I have never been one to really sing fast songs, but I am hoping it will go good.
Even if Anderson doesnt ultimately prevail as the Star of the Blue Ridge, her success in the contest has already led to some singing opportunities. She was scheduled to sing the national anthem prior to the Pulaski Mariners home game July 13.