Purgatory Creek Park was alive with music and anticipation on Aug. 19, as seven vocalists, ages 13-20, showcased their talent at the seventh annual Eden Prairie Sings! competition, which was part of the city’s Arts in the Park event.
The winners were all praised by the four judges for their vocal talent, stage presence, and overall performance.
Lainey Donaghue, 20, emerged as the top performer, winning $200 for her rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”
Sadie Maguire, 15, claimed the second place spot and $150 with her heartfelt performance of Demi Lovato’s “Anyone.”
Ella Schumacher, 15, secured the title of runner-up and won a prize of $100 for her rendition of “I Love Play Rehearsal” from the musical “Be More Chill.” Navya Nambiar, 17, earned the title of second runner-up for her rendition of “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman.”
The judges gave a special shout-out to all contestants for their outstanding performances, according to a press release. They said choosing the winners was a tough decision given the impressive talent on display.
Beyond local recognition, Donaghue and Maguire have also earned the opportunity to represent Eden Prairie at the Minnesota Sings! State Finals in Fairmont, Minnesota, on Oct. 7-8, where they will vie for prizes totaling up to $30,000.
The Eden Prairie Sings! competition is hosted by the Eden Prairie Optimist Club, a nonprofit organization that offers scholarships and other opportunities to the community’s youth. This year, School of Rock Eden Prairie joined as a co-host.
Ryan Affolter of the Eden Prairie Optimist Club emceed Eden Prairie Sings! and is also its lead organizer.
“We asked kids 13-20 with a voice that will blow us away to step up to the mic and show us what you’ve got!” Affolter said. “We were amazed by the seven singers this year, by far the best vocal talent in our seven years. As they prepare for their future, many young adults need experience performing creatively to an audience.”
For more information about the mission of the Eden Prairie Optimist Club or to learn about future events, visit its Facebook page.
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