Vocalist Trenton Durham and rock band Negative 3 took top honors as Top Individual and Top Group Performers at the Denver Days Talent Show held at Salem United Methodist Church last Saturday.
Brad Rivers served as Master of Ceremonies as 17 acts took the stage.
Trenton, 14, sang “You Raise Me Up,” made popular by Josh Groban, and won the vocal category for ages 13-16. Trenton also achieved the highest overall individual performer score. Trenton and his 10-year-old sister, Chloe, sang a duet entitled, “His Life for Mine.” The duet tied with Negative 3 for first -place in the vocal group category. Negative 3, however, edged out the Durhams for Top Performing Group by having the highest audience participation score which was pre-designated as the tie breaker. Negative 3, performed an original song. The band members include Tyler Bryant, 16, lead guitar and lead singer; John Muhlbach, 15, drummer; and JJ Nadreau, 16, bass guitar. Trenton and Negative 3 each won a “Top Performer” trophy, a cash prize and an invitation to sing during the Denver Days Fall Festival next week.
In the non-performance category, Brenda Preston took top honors for her original poem entitled “The Lord’s Masterpiece.” In writing about the poem’s origin, Brenda described a moment of divine inspiration where she was filled with words to describe the beauty of the world that the Lord created and placed us in, and that we, in the busy-ness of life, often take for granted.
The Talent Show guests were invited to “stuff the ballot box” by voting for their favorite performer with $1 votes. Heather Hybarger, who sang “Reflection” from “Mulan,” was named the “People’s Choice” performer. As the People’s Choice performer, Heather split the cash award with the show’s designated charity, Animal’s Services Operation Noah’s Ark.
Other winners include:
Shaelyn Griffin, 5, sang “Press On”, won first place vocalist for age 7 and under; Abigail Frazier, 8, danced to “Show Off,” won first in the individual dance category for age 8-10; Brandi Alden, 8, sang “Popular” from the show “Wicked”, won first place vocalist for age 8 – 10; Cici Jansen, 11, sang “Should’ve Said No” made popular by Taylor Swift, won first place vocalist for age 11-12. Donnie Sigmon, 17, played a piano excerpt from “Final Fantasy X, won first-place musician for ages 17 and above; Matthew Innocenti, 10, Taylor Gastineau, 10, and Mikayla Lockman, 9 took first in the group dance category for ages 8 – 10.
The Talent Show was made possible through the sponsorship of Tracy Frazier and LKN Realty Group.