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Mike Easterling Farmington Daily Times Published 7:25 PM EDT Oct 2, 2018 FARMINGTON — It would be fair to say that life for 16-year-old Chevel Shepherd has changed dramatically over the last several hours. On Monday night, the Farmington High School junior appeared on an episode of the NBC program "The Voice," wowing a panel of coaches that included Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson with her cover of "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry. Shepherd's performance was so well received she was chosen to become a member of Team Clarkson and will advance to the program's "battle rounds" later this season. Shepherd recorded the episode in June, but was restricted from telling anyone about the results until it aired. That made for a very long wait, she said this afternoon. "It was so hard to keep it a secret," she said. Shepherd and her family were joined Monday night by some of her friends from school for a watch party when her episode of "The Voice" finally … [Read more...] about FHS junior hopes to launch music career as country singing sensation
A family pleaded guilty Friday to their roles in a wire fraud scheme, after investigators found they'd spent most of the illegally obtained $875,300 to further their son's country music career. Timothy "T.J." Hamilton, 31, of Dallas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. His parents, Gena and Timothy Hamilton, pleaded guilty to giving false statements to financial institutions as a part of the scheme.T.J. Hamilton, a former University of Oklahoma wide receiver, used his athletic reputation to found sports goods companies and collect investor funds. His parents were managing members of the companies.One investor lost her life savings to the scheme, U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said.Hamilton founded the first company, dedicated to odor-controlling sportswear, in 2011. Two others, established in 2012, advertised metabolism supplements for athletes. He agreed to a lifetime ban on selling securities in 2014."T.J. Hamilton's fraudulent scheme reeked of deceit, greed and … [Read more...] about Family pleads guilty in $875,000 scam to fund Dallas man’s country music career
Local singer/songwriter Jonathan Rundman is about to put his musical career on hold for a higher calling — seminary school. Next month, he’ll start school at St. Paul’s Luther Seminary with the goal of graduating with a Masters of Divinity in four years and then pursuing a position as a Lutheran pastor. While he’s not using the term “retirement,” Rundman says he’s “pretty much” quitting his job as a musician after spending 30 years on the road. He’s planning to devote all his time to his studies, although he’s leaving a window open for the occasional concert or festival appearance: “Maybe. We’ll see how I feel in 2019.” As far as songwriting goes, Rundman says he’s got enough songs written for two or three new albums, but with the slow death of the CD format, the lesser returns of streaming and the loss of tour income means he can’t afford to record albums anymore: “If anybody out … [Read more...] about Singer/songwriter Jonathan Rundman swaps music career for seminary school
As the fifth Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series arrives Thursday night, a local songstress deserves special mention. Wow, what a performance delivered last week by Ladybug McRae, a 15-year-old singer from Trenton with poise, charm and a voice that belies her youth. McRae warmed a crowd before Philly-based Hardwork Movement delivered a performance that showcased every aspect of their impressive repertoire of sound, vocals and showmanship. Through four weeks of music, it’s either Asbury Park’s Quincy Mumford and The Reason or Hardwork Movement leading the best of show competition. McRae emerged onto the Trenton scene in a major way in 2017 during the filming of a still in the works documentary directed by Alcee Walker. Advertisement Ladybug laughed about an observation that she sounds like an old soul. “It’s true. And that would be because of my father (Maurice) and the music I grew up listening to. I love Aretha Franklin and I’m a huge fan of Teena … [Read more...] about L.A. Parker: Trenton’s Levitt AMP music series showcasing local talent