From the Heart winner heads for Nashville

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2005


  SoHi graduate Justin Thompson plans to pursue an entertainment career in Nashville.

SoHi graduate Justin Thompson plans to pursue an entertainment career in Nashville.

Justin Thompson hopes his win in the local Sing From the Heart program will be his launching pad for a professional career as an entertainer, “It was a starting ground for me, it wasn’t about the prize money as much as it was about winning the competition and providing an audience something they liked and feeling good about it,” Thompson told reporters. Thompson graduated from Soldotna High School and recently has been an assistant football coach for the Stars as well as coaching Pop Warner teams and running a seasonal business in the fish industry.

The Sing From the Heart competition is local spin-off of the popular American Idol talent search and is coordinated by Sue Gill of Alaska Hairlines at the Peninsula Center Mall. In its second year the event drew 34 contestants and over a ten week elimination period Justin Thompson was the last one singing. His repertoire includes a wide variety of vocal styling that includes popular country as well as traditional contemporary music, “I like to get back to the older stuff once in a while, I love Dan Fogelberg and Cat Stevens, Garth Brooks but basically whatever the audience is in the mood for is what I can provide,” says Thompson.

Thompson says he realizes that Nashville is a long leap from Soldotna, but he has high hopes of building a career as a professional entertainer, “I’m in touch with a couple of people who are helping me pursue my career as far as getting me in touch with people in the industry. I’ve been singing all my life, my dad got us started right off, and I’m an entertainer, put me on stage and I’ll make you laugh, smile, and have a great time,” said Thompson.

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