FRANKLIN, Tenn. (October 18, 2019) – The 11 final acts in Morning Pointe Senior Living’s and the Morning Pointe Foundation’s second annual “Seniors Got Talent” talent competition have been selected and are hard at work preparing for the contest’s grand finale on October 22 at the Franklin Theatre. They were chosen from among a slew of talented Middle Tennessee seniors to perform before a live audience and a panel of judges during the “Seniors Got Talent” grand finale.
The 11 final acts are as followed: musicians Norton Harrison (69) and Jenny Barned (62), baton twirler Barbara Young (72), singer-songwriter Kathy Wilson Estep (63), musician Gif Jordon (81), ventriloquist Ken Karter (84), vocalists Anahid Missirian (86) and Raphael Missirian (94), dancer Jorge Uribe (86), singer and dancer Janette Elrod (67), vocalist Joy Vaughn (75), vocalist Mary Santora (76), and vocalist Clady Grace (86). All of the finalists are local seniors ranging from 62 to 94 years of age.
However, the talent isn’t strictly limited to the onstage performers. The judges’ panel features some of the biggest names in the Nashville music industry, including 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one half of the celebrated musical duo Hall & Oates, John Oates; Stuart Dill, a 30-year veteran of the music industry who has managed Minnie Pearl, Freddy Fender, Dwight Yoakam, Michael Martin Murphey, Billy Ray Cyrus and many more; Del Bryant, president/CEO emeritus of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), whose skill led to the signing of many top songwriters and artists, including Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Adele, and Rihanna, to name a few; and Catherine Stryon Marx, an active studio musician who has recorded and/or toured with Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John, Glen Campbell, James Taylor, and Garth Brooks, as well as others and is currently touring with Reba McEntire. News4 WSMV chief meteorologist Lisa Spencer will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event. A native Tennessean, Spencer has been recognized as the best weather anchor in the state five times by the Tennessee Associated Press and has won nine regional Emmys for her weathercasts.
“This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss. Our contestants are going to give the audience a wildly entertaining show while also providing them with an engaging opportunity to give back to a very worthy cause, senior caregiver support and education and scholarships for future nurses,” said Audra Hopkins, the executive director of the Morning Pointe Foundation.
The grand finale of “Seniors Got Talent” will be held on October 22 at 7 p.m. at The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. Tickets for the grand finale can be purchased through the Franklin Theatre for $20. Seats can be reserved by calling the Franklin Theatre at (615) 538-2075, and those who wish to inquire about VIP sponsorships should contact Audra Hopkins by telephone at (423) 278-9738.
The Morning Pointe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living. Founded in 2014 by senior healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization provides nursing scholarship opportunities, forms community partnerships, and supports caregivers in its mission to advance the care of seniors. For more information, visit www.morningpointefoundation.com.