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ADA, OKLAHOMA’s favorite quartet “Red River” was named the McSwain Theatre Entertainer of the Year during the theatre’s 20th Anniversary Grand Awards Show celebration last week Saturday.
The gala evening began with the artists’ limousine arrival to a red carpet McSwain Theatre entry. Emcee Brian Brashier introduced each “dressed to the nines” contestant, as a crowd of cheering fans, friends and family lined the red carpet; illuminating the pathway with camera and cell phone flashes in efforts to capture images of their favorite stars.
Crowning the McSwain Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Grand Awards Show winners was a culmination of months of competition among more than 90 talented vocalists and groups. Audience members voted on their favorite top five in five categories; best gospel and group performers, male and female performers, and best 16-and-under performer.
Other winners crowned during the special event include: Top Male Vocalist, Wiley Winters, Pauls Valley; Top Female Vocalist, Missy Rude, Pauls Valley; Top Gospel Group, Southern SONlight, Ada; Top 16-and-under vocalist, Sierra Sikes, Choctaw; and Best Group went to “Red River” members Scott Young, Ronnie Johns, Wes McKinzie and Brett Barrett.
Long-time McSwain Theatre Manager Jae L. Stilwell, along with the Crossover Band hosted the event.
“Congratulations not only to the winners but all the contestants,”
“Everyone who walks across the McSwain stage is a winner and the Grand Awards Show is our way to give something back to these generous vocalists who share their talent with us.”
The positive atmosphere created by the artists and friends, fans and family in the audience was uplifting, she said.
“We are blessed to be a part of the theatre and so proud of everyone who helped make the show a success.”
Appearing in the 16-and-under category were Carlee Eaton, McAlester; Emily Faith, Kingfisher; Aleah Howard, Elmore City; Maddox Ross, Choctaw.
“A Servant’s Heart,” Deborah Butcher, “From the Heart,” Ken Hancock, all of Ada, represented the Gospel category.
Group acts Gary McCarter and Carlee Eaton, of Tishomingo and McAlester; Jimmy Tignor and Tom Schultz, all of Ada; Wiley Winters and Missy Rude, Pauls Valley; and Lauren Lee and Liberty Road, Holdenville, also appeared at the show.
Female vocalists Anne Young, Donna Marie and Karisa Davis, all of Ada; Missy Rude, Pauls Valley; and Cathy Lake, Runaway Bay, Texas, performed during the show.
Top Male contenders Clancy Davis, Ada; Matt Johns, Edmond; Gary McCarter, Tishomingo; Jared Orr, Coalgate, also made an appearance at the show.
“Entertainer of the Year” was decided among “Red River,” Ada; Clancy Davis, Ada; Gary McCarter, Tishomingo; Maddox Ross, Choctaw; and “A Servant’s Heart,” Ada.
The McSwain Theatre 20th Anniversary Grand Awards also paid homage to the original awards show series, which honored music industry legends and helped launch the career of a present-day superstar. The inaugural 1993 McSwain Theatre Grand Award Show honored the “Queen Mother of Nashville” Mae Boren Axton for her influence on the music scene.
The McSwain Theatre, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, is located at 130 W. Main in Ada.
posted October 25, 2013 9:30 am edt