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Country Idol Contest with 107.7 & 92.1 THE BULL
Friday, July 21, 2017:  6:00 pm-11:00 pm



FIRST EVER!! Country Idol Competition sponsored by 107.7 & 92.1 THE BULL  Bloomington-Normal radio station and Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.  There will be prizes for first and second place winners.

  • The First place winner will receive a cash prize and also a recording session at Eclipse Recording Studios in Bloomington Normal.  Eclipse Studio will do full tracking, mixing, and mastering during a five hour recording session with the competition winner.

Gretchen Wirtz, a long time friend and fan of the vineyard, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, bringing her fun personality and laughter to the competition. 

  •  The 6 piece band Spurs and Lace will entertain from 6-7pm, 
  • Contestants will perform between 7-9pm.
  •  Spurs and Lace will close out the evening from 9-11pm with high energy Country Rock so bring your dancing shoes.
  • A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Colon Cancer Conncections Group, locally supporting early screening, colon cancer education and support for cancer survivors and their loved ones.
  • Admission is $10 per person for the concert and contest, kids 12 & under are free.

We have a panel of three judges, two are local people in our Music community and one judge is from a publishing house in Nashville.

 Jennifer Duke, Creative Manager at Razor and Tie Music Publishing in Nashville Jen Duke, graduate of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University, is the Creative Manager at Razor & Tie Music Publishing in Nashville. RTMP is home to hits such as Blake Shelton’s #1 hits “Over” & “God Gave Me You”, Randy Houser's #1 "We Went", Jake Owen’s #1 “Alone With You”, Tyler Farr’s #1 “Whiskey In My Water”, Jessie J’s, “Masterpiece”, and many others. Jennifer has spent nearly 3 years with RTMP, serving in a creative role, assisting in the both creative as well as administration processes in the company. Prior to RTMP, Duke worked or interned at various music industry companies including William Morris Endeavor, Creative Nation, Secret Road, Crush Management, and Words & Music Copyright Administration. 

 Marita Brake, Musician and the Music Shoppe Music Education Center Director Songwriting Lessons If Marita isn’t a household name in Central Illinois, she should be! Her credits include performances for two presidential inaugurals, Carnegie Hall, projects for PBS and three CDs. She’s toured throughout the United States and Great Britain and brings that professional performance to her students. Her specialties include guitar, voice, songwriting, dulcimer and ukulele. Marita has taught at the Music Shoppe for over 30 years teaching all levels and welcomes anyone at any age and level of experience. She teaches a variety of people and styles while covering all the important stuff.


Joe Greenwood-Radio host at 107.7 & 92.1The Bull Radio Bloomington In the radio business since 1996, Joe Greenwood has been witness to many artists rise to superstardom. He has been making decisions about which songs get added, dropped, increased or decreased on the radio for the better part of a decade. He was an early adder of artists like Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, and Dustin Lynch. It is safe to say he knows a hit song when he hears it. Joe Greenwood was voted Peoria’s Best DJ in the 2017 Best of the Best poll in the PJ Star. He looks forward to continuing that success with 107.7 and 92.1 the Bull in Bloomington/Normal. When he is not in front of a microphone he loves spending time with the love of his life, his wife Jenni and his two beautiful daughters, Brooklyn and Adelaide. 





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