Highlights of the 2014 Hold On Talent Slam in HD Video from Loveland Magazine TV
Loveland, Oh. - More than 350 attendees, an overflow and standing room crowd, waited through the evening of March 1st for their number to be drawn to win one of the hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes given away. Twenty teens performed, then waited for the $3,600 in
prize money and the announcement by the expert judges to find out if they won the $1,000 first place award.
The 2014 Hold on Talent Slam, put on by Loveland Magazine and Epiphany United Methodist Church’s A.S.A.P. ministry, was held this year in the basketball gym of the New Hope Baptist Church. The event was free to enter for a very enthusiastic audience that was fed well by donations from area eateries.
The teens auditioned to enter the Slam that celebrated teen talent in the performing arts. One contestant, Sophia Bibb traveled from San Antonio to play and sing her original piece with herself as accompanist. Singing into a second mic, her “loop petal” recorded and played back a live, second track to the song she wrote, “Upside Down”.
Mallory Jackson, a 2013 Loveland High School graduate returned to Loveland from her studies at Ohio State to again take on the duties of stage manager. She directed the rehearsal on the Friday before, and ran the show, making sure sound levels were good, microphones on stage in the right place at the right time, sound files at the sound engineer’s desk, and the choreography of teens getting from the green room to the stage in the right order. Jackson was given complete reign to manage the acts, and keep the show flowing.
Loveland Magazine sports director and on-air Loveland Magazine TV personality, Ricky Mulvey was asked back for his second year as emcee. Mulvey first emceed the original, Loveland Magazine Poetry Slam in 2012, the event that was expanded the following year to go beyond poetry performance and include the other performance art teens are so passionate about, but often go unrecognized. Prize money, cash, has been the award, as a way of honoring the teens’ talent in the tangible way the organizers felt everyone in the world understands. The audience got a great night’s entertainment, and the teens got a big stage to showcase the art that is their passion.
Every contestant earned at least $50 and a certificate for being selected a finalist. Second place earned $750.
Olivia Frances, a contestant and winner at the 2013 Hold On Talent Slam, recorded a special music video that closed out the evening with everyone singing “Get to know you”, a piece she wrote for last year’s Slam. The contestants and audience sang and danced to what Olivia has allowed to become the music theme for the Talent Slams. Olivia could not enter this year’s contest because she had a previous engagement at a fund raising event for Ugandan relief efforts.
Loveland resident and videographer, Bob Kessler recorded video, and set the sound stage lighting for Loveland Magazine. His video work was projected throughout the night on a twenty-foot wide screen above the stage.
Watch the videos below to see the finest teen talent in the tri-state and beyond and to see who took top honors as viewed by guest judges; members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Eta-Omicron Chapter, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
The first video is highlights from the best performances, including those teens that took home the top cash awards.
The corporate sponsor of the Hold On Talent Slam is Loveland Magazine. Epiphany United Methodist Church’s ASAP (Andrew’s Suicide Awareness and Prevention) is the other principal sponsor and provided leadership, numerous volunteers, and was the principal fundraiser. Other sponsors this year were: Loveland High School’s Active Minds, New Hope Baptist Church, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Eta-Omicron Chapter, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Loveland photographers, David Burig and Mellanie Harker provided still image photography.