Local teen moves on to next round on ‘American Idol’

Zach D’Onofrio has received a Golden Ticket, and his next national appearance on American Idol will be during Hollywood Week. The 17-year-old Wiregrass Ranch High School student impressed judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie with “The Way You Look Tonight,” a Frank Sinatra song. When he appeared before the celebrity judges in New York, the first thing he did was give each of them … [Read more...]

Singing hopefuls flock to Tampa Bay Idol

When 15-year-old Julia Toussaint learned American Idol auditions were coming to Wesley Chapel, she couldn’t pass up the chance at stardom. “I told my voice teacher, ‘We have to do it,’” said Toussaint, a sophomore at Tarpon Springs High School. Toussaint, who began singing as a 5-year-old, was one of 400 preregistered contestants selected for “Tampa Bay Idol” auditions, held Aug.12 at … [Read more...]

Searching for a superstar in Tampa Bay

American Idol is a cultural phenomenon. The reality television show is known for launching major singing careers for Idol winners, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. And, even reaching the top 10 can be life-changing. Jennifer Hudson, for instance, finished seventh in 2004, but went on to win an Oscar for the movie musical, “Dream Girls,” and remains a superstar. So, future singing … [Read more...]

Stage is set for another music fest next year

Doreen Armillei and her husband, Ron, were grabbing a bite to eat as they waited for things to get started at the Land O’ Lakes Spring Music Festival & Expo, presented by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. The Land O’ Lakes couple came out to the concert for a simple reason. “I wanted to see Taylor Hicks,” Doreen said. “I like his personality very much,” Doreen added, noting she … [Read more...]

Taylor Hicks to perform in Land O’ Lakes

Before he became nationally known, Taylor Hicks spent years in relative obscurity, sharing his music at any venue where he could get a booking. “I would play everything from small venues to clubs to honky-tonks, to roadhouses to juke joints — you name it, I was playing it,” Hicks said. Over the years, he played concerts and club dates with widely known musicians, but he didn’t get his big … [Read more...]

Festival seeks to become signature event

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is launching a new event aimed at giving people an annual music festival they can enjoy, while area businesses showcase their goods and services. The festival is a new take on the chamber’s annual business expo that has been held for two decades at the Land O’ Lakes Parks and Recreation Complex. The event, slated for March 11 and March 12, will be at the … [Read more...]