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One of many hopeful groups performed at the StarQuest Singing Competition Friday, Oct. 4 and 5.

Photo By Brian W. Carter

Talent takes to the stage at StarQuest 2013

If you were in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Friday, Oct 4th or 5th, then you probably heard a lot of singing… and there was plenty of singing. It was the 2nd Annual StarQuest Singing Competition held at the Macy’s Bridge. People young and old, of all races came out to flex their pipes and try to make it as finalists to perform at Taste of Soul (TOS) October 19.

StarQuest, a vision of Danny Bakewell, CEO and Founder of Bakewell Media, is chance to shine the spotlight on talent within the community. The South L.A. community rarely gets a chance to participate in events like this and StarQuest gives this community a chance to reach for the stars.

In 2012, StarQuest winners, Beau Williams and Adrian Battle, were put on a path of notoriety and fame as a result of the competition. Both performers have gone on to perform at other venues.

This year will offer another chance for 10 finalists to be seen and heard at the TOS StarQuest Stage, where they will perform in front of the TOS Nation. Two winners will be selected and perform a 3-5 minute set on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH.

The community came out to both support and audition for the StarQuest competition. Those who stood in attendance were serenaded by a variety of talent who sang songs ranging from the oldies to new school.

“I think this is an excellent way to find talent in the community,” said Barbara W. of Long Beach. “There is so much hidden talent out there and this is a way to tap into that talent.

“The performances have been excellent.”

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity that they’re giving for younger artists to have an opportunity to show their talent,” said Wesley R.

“I think it’s pretty good so far,” said Victor B.

“It’s really nice,” said Mickey T. “It’s the first time I’ve been here… I just stumbled across it—it’s great.”

Some of the artists who auditioned had a chance to share their feelings about StarQuest and the chance it gives unknown talent within the community.

“It’s a wonderful event,” said musical artist Phraze. “I like the way it’s organized, everything is real professional.”

 “I love it also,” said musical artist Stack House . “It gives independents like ourselves a chance to show our work.

“It helps the [youth] to come out and shine.”

“I really like it,” said musical artist Cello. “It’s very organized… positive energy, I’m very impressed with what’s going down today.”

“Man—I love it,” said musical artist Alwaz Carey. “It gives the people in the inner-city a chance to shine.

“Beau Williams did an awesome job being an ambassador for last year and hopefully, I‘ll get a chance to be the ambassador for this year.”

Be sure to come out to Taste of Soul October 19 on Crenshaw to see who the next StarQuest winners will be.

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