Big dreams do come true and for one hometown girl that dream became a reality. Detroit’s own Justine Blazer won the first “Ram Truck Battle of the Bands” contest and took home a cool $5,000!
She was among numerous competitors in a nationwide search of young talented singers, songwriters and musicians looking to make it big. It was during last weekend’s Ram Rodeo Series in Austin, Texas that admiring country music fans had a chance to see her and runner-up The Natalie Turgeon Band (who walked away with $2,500) perform live on stage. The two finalists were rated on the originality and creativity of the song’s lyrics, music and appeal.
After a coin toss to see who would perform first, The Natalie Turgeon Band who came from the Northeast took the stage and began jamming with their original number “Country-ish”. Lead singer Natalie Turgeon belted out the lyrics with such force and conviction that you’d swear she was born in the Grand Ole Opry rather than New Hampshire.
Then it was Justine’s chance to turn up the heat. This veteran performer had the presence of a winning artist with her tune “New Country Beat.” Leaping off the stage, she strummed her way through the audience and made them feel as if they were part of her band. (For those of you who haven’t seen her perform, check out her music video http://www.youtube.com/ramtrucks#p/search/0/usctXRX5UcM) The choice was not an easy task for our judges, as both performers “rocked it” and had fans clapping their hands and stomping their feet. The, the competition between the bands was hotter than the BBQ cook-off and the judging was just as tough, as both Justine and Natalie sung their hearts while their band mates kept the beat.
At the end of it all, Justine Blazer took home the big prize and closed out the competition with two more songs.
“Thank you Ram so much! It’s an honor to be a part of your family and team now. I had such an amazing time in Austin. I’ll never forget this! “I look forward to working with you wonderful folks again and congrats to The Natalie Turgeon Band as well!”
You’re very welcome Justine!