Join the cast of the Johnston Community College Country Music Showcase as they present a show filled with timeless Christmas songs.
The show opens Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium located on the Smithfield campus. Additional shows are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. The pre-show begins approximately 20 minutes before show time. Musical accompaniment for the JCC Country Music Showcase is provided by The Nu-Tones.
Individual show tickets bought in advance are $15 for all performances. At the door, tickets are $17.50. Tickets are available online at www.jccperformingarts.com and through the JCC Box Office by calling (919) 209-2099 Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The performers on the December Country Music Showcase are:
Jessica, Natalie, Lydia, and Valerie Hall are the musically talented daughters of David and Kathryn Hall. Each sister plays an instrument: Jessica-piano, Natalie-violin, Lydia-viola, and Valerie-cello in addition to singing. The Hall sisters have attended the Annie Moses Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN and performed at Carnegie Hall this past January.
Scott Johnson of Benson returns to the CMS stage for his performance of ‘If We Make It Through December’. He has 10 years’ experience playing and singing with Black Creek, a bluegrass gospel group. Scott attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and enjoys learning to play new musical instruments.
Amy Wiggs made her singing debut at three years old with “You are My Sunshine!” and has been singing ever since! She has performed in many local festivals and is a second grade teacher at West View Elementary and attends C3 church. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and obtained her teaching certification from Campbell University. Wiggs has been performing with the CMS since 2000.
AJ Stallings makes a return appearance on the CMS. He is a student at JCC majoring in Fine Arts, Business Management and Graphic Design. He sang with the Young Disciples from 6th grade through his senior year in high school. He has also played piano and sang with several church praise bands.
Taylor Fleming is the daughter of Ken and Kelly of Raleigh and has been singing since age 2 ½. She has been a CMS guest performer since age 4. She has performed the National Anthem at the NC State Fair for Sara Evans, Leann Rimes, Phil Vasser, Little Big Town, JoDee Messina and Josh Turner. Fleming also performs regularly throughout the state at local festivals and other country music shows. Besides singing, she enjoys knee and wakeboarding, dancing, photography and spending time with family.
Hayley Hall has been a featured performer for the Fayetteville Swampdogs and the USO of Wilmington. She enjoys marching band, writing, photography, and performing at festivals throughout southeastern North Carolina. Hall has sung on CMS since 2007 and has performed in national talent reviews in NC, SC, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Robin Davis currently sings with The Nutones and sang for 10 years with the award-winning gospel trio, Set Free. He is the co-owner/co-founder of MRC Songwriting & Music Production and sings as a studio back-up vocalist at S&H Studios. Davis enjoys singing with his church choir at Umstead Park UCC in Raleigh, and is the owner of Kenly Drug and Pharmacy.
Eric Turner is the son of Beth and Mark Farmer. He is a freshman at Johnston Community College. He traveled for a year with Rusty Ayers, a minister, playing saxophone for services. Along with playing the saxophone, Eric also plays guitar, bass and piano. He will be performing ‘Silver Bells’.
Stephanie Gardner is the daughter of Steve and Pansy Gardner. She is the principal female vocalist at Ignite Church and the lead singer of Divine Obsession. Stephanie has sang at the National Fine Arts competition. She enjoys singing and music. Stephanie’s biggest musical influences include, Kim Walker-Smith, Etta James, and Adele. Stephanie will be performing ‘I Love You, I Do’.
Brant Parker is the husband of Amanda Parker and the father of Brandy Parker. This will be Brant and Brandy’s 4th year performing at the Country Music Showcase. They have played at Johnston Community College’s Howell Woodstock and other various venues. Brant and Brandy enjoy performing and writing music as well as fishing and playing the guitar. Brant and Brandy will be singing ‘O Holy Night’.
Jennifer Holley holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Campbell University and has enjoyed entertaining audiences for over 15 years as Miss South Johnston and Miss Benson. She sang as a member of the Campbell University Choir and currently sings at Lee’s Union Advent Christian Church. Jennifer enjoys family time with her two children and husband, Lee.
Flossie Lowrance is a graduate of JCC in Office Systems Technology. Flossie has enjoyed entertaining crowds at her church for many years and had the opportunity to sing back-up with Natalie Grant as a part of a Christmas concert. She has also written and recorded ‘My Little Miracle’ shortly after the birth of her second grandchild.
Established in 1969, Johnston Community College is a comprehensive community college within the North Carolina System, offering more than 40 academic programs and numerous continuing education programs, services and opportunities. The College provides programming through its main campus in Smithfield as well as the Arboretum, Cleveland Center, Rudolph Howell & Son Environmental Learning Center and the Workforce Development Center. JCC is fully accredited by the Commission of Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates, diplomas and associate degrees.