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Idol talent makes splash at Lake Anna

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

Jason Skaggs took the inaugural title of Lake Anna Idol at the Lake Anna Wine Festival held on Saturday, September 21.

Jason Skaggs performs “Hallelujah” for the Lake Anna Idol competition.

Jason Skaggs performs “Hallelujah” for the Lake Anna Idol competition.

The 24-year-old Spotsylvania County resident wowed the crowd and judges with his performance of “Hallelujah,” accompanying himself on the guitar in both performances.

“We had some amazing talent this year,” said Karla Harrison, Lake Anna Idol competition coordinator.  “I hope that by completing the recording of an original song written by Ed Blount, as well as creatively promoting the song through a music video and CD, that this will draw a large crowd and more contestants next year at the wine festival.”

Skaggs began playing the guitar when he was about 16 and was also a member of his high school band. He has been playing in public venues for approximately five years, including at Bella Café in Stafford County and Solid Grounds in the Spotsylvania Courthouse area, as well as at Relay for Life events and other community functions and coffee houses.

“I need to thank my mom for telling me about this competition,” Skaggs said.  “It is such an honor to be able to take part in the event and be recognized for the talents God has given me.  To win something is honorable and humbling.”

Skaggs said the level of talent among the 10 contestants at the Lake Anna Idol contest was admirable and he encouraged all the participants to continue working toward their goals when he was announced as the winner.

“I was probably the elder of the contestants and some of the younger ladies had a maturity in their voices that surprised me,” he said.  “To see 15, 16 and 17- year-olds get up there in front of the crowd and sing was amazing and I’m not sure I could have done it myself at that age.”

The 2013 Lake Anna Idol didn’t start performing until he was 19 or 20 and didn’t succeed in his first competitions, but gained valuable experience.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 10 edition of The Central Virginian.