Emerging Artist Winner 2014


 Logan Layman of Williamsburg Wins the Emerging Artist Contest

Logan Layman

Logan Layman won the coveted title of 2014 Emerging Artist at the Attucks Theater on Saturday, April 12 beating out 10 semi-finalists from all over Southeastern Virginia. The Emerging Artist Contest is part of the 7th Annual Sea Level Singer/ Songwriter Festival in Norfolk, VA.  The Festival is produced by a volunteer committee; it is the largest annual fundraiser for Tidewater Arts Outreach.

As the 2014 Emerging Artist, Layman will appear live on radio shows, Out of the Box on WHRV FM 89.5, Hunter at Sunrise on WHRV HD3, perform on WAVY TV 10’s Hampton Roads Show and perform at Hampton Bay Days Festival in September 2014.  She will also receive a 10–hour recording session from SoniQual Studio and photography studio services from JPixx and Jim Knox Photography.

Layman was bestowed this honor by a panel of three judges: Jeff Maisey of VEER and Paul Shugrue and Hunter Hughes from WHRV public media.  Layman said, “I am blessed to win the singer songwriter contest. I was amazed by the competition and musicians! The two songs I performed came from my heart and I am very thankful that people enjoyed them. I couldn’t be any happier!”

“This contest is always a great way for us to show the community the tremendous talent we have right here in Hampton Roads,” says Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) executive director MaryAnn Toboz. “We are excited for their performances and to give the winner this new opportunity at a music career.”

Also at the Attucks on Saturday night, special recognition went to contest judge and long-time radio host Paul Shugrue of WHRV’s weeknight evening and Saturday afternoon music show “Out of the Box,” where he was named the recipient of the 2014 Beacon Award.  The Beacon Award, given to celebrate the achievement of individuals and/or organizations in the community who have supported live music, area musicians and the local music community, was presented to Shugrue at the Attucks Theater during the Emerging Artist Showcase.

The ten Emerging Artist finalists, in alphabetical order, were:

  • Alice Conner – Virginia Beach
  • Dustin Furlow – Virginia Beach
  • John “BJ” Griffin – Virginia Beach
  • Logan Layman – Williamsburg
  • Stephan Lazar – Norfolk
  • Jared May – Newport News
  • Kelsie McNair – Norfolk
  • Roy Moats – Newport News
  • Richard Moss – Virginia Beach
  • Dan Pellegrino – Norfolk

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