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Karaoke contest brings out the best of the north country’s talent

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Thirteen of the north country’s best singers took to the stage Friday at the Seaway Festival Karaoke Finals held at the Library Park Gazebo.

The competition began Tuesday with 32 contestants.

For brothers Tanner J., 7, and Troy M. O’Brien, 17, it was the first time they had been on stage together.

Troy has been singing for about five years and competed in the Karaoke competition for about three years, but this is the first time he was able to convince his brother to sing on stage alongside him.

“I was very nervous once I saw all the people around,” Tanner O’Brien said.

Together, they performed “Same Love” by Macklemore.

“He did a great job,” Troy O’Brien said. “I was really excited to have him up there with me.”

Troy O’Brien said the performance was bittersweet since he will be leaving home to attend SUNY Oneida this fall.

“This is our last month to hang out together before I leave for college in the fall,” he said. “But with the competition, we got to spend a lot of time practicing and listening to music together.”

For many, the talent show was a great way to practice for the real deal.

Morgan N. Sabre, 12, of Madrid, brought some jazz to the competition with “Feeling Good.” by English singer-songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.

She took home first place in the “Junior” category with her rendition.

“I had never heard of Nina before I sang the song, but now that I’ve learned the song, I want to hear more of her songs,” the aspiring singer said.

Morgan said she hopes to attend college for her degree in music business before she becomes a fulltime singer. She began competing in talent shows at age 9.

“I definitely want to do something with music,” Morgan said. “In a few weeks I will make a demo, and hopefully have the courage to send it to Nashville. I want to combine my love of jazz and country music.”

Maegan E. Zucconi, 20, of Jacksonville, Fl., was visiting friends when she decided to enter the competition.

She won best “Female” category for her performance of “Listen” by Beyoncé.

“Beyoncé has a very strong voice and the song as a lot of riffs,” she said. “But I knew I could do it if I was confident enough.”

A veteran singer, Ms. Zucconi says she doesn’t get nervous on stage. She said she would definitely compete in the contest again.

“I sing professionally and for fun,” she said. “It’s what I love to do.”

The Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival Karaoke Contest was sponsored by Q102.9, 96.7 YES-FM, and PAC 98.7.

Other winners were:

Youth: second place went to Sydney Morley and third place went to Hailey Weber.

Junior: second place went to Adriana Parks and Rileigh Planty (duet); third place went to Sienna Gamble and fourth place went to Troy and Tanner O’Brien (duet).

Ladies: second place went to Tessa Anne Harper and third place went to Collette Aumell.

Men’s: first place went to Ed Sharlow, second place went to Brandon Gamble, and third place went to Richard Fitzgerald.

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