Greer Idol 6 auditions bring out the best, most talent ever

40 singers advance to the May 14 callbacks at The Davenport

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Saturday, May 5, 2012

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Robin Byouk, Greer Cultural Arts Supervisor and Greer Idol 6 director, gives singers some advise before they go on stage Saturday for their auditions.

Robin Byouk, Greer Cultural Arts Supervisor and Greer Idol 6 director, gives singers some advise before they go on stage Saturday for their auditions.



The 2011 Greer Idol runnerup, a singer headed to Broadway and a bio science major at Coastal Carolina University were among the talent at Greer Idol 6 auditions today at the Greer Family Fest.

Three of the 20 people auditioned were not given gold callback letters. That means 43 callbacks will be held May 14 at The Davenport. Only five people were not voted forward by the judges.

Doug Allen, last year’s runnerup, said he missed the competition. “I was so disappointed when it was all over last year,” Allen said. Allen works on the night shift at BMW and has his supervisor’s approval to attend Idol competitions.

John Garrison, a graduate of Greer High School, was asked by the judges if he ever appeared on Broadway. Garrison said he was headed to New York City to attend an intensive week of song and acting and the result will be joining the Broadway cast. He has also advanced to the Atlanta tryout of X Factor.

Deonta “Bree” Bowden said she is majoring in biochemistry and is steering toward becoming a doctor. “Greer Idol was kind of on my bucket list of things to do,” Bree said.

• Nancy Henry so overwhelmed the judges no comments were offered. “I was ready to cut loose, too,” Henry said.

• Tiffany Abercrombie said her first year as a jailer at Greenville County’s detention center was tough. “But the last three were good.” Her love for singing brought her to Greer Idol tryouts.

• The judges liked Jeff Laughter’s black hat but not his voice, as they didn’t vote him forward.

• David Preston was advised by the judges not to wear a hat to the next audition. Preston decided to enter Greer Idol from watching Moonlight Movies and attending Tunes on Trade.

Paul Bailey

“Laughed Until We Cried” by Jason Aldean

“I Love Sleeping In On Saturdays” by Eric Church


* Jeff Laughter

“I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash

“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash

Judges loved his black cowboy hat, but not enough to push him to the next round.

Brittany Gosnell

“Let It Rip” by The Dixie Chicks

“Walking after Midnight: by Patsy Cline

Works at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital

* Felicia Davis

“Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri

“Nobody’s Home”,  by Avri Lavigne

Trainee at SC Works

Colleen Gaine

“American Honey” by Lady Antebellum

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

Recently moved from Boston to Marietta. Has music degree from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass.

David Harris

“Stand By Me” by Ben. E. King

“Swing Life Away” by Rise Against

Rising junior at USC Columbia, majoring in Biology

David Peterson

“Back Around” by Demi Lovato

“If You’re Reading This” by Tim McGraw

Works in Inventory 

Nancy Henry

“I Don’t Know Why Jesus Loves Me” by Andre Crouch

“Amazing Grace”

Getting ready to cut first album, works at C.J.’s Restaurant in Boiling Springs

Tiffany Abercrombie

 “Original Circle” by Marques Houston

“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

Former jailer at Greenville County Detention Center

Misty Rice

“Hip to my Heart” The Band Perry

“Misbehavin” Broadway musical

Second Greer Idol, competed in Greer Idol I. … works with charities … is regional queen in Nationwide’s “Today’s American Woman”

Doug Allen

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland

"I Write The Songs" by Barry Manilow

2011 Greer Idol Runnerup by tenths of a point. … works at BMW.

Gina Davis

“Break It To Me Gently” by Brenda Lee

“Killing Me Gently” by Roberta Flack

Participated in Liberty Idol the past three years

 Leah Meahl

“I Know Where I’ve Been” Hairspray musical

“Reflections” by Christina Aquilera

Senior at Wade Hampton High School

 Caitlyn Howard

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

“Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston

Former Miss Greater Greer Teen. … sophomore at North Greenville University .. majoring in science.

Jamesia Downs

“All The Man That I Need” By Whitney Houston

“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

Jamesia was third runnerup last year at Spartanburg Idol.  … Student at Greenville Tech studying Administrative Office Technology.

Ammadezia Styles

“Bye Bye Love” by Everly Brothers

“Amazing Grace”

Works in day care. … the judges commended Ammadezia on her volume but also cautioned her when to use it.

John Garrison

“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

“One That Got Away” by Katy Perry

Greer High School graduate. … advanced to X Factor in Atlanta. … will perform in Wicked on Broadway later this summer.

* Nicholas Johnson

“Hey Jude” by the Beatles

“How Great is Our God”

Wade Hampton student

Brionah Pride

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

Won 2010 Greer Teen Idol … attends Riverside High School

Devanta “Bree” Bowden

“Take a Look At Me Now” by Phil Collins

“Set Fire To The Rain” by Adele

Sophomore at Coastal Carolina University. … major is bio chemistry. … wants to be a doctor.

* Denotes failed to make cut

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