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Laurel Wright / Press

"Laurel Wright representing radio station WIVK in Knoxville, Tennessee has won the 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown produced for a one-hour television special at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium."

"She’s built a devoted following in recent years and earned the attention of radio personnel at local country station WIVK-FM."

“Laurel Wright is on her way to Nashville for the National Final. While en route, she's racked up a considerable amount of online traffic and she is our "Featured Performer of the Week!" ”

“As one of the five Regional Winners from across the country Laurel Wright will compete for $100,000 and the coveted National Title, “Best New Act in Country Music” at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium on January 26, 2012.””

"When the kids at the school took to her so well, I could see that could be something she could do to get a good message across to the kids,” Jackie Mills said. “They really connected with her and didn’t want her to stop. She was amazing.”

"William Blount High School sophomore Laurel Wright will be featured along with national artists Blaine Larsen, James Wesley, Troy Olsen, Frankie Ballard and Katie Armiger in the debut show."

"On her way to achieving her dream of performing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry."

"She’s a solid songwriter, an amazing singer and most importantly she’s well-grounded."

"Laurel Wright has a country voice that rivals some professional singers, and she's 14."