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Caroline Reilly Wins Grand Prize at First Annual Amateur Talent Contest

First place in the 1st Annual Amateur Talent Contest organized by Dukes Bar and Grill in Milton went to Caroline Reilly, a sophomore at Forsyth Virtual Academy. Reilly received $500 in cash, a $500 Duke’s gift card, and a $200 gift card from Music Matters in Milton.  

In accepting the award, Reilly said, “I made some life changing connections as a result of the competition and will be forever grateful for this experience.”

Twenty-five artists ages 17 years old and under competed. Each of the participants played four songs, with the final eight competing in the runoff.

Judges of the contest were Dan Hannon, producer, artist, songwriter and Dove Award nominee for Pop Contemporary Album of the Year; Matt Iudice, owner of an entertainment and management marketing firm in Atlanta; Bram Bessoff, producer and stage performance trainer; and Hanna Henry, a performance coach with a focus on piano, guitar, and songwriting.  

Entries are being accepted for the next competition of amateurs 17 years old and under. Those interested can call 770-674-7671.