Thursday, October 20, 2016
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office
ADA, Okla. – Ethan Stedman, of Ardmore, was named “Entertainer of the Year” during the annual McSwain Theatre Grand Awards Show. Stedman was one of six winners named Oct. 15 at the historic theater, 130 W. Main Street.
Stedman has been playing and singing about four years, but first performed at the McSwain two years ago. “Entertainer of the Year” is decided by audience vote at the end of the annual Grand Awards Show competition.
Other winners are: Tanner Massey, 16 and under; OK3, group; April Davis, gospel; Wiley Winters, male vocalist and Anne Young, female vocalist.
For three months these artists hit the McSwain stage vying for first place. Jae L. and Crossover, known for their monthly Ada-based show filled with live music, performed alongside the vocalists as they competed for audience votes.
Tanner Massey, a 12-year-old rising star from Choctaw, won the 16 and under competition. Massey has been traveling and performing at various talent shows and Opry houses in the few years since his parents discovered his talent for singing. His first original song and music video, “Why Not Me?” can be viewed on his website www.tannermasseymusic.com.
OK3 earned this year’s top place in the group category. As the name might imply, OK 3 consists of three Oklahomans: Makenna Fields from Oklahoma City, Sierra Sikes from Choctaw and Courtney Hooker from Edmond. The young women making up this pop trio have been performing together for years as friends, but only two years ago came together to form OK3.
April Davis, of Ada, competed in the gospel and female vocalist categories, placing first in the gospel category. Davis got her start singing in church at the age of three and has been singing at churches, competitions and other venues since. She said she didn’t get serious about her calling until 2012 when she, her husband and daughters began traveling and ministering in song.
Wiley Winters, originally from Wynnewood and now residing in Pauls Valley, started singing his senior year in high school. He has served as praise and worship leader as well as lead singer for churches in Pauls Valley. He won top male vocalist during the 2013 Grand Awards show and continued in the annual competition to take home the same title this year.
Anne Young moved to Ada when she was 10 and came to know it as home, after being born on a Naval base in Stanton, California, and partially growing up in Sparta, Tennessee. Young is known for her country music performances, which have been her lifelong passion. She has spent the last 34 years singing all over the southern U.S., including Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Young is this year’s Grand Awards Show top female vocalist.
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