For those that wondered just what the crowds at the BJCC looked like after the orchestrated portion that will be used during American Idol this season, here’s a look:
And while some 10,000 Idol hopefuls perform during auditions today (as mentioned in this morning’s post) a former Idol winner was visiting a this building in Woodlawn housing a project that he’s heavily involved in. He was giving it a voice in this community, providing a sign of hope and faith in the future of our youth.
NBC 13 and Access Hollywood cameras were sitting outside of Audiostate 55 in Woodlawn today as Ruben Studdard’s stretch SUV limo pulled out front. Studdard was there to shoot a spot for the popular entertainment magazine television show. He and Dr. Henry Panion of UAB, who will serve as director of the project, have been working to put together to implement the Music Alternative Project for youth in the Birmingham community. To give a sample of the type of work that is being done at the studio, click here to listen to Episode One of the 2006 StarsTECH Camp podcasts. For more information about the plans for the project and the studio, click here to visit the studio’s website and here to view the Fox News article from this past spring about it.
Perhaps all of this attention may lead to the development of a new Birmingham Sound, as young people in our community are empowered to not only perform, but perhaps work behind the scenes in the music industry. It may make the guys who performed on Saturday happy to know that there are more than want to make their mark in music.
Enjoy the day.