‘American Idol’ stars coming to Bastrop Texas | statesman.com


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Preston Lowe backstage at American Idol with Tamyra Gray who will be coming to his home town of Bastrop Texas to perform along side Ruben Studdard.

The Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry will be mixing home-grown music talent with “American Idol” stars such as Ruben Studdard (who won “American Idol” in its second season), Paris Bennett, Tamyra Gray and Pia Toscano at a sterling show Nov. 19 at Bastrop’s Jerry Fay Wilhelm Aerforming Arts Center.
It will be produced by Ron DeShay – a Bastrop High School graduate and former senior producer of “American Idol.” He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the show and was also executive producer and directed the History Channel’s first-ever reality program –“Full Throttle.”

American-Idol-pantry--6-“We are taking local talent and partnering it with professional talent,” said an excited Tresha Silva, executive director of the food pantry, about the great lineup of singers/musicians.

Some of the well-known local performers include blues band the Peterson Brothers, classical guitarist Mark Cruz, vocalist Jordan Underwood and the Bastrop Community Choir. Joining them will be Ed Sanders, the Ascension Choir, the Cedar Creek Burning Hearts Praise Band and the Huston-Tillotson University Choir.

“I am thrilled to be back in Bastrop and even more excited to help with the biggest event to ever hit Bastrop County,” said DeShay. “Tamyra, Paris and Pia are incredible performers. They represent some of the best talent in the music industry today.”

The excitement was obvious at the food pantry last week as DeShay and Silva talked about the show, which also will literally “roll out a red carpet.”

Rick Perry, Ronnie McDonaldDeShay said he is excited to be seeing his buddies and classmates – former Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald and Donald Williams, communications director for the Bastrop school district.

“We were the Three Musketeers,” DeShay said with laugh, referring to the tight bond with his two classmates.

DeShay said Jerry Fay Wilhelm was crucial to his entry into the arts.

He said she told him at one point – after he took part in some drama class improvisation techniques – “You can make it in this business.”

DeShay currently lives in California (Orange County) but said he plans to move his family to Bastrop soon.

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