WIU Student Wins Texaco Country Showdown Illinois Final

Alyssa Page, of Macomb, IL and a WIU alumna, is gearing up for the Midwest Regional Final at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN after winning the Illinois State Final Texaco Country Showdown.

Page, representing Macomb radio station WLMD, was awarded the state title and $1,000 at the 31st annual Texaco Country Showdown Illinois State Final, held at the Cowden Pioneer Days in Cowden, IL.

“Music has always been a big part of my family, and I started singing with my mom and four aunts when I was 5 years old,” Page said. “My aunt would hold the microphone in front of me while I sang ‘Bye Bye Love’ and ‘Jose Cuervo.’”

In the annual competition, more than 450 radio stations across the country sponsor local contestants in a competition open to vocal and/or instrumental performers. Page is now off to the regional finals, and she will have a chance to compete in the national final in Nashville, TN. The national winner is awarded the coveted title, “Best New Act in Country Music,” $100,000 and will be listed among previous winning artists such as, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Billy Ray Cyrus.

You can listen to Page’s song and learn more about her and America’s largest country music talent search at texacocountryshowdown.com.

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