By SALLY SEXTON
For the first time ever, Parker County got a chance to see and listen to up-and-coming artists, as musicians performed in the first annual Parker County Idol earlier this month.
Two winners, one male vocalist and one female vocalist, were crowned the winners Nov. 16 at Oliver’s Sports Bar, which hosted the 12-week contest, in Willow Park. Bailee Williams, 17, of Peaster, was named the winner of the female category while Kolby Henderson, of Weatherford, won the male category.
Williams, who attends Peaster High School, got involved in the contest as a second thought.
“One of my mom’s friends was running the contest, and we jokingly decided that I would enter it just for fun,” Williams said.
After missing the first two weeks of competition, Williams performed the third week, getting a score of 59 out of 60, but falling short to that week’s winner who received 60 out of 60.
After advancing to the semifinals, Williams performed Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” to advance to the finals. There, she originally performed “Cups,” from the movie “Pitch Perfect” but had to choose another song after it was determined that her use of cups during the song was considered instrumental.
“For my second song, I sang ‘Home Sweet Home,’ the Carrie Underwood version, and ended up getting the same score, 110 out of 120, to win,” Williams said.
Williams said she has always enjoyed singing, starting out at a very young age. She participated in choir in seventh grade and said it is something she is thinking about getting into.
Henderson has also shown a passion for music from an early age, mimicking oldies on the radio while his mom drove him to daycare.
“I love to sing and to write music,” he said. “I’ve always loved singing but I didn’t start writing until I was in the ninth grade. Then, my senior year of high school, I decided to take up guitar as well.”