Oklahoma City singer named OK City Star winner

The OK City Star competition began a month ago with open-call auditions in four cities, including Tulsa.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 3, 2013
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Tony Foster Jr., of Oklahoma City, took the top spot at the OK City Star Finals on Saturday night, performing the song “Let's Get Together.”

Foster, 25, recently returned from the current season of “American Idol,” where he finished as the top-ranked male from Oklahoma.

Foster has competed in five of the six seasons of the OK City Star competition, having finished second on two occasions.

Foster was presented with a $1,000 check and will have a song composition done in his genre, which then will be professionally recorded and aired on radio and television. In addition, he will have the opportunity to join Way Out West recording artist Shawna Russell for an upcoming performance.

The contest began a month ago with open-call auditions in four cities, including Tulsa. The semifinal round was held April 19 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The semifinalists participated in an all-day educational symposium on April 20 with experts from the music industry.

Willie Hill, 19, of Tulsa, a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, and Blake Lillard, 17, of Beggs, and a student at Claremore High School, took the second- and third-place spots respectively. Hill performed “I Know Where I've Been,” and Lillard accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for his performance of “House of the Rising Sun.” Both were competing for the first time in the OK City Star competition.

The OK City Star is a project of the OK City Chorus, an Allied Arts member agency. For more information, go to www.okcity.org.