Talented hopefuls impress the judges and stun the crowd!

The evening of January 11 at the SOSMP Music Hall will be a night to remember for years to come when more than a dozen artists took part in the first 2019 Suwannee River Jam Audition at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

Before the night ended, it was clear this was one of the best lineups of up and coming country artists to participate in a Jam Audition.

While the plan was to select only five artists to move forward to the March 8 Suwannee River Jam Audition final for solo and duos, that plan changed due to the high quality of talent. Audition organizer Steve Briscoe and the judges for the evening, Donny Weatherford, Lyndie Burris Knowles, and Josh Blackmon, came up with a plan to take as many artists as possible forward a decision the audience gave its roar of approval.

“This has never been done here before,” Briscoe said before announcing Katie O, a 13-year-old from Jacksonville, Sadie Miller, a 10-year-old from Branford, and brand new SOSMP artist Brooke Spencer, a 10-year-old from Jacksonville, will perform at this year’s Suwannee River Jam as a trio after all three brought astonishing performances during the audition.

Next, Briscoe announced that Orlando’s Diamond Dixie trio of sisters Gabriela and Bianca and brother Ronnie LeDuc, making their first appearance at the SOSMP for the audition, will go straight to the Jam as a band as well! The dynamic trio, performing for about 10 years across Florida and Nashville, brought great energy and excitement during their audition.

Winners and artists moving on to the final audition March 8th at the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Hall.

Briscoe, who earlier had said only five artists would move forward, then announced the five who will audition one last time March 8 in the Music Hall for the final audition before the Jam. These terrific artists include Brandon Adams (Saint Augustine), Cheyenne Graft Brigham (O’Brien) and Nolan Hamm (Bushnell), Sarah Trimm (Live Oak) and a duo of Stephen Quinn and Gabe Bullard (Jacksonville).

Other artists bringing great music were Amanda Gilbert (Valdosta, Ga.), Zachary Landis (Gainesville), Kyle Brigham (O’Brien) and Reginald Stacy (Bronson).

The next audition is February 8 in the Music Hall, which will feature a number of bands vying for their chance to play the Jam. On February 16 at the Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival auditions will be held for solo, duos, and bands beginning at 10:30 a.m.

On March 8 at the Music Hall the final band audition and the final audition for all solo and duo winners will take place. Solo and duos chosen as winners that night will perform at the 2019 SRJ as will any bands chosen as winners in the auditions.

The 2019 Suwannee River Jam will take place May 1-4 at the Music Park. This year’s lineup boast the phenomenal talents of Hank Williams Jr., Trace Adkins, Chase Rice, Clint Black, Gretchen Wilson, Craig Campbell, and Frankie Ballard with more artists to be announced.