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2015 Sugar Land Superstar Winner !


Raivyn Hearne performed A Song for You to win the Superstar contest. photo - www.danielford.productions

Raivyn Hearne performed A Song for You to win the Superstar contest. photo – www.danielford.productions

By Mara Soloway

For the Sugar Land Superstar finale in August, Raivyn Hearne chose to sing A Song for You, written by Leon Russell. “I sing it all the time. The Donny Hathaway version is one that everybody loves. It’s classic and romantic,” she said. And from now on, she can consider it her good luck charm: Raivyn won first place as the 2015 Sugar Land Superstar, followed by first runner-up Hannah Berkowitz and second runner-up Reagan Johnson.

To get to those top spots, each contestant had to perform a 60-second a cappella audition in April, and from there, 24 contestants were chosen to compete in either Round 1 (June 20) or Round 2 (July 18). Five contestants from each of these rounds moved on to the finale on Aug. 15, which was performed in front of a Town Square crowd that spilled into the street.

A panel of three judges chose the winners of the first two rounds; during the finale, the crowd’s text message votes were also tallied along with judges’ votes.

Entrants had to be full-time residents of Fort Bend County and at least 14 years old. Raivyn, 21, lives in Missouri City, Hannah, 19, lives in Stafford and Reagan, 17, lives in Sugar Land.

Sugar Land Town Square merchants and restaurants and David Taylor Cadillac provided the prizes. The final three contestants each received flowers from House of Blooms. Raivyn also received a three-day Cadillac rental from David Taylor Cadillac; gift cards from Escalantes, The Ginger Mule, GURU Burgers & Crepes, Japaneiros, Jupiter Pizza & Waffles and Town Square; and one week of unlimited classes at Revolution Studio.

Raivyn grew up singing in church, but her mother says that even as a baby she was singing herself to sleep. Music was an everyday aspect of her life, until as a young girl, she watch an episode of Moesha that featured a musical performance by the lead actress, R&B singer Brandy Norwood. “I wanted to be able to do that. That’s when I started dreaming about having a singing career,” she said. Raivyn has also been inspired by the two brothers from Run-DMC, Rev. Run (aka Joseph Simmons) and Russell Simmons. “It’s not just their music that is meaningful to me. Their jouney of how they got where they are and their wisdom has been a big influence on me, both mentally and phystically.”

Raivyn been an Army reservist since she was 19. The military supports her career: next February, she will perform with the U.S. Army Soldier Show, which is a live, variety performance featuring the Army’s best singers and dancers who earn their spot through a rigorous audition process. After months spent rehearsing and training, the show travels to bases around the world between May and September.

The talented young woman plans to move to Los Angeles after the U.S. Army Soldier Show ends to work at being an independent artist. To see Raivyn perform her original music and that of others, check out her Facebook and YouTube pages.

(L-R) Emcee Michele Fisher; Reagan Johnson, second runner-up; Raivyn Hearne, winner,; and Hannah Berkowitz, first runner-up. photo - photo - www.danielford.productions

(L-R) Emcee Michele Fisher; Reagan Johnson, second runner-up; Raivyn Hearne, winner,; and Hannah Berkowitz, first runner-up. photo – www.danielford.productions


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