SOURCE: Soles4Souls Inc.

June 05, 2007 15:40 ET

Sonic Drive-In Serves Up Fourth Annual "Search 4 a Star" Contest

Benefiting Local Non-Profit Soles4Souls

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - This summer, Music City's next big star will be discovered at a neighborhood Drive-In, if Sonic has its way. Potential stars of all ages are invited to take part in the fourth consecutive "Sonic Search 4 a Star" talent competition. The winners in five separate age categories will receive $1,000 cash and a professionally produced recording session at Nashville's Fireside Studios.

"Sonic Search 4 a Star" was created four years ago by Sonic Drive-In's Chuck Sugg as a local contest for the Franklin Lions Club's Annual 4th of July celebration. Within a couple of years, artists of all ages and styles were coming from all over the country to participate in what is fast becoming the most popular talent competition in Middle Tennessee. In fact, several winners have continued their climb to the stars after winning the contest. Franklin's own Taylor Ware, the first youth champion in 2004, was a finalist in the popular TV show, "America's Got Talent." Aaron Kelly, 2005's youth winner from Pennsylvania, now performs all over the country with the likes of Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry and other popular artists.

All unsigned musicians (individuals, duets, or groups) are invited to enter the 2007 musical talent contest, which will be judged by a panel of music industry professionals. The contest will once again feature performers from five categories (Children: 5-9 years old, Youth: 10-13 years old, Teens: 14-18 years old, Adults: 19-49 years old, and Mature: 50 years and older).

"Our goal is to offer talented performers of all ages the opportunity to showcase their talents competitively in an exciting live setting. We hope we can help turn their dreams into a reality. It's great to see the contest grow and get better every year. I'm amazed that the quality and talent of the contestants has grown with it," says Chuck Sugg of Sonic Drive-In. "Sonic is proud and privileged to present this event to our community."

This year, the 2007 Sonic Search 4 a Star will benefit Soles4Souls™ Inc. "We are excited to be a part of Sonic Search 4 a Star," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "We want to thank Sonic for generously including our charity in this exciting talent contest."

The competition will be held the week of July 30 - Aug. 2 at various Sonic Drive-In locations within Williamson and Davidson Counties. Locations for each round of live competitions are listed below:

First Round:
Monday, July 30, 2007, 6:00 PM
Brentwood Sonic Drive-In
1618 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 6:00 PM
East Franklin Sonic Drive-In
1505 Murfreesboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37067

Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 6:00 PM
Bellevue Sonic Drive-In
7679 Highway 70 South, Nashville, TN 37221

Semi-Final Round:
Thursday, August 2, 2007, 6:00 PM
Centennial Sonic Drive-In
4101 Mallory Lane, Franklin, TN 37067
The final round of competitions will be held Friday, August 3 at the Williamson County Fair in the Ag Expo Center, Presented by Tractor Supply.

This year, entering the "Sonic Search 4 a Star" talent contest is easier than ever before. Like previous years, applications can be picked up at any Williamson County "Hometown" Sonic Drive-In or downloaded and printed from the official "Sonic Search for a Star" website: However, this year applicants have the choice paying the entry fee by either mailing a check with their application or by paying online with a credit card.

To complete the registration process, applicants will need to mail in a completed application along with a CD with one or two recorded samples (original songs or cover versions will be accepted), a photograph and a brief bio before July 23, 2007.

Applications should be sent to:
"Sonic Search 4 a Star" benefiting Soles4Souls
2900 Lebanon Road, Suite #210
Nashville, TN 37214
All application materials become the property of Sonic Corporation and will not be returned, so do not send original or master recordings. Color copies of photographs will be accepted, but will not be returned.

The "Sonic Search 4 a Star" selection committee will review all entries received by the deadline. No late application will be accepted without prior notice. Performers will be selected based on talent, performance quality, stage presence, uniqueness and style as presented on the submitted material. Contestants will be notified by July 27, 2007, and contest results will be posted on the official Sonic Search 4 a Star website.

To find additional details, visit the official website at: or stop by any Williamson County Sonic Drive-In.


Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of shoes, which will be used to aid the hurting worldwide. As part of their Million Pair March campaign, Soles4Souls will ship shoes to the Sudan, a notoriously poverty- and war-stricken area of the world. The Million Pair March has already been endorsed by some of Hollywood's finest, including Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, Melissa Rivers, and Scarlett Johansson, who graciously had Reebok donate 2,000 pairs of shoes in her name to the cause. Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate footwear (both new and used). Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. For more information about the Million Pair March or Soles4Souls, please Call (866) 521-SHOE or visit or

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