Bradford Fest Suwannee River Jam Audition winners announced


Three talented winners chosen at the Feb. 26 Bradford Fest Talent Showdown now go on to the Suwannee River Jam finals at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla!These winners are Lauren Ogburn of Columbia County, 1st place; Maci McDuffie of Bradford County, 2nd place and Willow Veda of Columbia County, 3rd place. Ogburn won $500 in prize money, McDuffie took home $50 and Veda took home $25. These three will join other winners from the four initial auditions at the Suwannee River Jam Final Audition April 7 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak. Winners there will perform on the amphitheatre stage during the 2012 Jam May 2-5. Country artists set to perform at the Jam include Trace Adkins, Randy Travis, Joe Nichols, LoCash Cowboys, Ashton Shepherd, Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Justin Moore, Steve Holy and Justin Case Band. Lauren Ogburn, who will turn 16 before the final Jam audition, developed a passion for singing when she was 3. She sang her first church solo at age 5. Lauren has competed in the Texaco Country Showdown and at various other competitions. Among her favorite activities is mudding, hunting and fishing when she‘s not attending school or singing. She describes herself as a simple country girl who loves the Lord. “Jesus Christ is not only my Savior, He is my Lord,” Lauren states. Maci McDuffie, 13, is a singer and performer with dreams of being the next super star. She began her singing career at age 4 when she won a talent show at a local fair. “I haven’t stopped singing or performing since,” she states. Maci has performed at many places including the Suwannee River Jam, Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Baker County and Clay County fairs. “I call the stage my home, and I can’t wait to sing and perform for you,” she said. Willow Veda, 14, is a member of the Junior Honor Society and likes music, horses, soccer and learning to play the guitar. Willow won her first talent show at age 10. Since then, her music and acting experience includes the High Springs Playhouse, school chorus productions and winning titles such as Northwest Ohio’s Latino Idol 2011, Columbia County’s Southside Idol 2011, Mad Fest Junior Division winner and Columbia’s Top Talent Junior Division winner. Always eager to expand her horizons, Willow recently competed in the Miss Olustee pageant and won the talent division.  

Two auditions remain - Jacksonville Landing March 24 (deadline to enter is March 16) and Whisky River April 4 (deadline to enter is March 30). Interested country and country rock talent are urged to check out the 1st Street Music and Sound Company’s website at for details as deadlines are near and no exceptions will be made on meeting these deadlines.

For more information about the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Suwannee River Jam, SpringFest, Wanee or to buy tickets or book accommodations for any of these festivals, you may call 386-364-1683, email or go to

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. Keep an eye out for the SOSMP sign and white painted board fence!


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