Wilson Idol Competitors Announced

Wilson Idol 2015 Winner. Source: Dr. Mildred Summerville / PVICK Studio.
Wilson Idol 2015 Winner. Source: Dr. Mildred Summerville / PVICK Studio.

Released by Dr. Mildred Summerville, Producer of Wilson Idol

Once again, The Summerville Promotion and Production Company, along with Tall One Outreach Ministries, take great pride in continuing this annual exploratory search, which identifies and augments Unsung Heroes, Icons, and Super Stars. On September 24, 2016,  Wilson Idol will provide an evening of entertainment at Fike High School, 500 Harrison Drive, Wilson North Carolina. Doors will open at 4pm and the event is scheduled to begin promptly at 5pm.

Contestants competing in this year’s event are:

  • Heather Barnes
  • Alexander Blount
  • Teryll Deberr
  • Stephon Dixon
  • Peggy Edwards
  • Camillia Evans
  • Precious Finch
  • Dr. Rudolph Lofton
  • Paris Jone
  • Khadijah Lane
  • Ceola Miller
  • Elisha Morgan
  • Tamia Rushing
  • Angelique & Alyiah Shackleford
  • Corkney Taylor
  • Ja’Maya Perry
  • Charyn Higgs
  • Jinaya Atkinson
  • Bam Bam Cruiz3r & Mary Jay
  • Tori Gaddy
  • Aaron Barnes

By creating educational and performing arts opportunities for Wilson County and the surrounding areas, Wilson Idol in conjunction with Summerville Promotion and Production Co. & Tall One Outreach Ministries reach out to preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, as an incentive for younger students to acquire social, emotional,  and academic growth in the school environment.  Also, this educational initiative increases the likelihood of overall success in school.

It is our belief that by empowering the children, it will help them facilitate personal development, while simultaneously strengthening the roles of the home, school, and community as they affect the students of the twenty-first century.

Wilson Idol is an event that honors a person who is greatly venerated in his or her community and epitomizes outstanding talent. This event showcases performances exhibited through song, instrumentation, and the spoken word.  Wilson Idol opens the doors for many participants and exposes them to the greater Wilson Community and beyond.

It is our philosophy to build a solid Arts Foundation,  which serves all ages ranging from preschool ages three years old up through age 60+.  It is through these new and innovative outlets that we focus on the importance of The Performing Arts that has the potential to foster comprehensive, intellectual, social, and emotional development for all individuals.

Advance donation is $15. At the door will be $20. Tickets are available from Hamilton Funeral Chapel, Arts Council of Wilson, and all contestants.

The competition will provide Wilson’s youth an opportunity to display authentic talents in the areas of solo music, band/group music, dance/step and dramatic interpretation. Cash prizes are awarded and the top performer will be given an opportunity to perform for Pastor Shirley Caesar, Queen of Gospel and given a part in the onstage production of the award-winning gospel play, “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child.” This Gospel Drama is written and produced by Dr. Mildred Summerville. The next play will launch in Washington DC at the Lincoln Theatre Nov. 5, 2016, 7:30pm.

All Wilson Idol winners will be featured in the “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child” Award-Winning Gospel Play Souvenir Booklet, The City Insight Magazine,Wilson Times, The Grey Area News, and posted on the following websites: wilsonidol.net,  www.summervilleproductions.com, gospelmusicfever.blogspot.com, and www.thecityinsight.com.

Lastly, the winner will be given an opportunity to record with Dr. James Robertson on his upcoming recording project.

The Wilson Idol goals are:

  • To encourage all Wilson County residents, especially students, to remain in school and to pursue their personal interests in the performing arts, which may lead to global exposure as well as self-gratification.
  • To showcase diversity through the performing arts, and to provide a public talent expedition for all interested persons, which allows them to reach their full potential in comprehensive learning.
  • To encourage religious organizations, private corporations, and other businesses to collaborate and partner with  Summerville  Promotion, Production Company in providing innovative activities than affect the performing arts for the city of Wilson, N.C. and the surrounding areas.

The goals and objectives of Summerville Promotion and Production Company are also to build a solid art foundation and to provide a public forum for all residents of Wilson. While focusing on the development of  ‘The Total Person,’ our company seeks to enhance the global aspect of performing arts and includes sharing the stage with renown gospel artists, such as  Pastor, Shirley Caesar,  Leanne Faine, Dr. Brooksie Harrington, and Shawn McLemore. Thus, it is through these new and innovative outlets that we seek to create educational, financial, and artistic performance opportunities for Wilson County youth.

This production is a community effort that strives to increase the overall potential of success in public schools. Empowering the youth will help to facilitate personal development while strengthening their home, school, and community relationships. Further, SPPC intends to inspire the community and encourages parents to partner with our company and assist with performing arts opportunities.

Correlated with the 2015 Wilson Idol Talent Show, last year launched the initiation of  The Tall One Champion’s  Awards.  Tall One’s Champion’s Award Program honors individuals for their hard work, perseverance, and meritorious contributions to their communities. The chosen honorees have impacted their communities through various educational initiatives such as the performing arts, community services, education and outreach ministries.

Last year’s Wilson Idol paid honorable tribute to the following three contestants. Bishop Eloise Sessoms, Ms. Sharetta Blackwell and Minister Michael Boone. These honorees were recognized as the first participants ever chosen for the category of ‘The Tall One Outreach Ministries’ Champion’s division.

Bishop Eloise Sessoms symbolizes the highest ideals of local ministry. Throughout the years she has demonstrated a legacy of faithfulness and charismatic leadership. Without question, she deserves this recognition for her excellence, enthusiasm, and humanitarianism. In addition, Bishop Sessoms has consistently demonstrated a strong spiritual conviction that has significantly influenced other ministers, as evidenced by her empowering leadership, evangelism, teaching, preaching, and community service.

Ms. Sharetta Blackwell represents ideals of “life-Long-Learning” as a mentor and a tutor.  Her moral qualities are above reproach. Ms. Blackwell’s philosophy and work ethic are demonstrated through patience, consideration, emotional stability, and good judgment which exemplifies the highest level of excellence. Ms. Blackwell is dedicated to her ministry, and the students are the recipients of her dedication and fortitude.

Minister Michael Boone embodies Spiritual Maturity. He is known for his steadfastness to the Christian faith, and he sustains a charismatic spiritual gift that continues to inspire young and old alike.  His love for Christ is personified through his singing ministry and his extensive community work. Most importantly, Minister Boone shares messages of love to everyone through his diligent church ministry.

This year Tall One Outreach Ministries pays honorable tribute to the following: Bishop Aaron Mc Nair, Dr. Brooksie Harrington, Prophet Calvin Suggs, Pastor Ricky Daughtridge, Evangelist Veronica Morgan, Educator and Counselor Marjie Slagle, and Roy Edmundson. These honorees will be recognized as the second participants ever chosen for the category of The Tall One Outreach Ministries’ Champion Division during the 4th Annual Wilson Idol Talent Show, on September 24, 2016 at 5pm at Fike High School in Wilson, NC.

Special guest and judge will be recording artist,  Shawn  McLemore,  globally recognized for his collaborative work with James Fortune and the musical rendition of  I BELIEVE. Shawn McLemore is an American gospel musician and leader of New Image. He started his music career, in 1997, with the release of Wait on Him by Verity Records, and this placed his talent on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart. His second album, Sunday Morning:  The Live Experience, came out in 2007 with Worldwide Music. The third album, Stand: The Shawn Mac Project, released in 2010 by Black Smoke Music alongside Worldwide Music continues his notoriety. His fourth album, One Percent Miracle: Any Minute Now, was released in 2011 with Black Smoke Music along with Worldwide Music.

Shawn McLemore
Shawn McLemore

Most importantly, Shawn  McLemore was a featured cast member in Dr. Summerville’s award winning production, Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child premiering the Queen of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar.

Former Wilson Idol Judge 2014 Shirley Caesar receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, June 28,2016. Source: Dr. Mildred Summerville.
Former Wilson Idol Judge 2014 Shirley Caesar receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, June 28,2016. Source: Dr. Mildred Summerville.

Additional judges this year are  James Smith, Rev. Thaddeus Washington, Bishop Gregory Curmon (Blow), Evangelist Veronica Morgan, Crystal Richardson, Marvin Jeffery, and Bishop Aaron McNair.  Inquiries and questions can be directed to Dr. Mildred Summerville at 252.230.2689 or email.

Bishop Blow
Bishop Blow


James Smith
James Smith


Crystal Richardson
Crystal Richardson


Veronica Morgan
Veronica Morgan


Bishop Aaron McNair
Bishop Aaron McNair


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