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Garner's next big star

June 26, 2013

YellowBrix

June 26--In recent years Garner has become a mecca of talented youngsters. The question on everybody's mind is "Who's Garner's next star?" The question was answered at a small concert at Aversboro Coffee on June 21.

Savannah Richmond is Garner's next star.

Richmond, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Garner Magnet High School already is pursuing her music career. She performed a variety of music from 6:30 to 8 p.m., singing classic popular tunes, like "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac and "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles, and mixing in popular country songs, including a crowd favorite, "Gravedigger" by The Band Perry.

She even took requests from the crowd, which resulted in her belting Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."

"The best part about performing for me is seeing someone in the audience that is enjoying themselves. I love to look out and see a smile on a person's face after I've just sang a Patsy Cline classic. It makes me feel like I've accomplished the 'entertaining' part of performing for people," Richmond said.

She is part of a very musically inclined family. Her father, Kevin Richmond, performed with her on June 21, playing the guitar, bass and backup vocals. Her father, along with her uncle, Gary Epperson, provide her with vocal and guitar coaching.

"After many years of watching over countless family members write and enjoy music, I realized I wanted to do something with my music when I grew up," Richmond said.

She is a member of the Garner Magnet High School chorus and she sings with the Celebration Contemporary Worship Band at First United Methodist Church in Cary.

While it is not confirmed, it's been mentioned that auditioning for one of the vocal shows on television is on Richmond's radar. "American Idol" or "The Voice" may be seeing another Garner musician in the future.

"I found the love of singing and performing when I was about 8 years old. I've been in church and school choir ever since I can remember, but I really took an interest in learning music theory around the fifth and sixth grade," Richmond said.

Richmond plays the guitar and piano, but hopes one day to add the mandolin to her skill set.

Richmond is very involved in school activities, church and the Garner community. She mentioned at the concert how proud she is of Garner winning the All-America City Award and how happy she is to call Garner her home.

In recent years, Richmond has taken an interest in tennis and as a freshman at GMHS she was on the Girls' Varsity Tennis team, a team she hopes to continue being a part of throughout her high school career.

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