The Voice of Grove City 2021

Inspired by other well-known singing competitions, The Voice of Grove City gives Ohio musicians the opportunity to display their vocal talents to the community. To enter the competition, contestants must fill out an online form via The Voice of Grove City website online form.

All contestants must be at least 13 years of age. Contestants must submit their audition video upon registration. A panel of professional judges will review the submitted videos and select 20 contestants to advance to the first of three live rounds. All rounds are open to the public and free to attend during the annual Arts in the Alley, one of Central Ohio's longest running arts and music festivals held every September in Grove City, Ohio.

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About The Voice of Grove City - 2021

The Voice of Grove City Vocal Competition is held at the The Arts in the Alley annual outdoor festival and is brought to you by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of this event is to foster and promote the art of music through a vocal competition that provides musical performance opportunities for people from ages 13+ to educate, recognize and encourage them to continue to use their gifts and talents.

1st Prize $2,500, trophy and awards

2nd Prize $500 and a trophy

3rd Prize $150 and a trophy

People's Choice Award $500 (bring your family and friends)

$25 Entry Fee

Live Rounds September 17, 18, 19th, 2021 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Submit your entry

The Judges

  • Cierra Lee - Voice Coach

    Cierra Lee is a young artist and teacher who delights in changing lives through music. While in high school and college, she was actively involved, not only musically but also socially with various activities including show choir, opera productions, campus recreation team, peer leading, percussion ensemble, urban dance club, musical theatre productions, and marching band. She was fortunate to attend fun master classes with NYC singers (like Natalie Weiss), and to travel the East Coast performing in prisons.
  • Blake Soles - MC

    Blake Soles is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, Ohio who has been performing for 17 years. After a top 3 finish in Ohio Idol, Winner of the Voice of Ohio, and a brief appearance on American Idol, his career took a turn for the better. He has a new single and music video release on the horizon, and loves to collaborate with other artists to assist them in using their talent to share with the world.
  • Hawc Griffin MC

    With 30+ yrs of experience in the music & entertainment industry, some have jokingly described him as the artistic interpretation of the well known comic book Kryptonian. Hawc Griffin has contributed his artistic expression over the last couple decades as a music director, song writer, producer, worship leader that has opened several opportunities to share his talents internationally. While occasionally performing with a few well known music industry award winners and managing his own solo efforts, he led his own band “HAWC & the FEW” that later became "FEWXION" to win a couple talents contests building regional exposure. That exposure led him to a 5yr run as co-frontman with LDNL (Lt. Dan's New Legs). Now he's returned his focus & energy back to being solo or with FEWXION under VIBE PILOTS ENTERTAINMENT (VPE).
  • Rhonda Shappert

    Rhonda Shappert started a lifetime of performing at age 5. She graduated Cum Laude with a Musical Theater degree from The Ohio State University. As a singer/dancer, she has performed in 15 countries on the Asian, European and North American continents. Rhonda has recorded two music CDs as a contemporary Christian recording artist; is a published author; a certified life coach, speaker and trainer. After her reign as Mrs. Ohio America, she created and is the owner of Winning Through Pageantry, which focuses on developing women’s interview, leadership, and communication skills through pageantry.
  • Joshua Lee Powell Jr

    Lee is an American gospel music writer , choir director, vocal instructor, professional background vocalist, and recording artist. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, he grew up under the choir direction of his mother and father. After studying music in New Orleans, LA., he moved to Columbus, Ohio where he would serve as minister of music for churches such as Bible Community Fellowship, and now Union Baptist Church of Urbancrest, OH. Joshua has arranged, conducted, and sang background for artists such as Josh Groban, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Earnest Pugh, Beverly Crawford, Dr. Ron Kenoly, national recording choir Keith Dobbins and Resurrection Mass, citywide Simultaneous Revival Mass Choir of The Baptist Pastors Conference of Columbus and Vicinity, and has two recording projects with former group Anointed Harmony titled Just To know and New Day.
  • Kelly Letner

    Kelly Letner has been singing her entire life. Born into a musical family, they traveled and sang in many churches, festivals and community events. Her and her sister competed in and won several singing competitions and eventually produce their first album before high school. As her career unfolded, Kelly become one of the first Columbus “City Centertainers“ in the early 90’s working with Disney productions. Later on she worked as a local voice and piano teacher which eventually grew into director of a performing arts team, Judah Live. Currently she serves as musical director at her church
  • Dylan Daniels

    No stranger to the stage, Dylan has been featured on various stages as both a soloist and ensemble. Dylan was featured on Country Music Television's, "CMT Insider" and was offered to perform with the Grammy Awards Foundation at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. He performs regularly with the vocal ensemble "PureHeart," where he shares the stage with his best friends on various stages throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Dylan graduated from Central Ohio Technical College after studying music and business, serves as the stage show producer of the Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen program, and is employed with Reynoldsburg City Schools where he leads the theater department. He resides in Zanesville with his wife, Erin.
  • Jeremy Johnson

    Jeremy is a Nashville recording artist who spent years in the music industry. He is a singer songwriter who continues to write music for production in Nashville. He is also a local business owner in the great city of Grove City and is proud to be involved in this production as he loves to see the continuing growth of the arts in Grove City
  • Ari Gallaway-Hicks

    A Grove City local and Sophomore at Grove City High School, Ari Gallaway-Hicks won the Voice of Grove City competition last year at only 14 years old. She has been taking voice lessons since age 12, and loves the stage! Ari has participated in showchoir both at Jackson Middle School as well as GCHS, and is proud to be chosen for the Touch of Class show choir this year. She has also been an active member in the high school choral program’s concert choirs, currently as part of Harmonia. Ari has loved taking on the role of The Voice of Grove City by singing at various community events this year, and can’t wait to join the judges’ panel
  • Vicki King-Maple

    Dr. Vicki King-Maple is a Telly Award winning director, producer, and scriptwriter. She has produced hundreds of musical variety shows and talent competitions, including Voice of Ohio, Zanesville Has Talent, and the NBC-affiliate televised Y-City Star and Home for the Holidays productions. She has also been involved in the world’s largest scholarship provider to women – the Miss America Organization – for over 30 years; first as an entertainer and contestant at the local and state level in Ohio; then as a local Director and Producer of 3 programs. She is also a vocalist with and manager of two vocal ensembles, PureHeart and Soul Legacy, and she starred in the musical theater production of Marvelous Wonderettes as Cindy Lou. Vicki was a television news anchor and reporter in Ashland, OH, as well as a morning radio personality in Mansfield, OH, and a writer for a series of talent magazines. She travels as a motivational speaker and entertainer and serves as a consultant, trainer, presenter and professional business coach through the firm she founded, Revive with Vicki. Last spring, she published a book dedicated to pursuing your personal and professional purpose
  • Trent Soles Exec. Producer

    As a board member of the Grove City Chamber of Commerce, Owner and Director of Belocal Grove City, and an artist and musician himself, Trent created the Voice of Grove City event, with the help of the amazing Chamber staff and many great local sponsors and volunteers, with the purpose of providing singers, throughout Ohio, the opportunity to share their talent and creativity with the world around them during the Arts in the Alley weekend event that has been attended by over 40k each year for over 40 years in the Heart of Grove City.


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Rhyan Stoneking

Submitted by: Rhyan Stoneking

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" By Elton John

Submitted by: Matthew Cross

Andrea Gilbert: Virtual Audition

Submitted by: Andrea Gilbert

Kayla Dittemer

Submitted by: Kayla Dittemer

Ilora Skye performing Bobby McGee

Submitted by: Ilora MacLean

Allison Remick singing Bad Habit by Ben Platt

Submitted by: Allison Remick


  • Heartland Bank

    Thank you to Heartland Bank for 41 years of dedicated support of Arts in the Alley.
  • The MacIntosh Company/West Park/ Monterey

    We would like to thank The MacIntosh Company for being this year’s Fine Arts Show Sponsor.