ELIDA — Amy Smith Vasquez won the T-102 Country Star Playoffs at the Auglaize County Fair this year. This was actually her second time winning the radio station’s singing competition, as she won in 2011 too.
Vasquez has been singing for most of her life.
“I’ve been singing all my life, since I was three,” said Vasquez. “Like at church I can remember them standing me up on the front altar and handing me a microphone and letting me have at it.”
For the T-102 Country Star Playoffs, the contestants had to sing country songs.
“I sung a couple of songs that were close to my heart and those were Martina McBride’s ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Broken Wing,’ because I can relate to those. They were really close to the heart,” said Vasquez.
She enjoys singing and performs with the worship team at her church, Victory Worship Center, in Wapakoneta.
While she enjoys singing and performing, she chooses not to join a band, as the timing is not right.
“I’ve got a couple of opportunities right now, but not good timing for it. I did sing in a contemporary Christian group for a few years, but everybody had their own families, so we don’t do that anymore,” said Vasquez.
Vasquez won Wish Upon a Song in 2011 in addition to the T-102 Country Star playoffs that same year.
“I haven’t done any contests in the last few years, but just decided to try it again,” said Vasquez.
Vasquez is hoping to audition for “The Voice.” She tried to audition two years ago, but a car malfunction prohibited her from auditioning.
“I went to audition for ‘The Voice’ about two years ago in Chicago. My car broke down on the way there and we never made it. My goal is this winter, when auditions open again, is to do it. Just try it. You only live once, so just do it, you’ll regret it if you don’t. That is my goal,” said Vasquez.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511