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2017 NLBHA STAR VOCALIST COMPETITION

Deadline to submit has been extended to Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm MST. As an added bonus for the winner of this contest, he/she will receive two (2) airline tickets to Las Vegas Nevada.

NLBHA is soliciting entries for our 2017 NLBHA STAR VOCALIST COMPETITION which will be held on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at the Skylight, 139 West San Francisco Street in Santa Fe, NM from 5pm to 8pm. The winner of this vocalist competition will be invited to sing live on stage with Jerry Lopez and Friends at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 15th, 2017.

NLBHA’s 2017 NLBHA STAR VOCALIST COMPETITION is an opportunity for New Mexico adult vocalists to showcase their talent and perform at one of New Mexico’s premier events.

The event is open to the public. There is a $10 General Admission at the Skylight for guests and any individual wishing to attend the 2017 NLBHA STAR VOCALIST COMPETITION.

The Rules

  • Vocalist Competition is open to adult amateur and professional vocalists (age 18 and over).
  • Vocalists will be judged on the one song selected by the contestant and performed before a panel of judges.
  • The winning vocalist will be announced by NLBHA at the event and receive four (4) free VIP complimentary tickets for the Jerry Lopez and Friends show on September 15, 2017. Additional media exposure of the winning vocalist will be done leading up the Fall show at the Lensic.
  • NLBHA will also select a First and Second Runner-Up and each of these Contestants and will be announced by NLBHA at the event; and receive two (2) free VIP complimentary tickets for the Jerry Lopez show on September 15, 2017 where they will also be announced to the live concert audience.
  • Audience photographs and recording will be permitted in designated areas so as not to interfere with the judges, event staff, video crew, performing artists or stage.
  • The vocalist agrees to the terms, conditions, and consents in the application established by NLBHA including but not limited to tie-breaking, application requirements, attendance, and final selection of the winner.
  • Contestants will be scored by a panel of independent judges using a formal scoring instrument authorized by NLBHA.
  • Contestants must be a New Mexico resident.
  • Contestants may be an amateur or professional artist.

Entry Applications

Each Vocalist must submit a short application to include the following:

  • Complete the application on the right sidebar and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
  • Submit a headshot photograph in electronic format;
  • Agree to have photo published in social media, all marketing and promotional material;
  • Submit the recorded song track you will be singing to as an attachment along with your application;
  • Submit a $35 entry fee via Pay Pal (Go to www.nlbha.org under Donate);
  • Agree to promote the Jerry Lopez & Friends show on your Facebook page or Website;

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT entry material to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm MST. Late submissions or incomplete packets will not be honored or accepted.

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Though this challenge is daunting, there is much reason to be hopeful. That’s because we know how to solve the problem. We know that prevention works, treatment is effective, and recovery is possible for everyone. We know that we cannot incarcerate our way out of this situation; instead, we need to apply an evidence-based public health approach that brings together all sectors of our society to end this crisis. And we know that addiction is not a moral failing. It is a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency, and compassion.

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