Murphy Maize Days… A Success!

September 28th, 2014
Just want to say thanks for all the support at Murphy Maize days competition; it was a success! Special thanks to the parents of Ballard School vocal students who took 7 out of the 12 spots for awards!

A great big thank you to all of the participants that came out to sing! I hope you had a great time!

Thanks to Ballard Schools new acting/musical theater coach Greg Holt accompanied by Dianne Horsley Piano instructor at Ballard School, for the musical theater vocal workshop.

Thanks to Lisa Sanborn and Olivia, Searching for a Star Parent and performer for your participation. Look forward to seeing you at 2015 SFAS Competition!

Participants DJ Randy, Dzidzor Amorin, (Ballard School of Music piano student) for his piano arrangements and David Brayly my number one stage hand!

Our judges, Jeremy Parker percussion instructor at Ballad School and Jeff Mobley, SFAS Parent. and our registrar for the competition, Korrin Welch!

Lastly, I would like thank the Murphy Recreation Department Staff who put on this great event! We had a great time seeing and hearing all of the future stars…

Next Stop… Searching for a Star , Spring 2015!

Rob Hunter…


September 21st, 2014



Calling all adults especially those20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years old and above.  When’s the last time that you challenged yourself to do something completely off the cuff and out of the ordinary? When is the last time that you allowed yourself to do something that for sure would create memories that would last a lifetime, and in fact, may start you on a path that could be very positive?

That’s who I’m looking for, an out of the box thinker! Someone who is not afraid to add something new to you bucket list!  I am challenging all singers to come out and sing on my stage at Murphy Maize Days this coming this Saturday September 27th.  Just for you we have added a new age category for the adults! There used to be 3 categories: 9 and under, 10 – 13, 14 – 18, and now just because we feel that the adults need to be recognized too we have created a 4th.  Come out and show the kids you can sing too!

How great would it be for your sons, daughters and even your grandchildren to see you on stage competing for cash prizes and trophies? How proud would they be of you if you sang on stage?  I tell you without a doubt, you would create a lifelong memory for them to cherish!

You can’t tell me that there aren’t some seniors out there that can lay down some county, some gospel or some rock classics. I’ll bet there are some old rockers and Motown R&B lovers out there that can croon!  I WANT YOU to come out and do what you know you can do!

Sign up to be a part of the community stage – DJ Randy yours truly, Rob Hunter will be there to help you rock your fans world!

Sign up online!!

For more information: 972-429-0047

Ballard Street Music Company and Searching for a star Hosts Maize Days Karaoke Corn Idol…

September 19th, 2014

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The 6th annual Murphy Maize Days Karaoke Competition is this Saturday September 27, 2014.  Ballard School of Performing Arts and Searching for a Star is excited to host and emcee the community stage during Murphy’s Maize Days Corn Idol Competition.  Come out and support the performers as they compete for cash and awards!

Singers across North Texas are invited to participate! Singers should come prepared to sing at least two (2) songs in this year’s Karaoke Corn Idol competition.  Singers may choose to sing a’ Capella or accompany yourself with an instrument.  An electric piano will be provided for musicians that want to accompany themselves.  If you bring a music track it must not contain lead vocals! (Note 🙂 Please ensure that music is appropriate and must not contain explicit themes or language.

Age Categories: 9 and under 10 – 13, 14 – 18 and 19 and older!  (Note): We have added an adult category, seniors please feel welcome to come out for the fun!  Musical accompaniment should be on iPod, iPhone or CD, (No iPad please). NOTE: if iPhone is used the incoming calls must be disabled and no YouTube internet connections allowed.

Here is the info that you need to take part *ONLINE REGISTRATION IS PREFFERD for the Karaoke competition; for those that do not register online you may do  at the event on Saturday September 27, 2014.  The contest will be held on the Murphy Community Stage. We recommend you arrive between 10am-10:45am to register that morning. Karaoke Finals and Awards presentation is scheduled to begin at 3:45pm.

Prizes and Awards…This year Ballard School of Performing Arts is donating cash awards to the top 4 vote getters!  A $250.00 award will be given to the over-all winner in the contest. Trophies and medals and ribbons will be awarded to the top 4 places in each of the 4 age categories

Local Talent & Open Mic!  We are looking for local talent to perform on the stage between rounds of the karaoke competition. If you play an instrument, dance, have a comedy act or other talent pleases email: Rob Hunter with your contact information.  You will be contacted to let you know whether or not your act is approved.

Karaoke Corn Idol Contest
10:00-11:00 am:  Karaoke Signup
11:00-1:15 pm: Karaoke Contest 1st Round
:15 pm: Local Talent performances
2:15- 3:45 pm: Karaoke Finals & Awards
For information about parking and other activities visit:

Ballard Street Music: 972-429-0047


Ballard Street Music is Moving!

August 19th, 2013


New and Used Instruments for Sale!!
We will be changing locations on September 1, 2013   We have many items in the store for sale.  Read the rest of this entry »

Ballard School of Performing Arts & Searching for a Star bids farewell to one of its brightest!

May 21st, 2013
Mom and Daughter

Mom and Daughter

In 2009 the Searching for a Star competition experienced one of its greatest years. It was the year that some of our greatest performers came along. Performers like Clay Mobley, Brittany Thomas, Olivia Sanborn, Sarah Olson, John Michael Garcia, Mandolin Weisner, Yaminah Lewis, and Ashley Lee along with other great singers became a part of the talented 2009 group.  It is with saddness that I report one of our talents, Yaminah Lewis is moving to North Carolina… Read the rest of this entry »


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