Celebrate Youth in Old City Park

May 19th, 2013

Ballard School of Music and Searching for a Star presents…
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The rounds are over for Taylor but… she is still our star!

April 30th, 2013

IMG_5941-1-233x300The rounds are over for Taylor but I couldn’t be more proud… she is still our star!

Never have I been so involved and intrigued with a reality vocal talent competition as I am this year with NBC’s The Voice. I believe that THE VOICE it is one of the best and well thought out TV competitions airing today. The talent this year is amazing and among that talent,  our very own Taylor Beckham! Read the rest of this entry »

Update…NBC’s The Voice Kids!

April 3rd, 2013


Rob Hunter - Founder Ballard School of Performing Arts

We just got word today that The Voice Kids has unfortunately been postponed.  The main reason was network conflicts with the timing of the shooting schedule.  The plan is to move forward with The Voice Kids at a later date.
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Taylor….Taylor….Taylor!!! She Turned Those Chairs!

April 1st, 2013

IMG_5941-1-233x300Searching for a Star and Ballard School are so proud of Taylor Beckham; she turned the chairs and chose Usher as her coach!  Too excited to write much more at this time….

Good luck Taylor!


Don’t Miss NBC’s “THE VOICE” Tonight May be Taylor’s Night!

March 3rd, 2013

I recently got some great news about our 2008 searching for a star winner-Taylor Beckham, she has been selected to  compete in the blind auditions of NBC’s The Voice. There is a chance that Taylor could air tonight, April 1 or tomorrow April 2nd.

The final blind auditions are next week so if Taylor does not perform this week it will be for certain that she will next week.  All Searching for a Star fans are invited to tune in on those dates to see Taylor perform!  We are very excited for her and know that her family is very proud of her! 

Braxton Beckham, Taylor’s brother has also been busy; he  appeared last week on NCIS! I hope you caught the show!  It was cool to see Braxton’s acting skills; I was so proud to see him.   I know for sure one day we will see him on the big screen! During the 2007 and 2008 SFAS competition Taylor became a favorite of many Wylie and Sachse fans.   In 2008 11 year old Taylor became the pride of Sachse and her Mayor, Mike Felix when she was crowned over-all winner of the competition! 

I am proud to say that Taylor and Braxton both attended Ballard School of Performing Arts!  If you would like to see clips of Taylor singing her winning song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” go to the searching for a star website click on galleries and go to 2008 videos.  You can Like and follow Taylor and Braxton on Face book!

I have been awaiting this moment from Taylor; even as a little one, she had such a big voice!

 I’m looking for big things out of other searching for a star performers. Our first winner Jonathan Pilgrim is now teaching at Baylor University,  Ashley Lee-runner-up to Taylor in the 2008  competition has recorded her first CD and is currently working on other songs. Ashley can be seen on many YouTube videos and has recorded in Nashville and is performing all all over Texas!  D’Moreya Woods our 2009 winner is living in Atlanta and working with Usher’s camp. I look for big things out of our newest winners also: Brittany Thomas, Clay Mobley,Yaminah Lewis, Olivia Sanborn, Kendall Shaw and our 2012 winner Mara Dondyano.  They all have very great potential,  I look forward to them making their mark on society too!

The message is clear to all of our stars; Taylor’s appearance on THE VOICE proves that if you stay busy and keep singing good things will happen!

Good Luck Taylor…. Turn those chairs!

Rob Hunter


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