March 21, 2012 Edition

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Gray to perform in WR

Lauren Gray and her father, Mike Gray, a Walnut Ridge native, perform during a recent concert at Highland School. The Downtown Walnut Ridge organization will present Lauren Gray in concert on April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Walnut Ridge Community Center.
Photo courtesy of Lauren Gray

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

Downtown Walnut Ridge has announced that Lauren Gray has been scheduled to perform at the Walnut Ridge Community Center on May 11. Admission is $10 and tickets will go on sale in April. Tickets will be available at Special Things & The Flower Basket, First National Bank, The Times Dispatch, Goin' Postal, Regions Bank, imagine and Cavenaugh GM on Highway 67 B North.

Downtown Walnut Ridge will also hold a special event prior to the concert during which 22 names will be drawn for front row seats and backstage passes. Those who participate in the drawing must have already bought tickets and be present for the drawing.

Gray, who was a contestant on this season's American Idol, has been performing locally with her father, Mike Gray, and the Mike Gray Band for several years. Her father is a Walnut Ridge native and graduated from Walnut Ridge High School.

Lauren grew up in Pocahontas and later moved with her family to Hardy and helps run the family business, Petals and Lace. They also operate CreekSide Loft, which provides a performance venue for Lauren and the Mike Gray Band. Lauren is often referred to as, "The Voice of Spring River."

She gained national notoriety with her performances on American Idol, wowing the Idol judges in St. Louis and Hollywood. She was eliminated during the semifinals in Las Vegas with entreaties from the judges to continue her music and come back on the show again.

Ellen Degeneres, who has also served as an American Idol judge invited Lauren to appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show immediately following her last appearance on Idol. The show aired March 1 with Lauren performing "Stand By Me."

For more information about Lauren Gray visit For more information about the Walnut Ridge concert, call Lorra Whitmire at 886-5959 or cell 809-0860.

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