Idol star vis­its Span­ish Fork

Serve Daily - - INSIDE - By Megan Wall­gren for Serve Daily

Na­tional record­ing artist and Amer­i­can Idol 2nd run­ner-up Jax brought smiles and laugh­ter to the au­di­ence at Span­ish Fork High School Thurs­day, Jan­uary 11, at the Cel­e­brate the Arts concert. The concert, pre­sented by Prime Mort­gage Lend­ing, also fea­tured lo­cal Amer­i­can Idol alum Katie Higley and the Span­ish Fork Ju­nior High School ad­vanced orches­tra. Jax con­nected with the au­di­ence made up mostly of fam­i­lies by start­ing off her set by sing­ing Twin­kle Twin­kle Lit­tle Star with Higley’s pre-school son. She had an easy rap­port with the au­di­ence through­out her set, sing­ing a va­ri­ety of clas­sic hits from the Bea­tles, Janis Jo­plin and other artists as well as some songs she’d writ­ten her­self. When the concert was over, young fans ea­gerly lined up to talk with her and get her au­to­graph. Jax first rose to fame in 2015 when she com­peted on Amer­i­can Idol. In Jan­uary 2017 she re­leased a new EP ti­tled Funny.

Span­ish Fork mu­si­cian Katie Higley com­peted on Amer­i­can Idol Sea­son 6 and is ru­mored to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Amer­i­can Idol Re­Boot start­ing on ABC in March.

Higley de­lighted au­di­ences with ren­di­tions of Soul Sis­ter and Some­where Over the Rain­bow, but re­ally shone when sing­ing the jazz piece Or­ange Col­ored Sky.

Higley de­but a song she co-wrote, Tested and Tried. “There’s at least one per­son in every­one’s life that you can turn to for any­thing . . . just be­ing with them makes your re­la­tion­ship that much more spe­cial,” she said of the lyrics.

The song was a fa­vorite with the au­di­ence and showed off her tal­ents.

The Span­ish Fork Ju­nior High orches­tra gave an im­pres­sive per­for­mance of three num­bers on their own, and one fi­nale num­ber with Higley and a young soloist, Si­b­ley Snow­den.

Both Higley and Jax said they were im­pressed by the cal­iber of per­for­mance of the young orches­tra.

The orches­tra is made up of 9th grade stu­dents.

Con­duc­tor, An­gela Har­man said her stu­dents in­spired her to be bet­ter. She was grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity the concert, put to­gether by Prime Mort­gage Lend­ing Area Man­ager and orches­tra par­ent Gregg Driggs.

At the end of the show, Prime Mort­gage Lend­ing founder John Rodgers pre­sented a check for $2,500 to a sur­prised Har­man.

“Thank-you so much!” she said. She joked about it be­ing the big­gest check she’s ever got­ten. “I love what I do and I love serv­ing your chil­dren,” she said.

The sound and tech­ni­cal crew were pro­fes­sion­als from West Coast Show Sup­port. The set and light­ing re­flected the con­certs rock theme.

“It was so fun to see the stage trans­form,” Har­man said.

Photo: Megan Wall­gren

Amer­i­can Idol star Jax.

Photo: Megan Wall­gren

The Span­ish Fork Jr. High Ad­vanced Orches­tra.

Katie Higley

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