Lo­cal singer wins Ge­or­gia Lot­tery mu­sic search

Will per­form at Smith’s Olde Bar in Fe­bru­ary

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The Ge­or­gia Lot­tery has paid off in an un­usual way for one Cov­ing­ton-area mu­si­cian.

Han­nah Thomas has earned a chance to record at the Capi­tol Records Tower in Hollywood af­ter she was named the best coun­try act in the Ge­or­gia Lot­tery’s All Ac­cess Mu­sic Search.

“ It means the world to me,” Thomas wrote in an e-mail. “ Mu­sic is the cen­ter of my uni­verse and to ac­tu­ally be rec­og­nized for some­thing I love do­ing and put so much time into is an awe­some feel­ing.”

She bested two other fi­nal­ists in the cat­e­gory, Julie Grib­ble of At­lanta and Jessi Scott of LaGrange, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the lot­tery.

The Top 12 acts were fea­tured in a TV spe­cial that aired on Jan. 14 and per­formed at an At­lanta Fal­cons half­time show on Nov. 28. The win­ners were se­lected through on­line vot­ing and by celebrity judges, in­clud­ing Dal­las Austin, Mon­ica, Shawn Mullins and Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band.

A date has not been de­ter­mined for her trip to Hollywood.

Thomas in the fall re­leased a CD, “Acous­tic Ses­sions,” which fea­tured her vo­cals and gui­tar play­ing. Her orig­i­nal tunes in­clude a sing-along of “ Watch out for the Deer” and “ Back­yard of Ge­or­gia”; a bal­lad, “ Tues­day Tears”; and “ so­phis­ti­cated coun­try” on “ Love” and “ Henry.”

She per­forms Feb. 3 at Smith’s Olde Bar in At­lanta, a 21st Birth- day Bash. Life and Limb opens at 9 p. m., ac­cord­ing to Thomas.

Thomas also said she will tour in Fe­bru­ary with Con­nor Chris­tian and South­ern Gothic, with per­for­mances slated for New York, Bos- ton and Philadel­phia.

She’s also work­ing on new ma­te­rial and a new al­bum, set for re­lease later in the year.

Learn more at her Face­book page, http:// www.face­book.com/han­nahthomas­band

File photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

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