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Rising Star: Perkins takes turn as mentor

Kat Perkins has a lot to share with aspiring musicians.

Kat Perkins, left, shares a moment backstage with Tel Lardy, right, of Bowman after his first live performance with the Rising Star Camp June 25. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)
Kat Perkins, left, shares a moment backstage with Tel Lardy, right, of Bowman after his first live performance with the Rising Star Camp June 25. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

MEDORA — Kat Perkins has a lot to share with aspiring musicians. She’s not short on experience, having developed her vocal talent since an early age, first appearing on the free stages of the Bowman County Fair decades ago.

Since then she’s demonstrated her talent on local, state, national and even international stages, most notably on NBC’s “The Voice.” She’s gone from small-town girl, to nanny to international star in what seemed like the blink of an eye.

Behind the scene she’s worked hard and emblazoned a fearless persona.

So it was only fitting that she took on the role of mentor, which she said was always her dream.

“It was a total success,” the songstress told The Pioneer just before stepping on stage for her June 25 concert in Medora. “I want to do this for the rest of my life.”

When Perkins was 17 years old she attended a camp that “forever changed” her life. It led her to consider music as a career and inspired her to audition for the Medora Musical.

“And the rest is history,” she noted.

The aspiring musicians get a last minute cue from the stage director. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)
The aspiring musicians get a last minute cue from the stage director. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

During her performance, Perkins shared her usual foot-tapping melodies with the crowd, debuted some new singles and had some emotional moments before she performed her latest song, “Angels,” dedicated to the victims of Orlando and to her roommate and friend Christina Grimmie, who was fatally shot earlier this month. Her father, Mark Perkins, played trumpet in the song, a touching yet simplistic collection of four notes.

But it wasn’t just a moment for Perkins to shine as she proudly lent the stage to the first graduating class of the Kat Perkins Badlands Rising Star Camp.

Twenty-seven youths ages 12 to 18 from around the nation, including Baylee Peterson, Tel Lardy, Ebony Musonda and Kaylee Septon of Bowman County, took the stage to show what they had learned during the camp. They sang in groups and had some standout performances of their own, bringing the audience to its feet.

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