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Detroit country singer in national contest finals

of the Oakland Press

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Detroit country singer Justine Blazer will go head-to-head with New Hampshire’s Natalie Turgeon Band as the two finalists in the Dodge Ram Battle of the Bands Contest, competing for a $5,000 first-place prize at Rodeo Austin on March 20.

The runner-up receives $2,500, and both acts may appear in Ram Trucks advertising and promotions.

Blazer was chosen for the Top 10 of the contest by general public votes and as a finalist by a Ram Truck panel. Another panel of judges will pick the winner at the rodeo performance.

“We’re gonna bring it Detroit style,” Blazer says. “I’ve calmed down a little bit, but when they called me, oh my gosh, I didn’t now what to say. I was screaming, jumping up and down. It’s amazing. I feel so fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity.”

Blazer, who was raised mostly in Canton and also spent time in Nashville with her family, started writing songs when she was 8 years old and spent time working in New York and at Cedar Point before returning to the Detroit area to concentrate on her music. She’s released four albums, including the 2004 holiday set “Just a Justine Christmas” as well as forays into pop (“Passion in Me”) and country (“Red White and Blue,” “Welcome to My World”). She’s also been nominated for 15 Detroit Music Awards and even won the 2007 Detroit Blues Challenge.

Blazer and her band will warm up for the Rodeo Austin appearance with local shows, including a pair this weekend: today, March 4, at B Boomers, 16006 Southfield Road in Allen Park; and a solo performance Saturday, March 5, at Buck Shots Bar and Grill, 7048 Gateway Park Drive, Clarkston. More details are available at Blazer’s website, www.justineblazer.com.

Web Site: www.justineblazer.com

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