Suzanne Harper, KHTS-sponsored contestant for the Texaco Country Showdown will join four other finalists at the national final in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday evening. She is vying for the title of "Best New Act in Country Music."
The 2013 Texaco Country Showdown  National Final has finally arrived. KHTS-sponsored contestant, Suzanne Harper and four other finalists from around the nation will perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, competing for the title of “Best New Act in Country Music.”
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Harper, 31, won the local competition at Central Park during Santa Clarita’s 2013 Concerts in the Park summer series.
She then went on to win the state competition at Knotts Berry Farm in August and the Western Regional Final in Florence, Ore. in November.
Harper follows in the footsteps of KHTS-sponsored band Poor Man’s Poison , which went on to win “Best New Act in Country Music” and the $100,000 grand prize at the 2012 Texaco Country Showdown.
In a previous interview with Kyle Jellings and Jesse McClure on KHTS’ own “Jesse and the Jellyman Morning Show ,” Harper reflected the experiences that brought her to this point.
She said that her family often sang together and that she grew up listening to the music of Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire.
“As I got older, I broadened out, and I like pretty much any kind of music,” Harper said. “Country music fits my voice the best and it’s really fun to write.”
Harper said that she will be performing two original songs at the showdown, but didn’t reveal which ones.
She said that she appreciated the lessons that the competition has taught her and the support of people back home.
“It’s been so much fun, and I’m just so grateful,” she said. “And the support that you have shown me, too, has just been awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better sponsoring station.”
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Harper will be joined by contestants Crystal Yates from the southwest, Zac Matthews from the midwest, Casey Sutton from the northeast and band Southern Halo from the southeast.
If Harper wins this year’s competition, she would be the second consecutive Texaco Country Showdown winner to come out of Santa Clarita’s local country music showdown.
In the Texaco Country Showdown’s 32-year history, it’s helped develop the careers of country music stars, such as Garth Brooks, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and countless others.
Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood are three famous country music stars who competed but did not win in the Texaco Country Showdown.
The competition will be syndicated on television nationally in the coming months. Check back with KHTS for specific dates when it will be airing in Southern California.
Results from Thursday evening’s competition will be available on Friday.
Mindy Lam  contributed to this report.
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