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Mia Rose takes top Idol title
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Mia Rose Hanberry won the Bee ‘N Idol contest Saturday.
Mia Rose Hanberry won the Bee ‘N Idol contest Saturday.
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Mia Rose Hanberry not only plays guitar but also piano and saxophone. She was named the Bee ‘N Idol winner during Saturday’s contest.
Mia Rose Hanberry not only plays guitar but also piano and saxophone. She was named the Bee ‘N Idol winner during Saturday’s contest.
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The judges for this year’s Bee ‘N Idol contest Saturday were Abel Salinas, radio personality from Majic 104.9; Theresa Bender, manager of Clear Channel Communications; and Daniel Flores, local solo singer.
The judges for this year’s Bee ‘N Idol contest Saturday were Abel Salinas, radio personality from Majic 104.9; Theresa Bender, manager of Clear Channel Communications; and Daniel Flores, local solo singer.
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For Mia Rose Hanberry, music is a way to open up and express emotions that otherwise would remain hidden behind a veil of shyness.

On Saturday, her talent sparkled through when she was named winner of the Bee ’N Idol competition at the Expo Center.

Mia has been singing now for eight years — and that’s a lot when you’re only 13.

So how did she get started?

“I honestly don’t remember,” she said. She knows that music has always been a part of life though.

Her father plays guitar, and she remembers there is often a radio playing somewhere.

Music, well, is that important element that just allows her to open up.

“When I talk to people, I am really shy,” the Orange Grove Junior High student said. “Music helps me express how I really feel without being shy.”

Even at this young age, she is already writing her own scores and lyrics.

“I have written a bunch but I can only say about three of them have turned out very well,” she said.

Her favorite is about a boy, a jerk she described, who ultimately gets what he deserves.

“He is going to not be very happy in the future when nobody wants to be with him,” she said recalling the words of her song.

Along with writing, Mia has also entered a variety of contests including the Corpus Christi version of this musical challenge.

She also recently competed in the Jim Wells County Fair and won that competition.

This was her first year in the Beeville competition though.

“This was the first year I heard of it,” she confessed.

Though she is becoming use to competitions, it doesn’t make standing in front of an audience any easier.

“It makes my knees buckle,” she said.

So what does the future hold in store for this singer — Broadway?

Maybe.

Possibly.

Hopefully.

“I want to get Broadway because I love musicals,” she said. “If that doesn’t work out, I want to be a band director.”

When she speaks of Broadway her voice changes a bit.

It climbs an octave or two as the excitement builds.

“My favorite musical is Phantom of the Opera,” she said.

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you

Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you

Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind — Music of the Night.

“I saw it in Austin, and I also have seen the movie,” she said.

“I like the movie a lot more than the live performance. It just looks better,” she admits.

This isn’t the only Andrew Lloyd Webber production on her list. There is also “Cats” — a comedy for sure. But even still a young teen, she has a deeper side with an appreciation for “Les Misérables” and “Sweeney Todd”.

Until she is ready for Broadway, she will keep competing.

“I am looking into trying out for ‘America’s Got Talent,’” she said. “I think they have auditions in Austin.”

She won’t be able to audition until next season, but she still has the trophy from this year’s Bee ’N Idol contest until that competition rolls around.

This local contest has been put together with the intention of drawing all local and vocally talented kids between the ages of 12 to 18 who may want to pursue a career in the music industry.

This contest is founded and organized by Roberto Cisneros of Cisneros Music Entertainment.

Cisneros said, “The contest was a great success. I was really impressed with all the contestants.

“The quality of the competitors was excellent, considering some of them it was their first time performing on stage in front of people.”

He praised all the youth for their courage to stand before the judges and sing.

“All 14 contestants were on point, and all the scores were close so it was a very close competition. There were many more contestants involved this year compared to last year. I was very pleased with all the contestants, and I feel that all of them did a great job and shouldn’t be disappointed because any one of the 14 of them could have won the contest. I’m looking forward to having them again next year.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.

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