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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:56 am

From Bollywood dance routines to banjo picking bluegrass, the first annual Morehead talent competition highlighted a variety of skillful students Tuesday night.

The show filled up rapidly and reached the capacity of the theater within minutes of the show starting.

“The best part of my night wasn’t winning the money,” said Greg Taylor, winner of the competition. “But just seeing how everyone reacted to my song and sang along to the hook.”

Talent Show
Greg Taylor Perfoms an orginial song during the Morehead Talent Competition at the Adron Doran University Center at Morehead State University on March 5, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Jameson Killen Jameson Killen

 Taylor sang an original song about his struggle with being ridiculed while being in an interracial relationship. Taylor received a large applause after his performance and ended up winning judge’s choice.

 “I was routing for him to win,” said Stephen Banks, a friend of Taylor’s who also performed in the talent competition. “He deserved to win tonight.”

 Banks performed an original song on his acoustic guitar and also accompanied Daria Denyensko, a music student studying Jazz voice performance. They performed a cover of “Dream,” by Fleetwood Mac. Denyensko would finish runner up to Taylor.

Taylor, who raps under the alias of Red Fox Playa, has been rapping for around eight years and said his inspiration came from the music he listened to at a young age.

“When I was about thirteen I really fell in love with the culture of Hip-Hop and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Taylor, “I feel like rap music can change the world.”

The talent competition was held in the newly renovated Adron Doran University Center in the first-floor theater.

The event was hosted by SGA senator, Sayyid Kanu, and SGA representative, Laura Hall. In addition, the judging panel included SGA president, Brandon Bryer, vice president for Student Affairs, Russ Mast, Dr. Eric Brown and Student Affairs staff member, Shannon Colvin.