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Looking for that big break

Bryan GallegosRifle CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, Colorado CO

BATTLEMENT MESA Give Angella Lewis a microphone and shes in heaven.And when the 26-year-old Battlement Mesa woman is in heaven, she sings like an angel.Now shes taking her sultry sounds to the Tropicana Express Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nev., for the Talent Quest 2007 National Finals on Sept. 23-30.Talent Quest 2007 is a national singing and performance contest. Thousands of people have competed in the national karaoke contest, with more than a hundred qualifying for the finals after surviving local, state and regional competitions.Lewis qualified for the national event after winning the eastern Colorado regional competition in La Junta. Now shes eligible for more than $375,000 in cash and prizes, including a $20,000 first prize.Even when she speaks, Lewis words come out soft, almost music-like.I just like to make people smile. Thats what I do, Lewis said.Shes been doing that since she was 3 years old, when she used a hairbrush for a microphone and a coffee table for a stage.I remember singing in front of a mirror, pretending to be a phenomenal singer, Lewis said smiling, almost embarrassed.Theres nothing to be embarrassed about these days.Shes developed a local following, singing at various dance clubs in the area, belting out tunes by Reba McEntire or Patsy Cline.But shes not limited to the Rifle area. Lewis has performed at the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival for the past 10 years and has had gigs in county and state fairs in Colorado, California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and Texas.Two years ago, she auditioned for American Idol in Denver. More than 4,000 show up for the audition. Lewis made it to the second round.Shes also opened for the likes of Montgomery Gentry and Sara Evans.I try to stick with country because thats where my voice is. But I can do rock and R&B, Lewis said. I just love performing, though. I love performing for people. The more people, the better.Now shes looking for that big break.Shes hoping her gamble will pay off in Nevada.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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