Great Northern stars expand profile in local music scene

A while back I had mentioned that a couple of young stars from our Great Northern Radio Show were competing in a big talent show at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. Well, I’m happy to report that our two talents Sonny Johnson and Iris Kolodji did, in fact, win first and second prizes, respectively, in the show.

Sonny will open for Roy Clark at the Reif Center on Sept. 22.

Here’s Sonny’s winning song, “Round the Bend,” which he debuted at our June show in Brainerd:

The Grand Rapids Herald-Review interviewed Sonny about his big win. Keep an eye on this guy, he’s got real star power. He’s at Bemidji State in his hometown this year but I don’t think Bemidji can hold him for long. We hope to have him back on the show a few more times before he’s in New York or L.A.

Meantime, Iris has already written some fun Iron Range-themed music for our Oct. 20 Great Northern Radio Show in Eveleth. She’s studying to be a music teacher at the U of M, but she’s another unique talent to watch from right here in northern Minnesota. We’re live from the Broadman Theatre at Eveleth-Gilbert High School that Saturday evening. We’ve got both kinds of music in that show, Finnish and Slovenian.

OK, we have even more than that, too. Follow KAXE for news on the show.

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