An outdoor concert on Wednesday night July 23rd in May City,Iowa, drew thousands of people to the tiny hamlet of fewer than 50 people in Osceola County.
An estimated 5,000+ spectators came to see Shawn Mayer perform in her hometown, a concert that was filmed by NBC. Part of the concert will be aired Monday night July 28 on their series "Nashville Star."
Mayer is one of the four finalists on the series this year. She earned her spot by edging out more than 45,000 other hopefuls. She had originally just gone to the auditions with a friend and was convinced to try out.
The back- up band for the performance on the 23rd was the Kee City Players, made up of musicians from Cherokee County.
Mayer is a 2005 graduate of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School.
Watching her back -
Randy Martin (left), Steve Alingh (center) and Mike Hoover (right) of the "Kee City Players" of Cherokee, played backup for Shawn Mayer on Wednesday night in May City.
Photo by Mike Leckband
Previous episodes of "Nashville Star" were taped in Nashville, but the final episodes will include clips of the contestants performing in their respective hometowns.
Nashville bound -
Jomi Anderson of KCHE was on hand at the Shawn Mayer concert in May City on Wednesday, along with Ginny Bright and Susanne Oswald of Nomad Travel of Cherokee. They presented Shawn's parents, Shandra and Mark Mayer, along with her sister Shane Mayer, with a surprise gift. Nomad Travel and KCHE teamed up to send Shandra and Mark to Nashville to watch their daughter in the grand finale of Nashville Star.
Pictured, left to right, are Jomi Anderson, Ginny Bright, Susanne Oswald, Shandra Mayer, Mark Mayer and Shane Mayer. Photo by Mike Leckband
Special guests -
Shawn Mayer's special guests for her July 23rd homecoming concert in May City were the "Kee City Players" of Cherokee. The back-up band was made up of Jimmie Davis (right), Michael Hoover (center), Paul Sleezer, Steve Alingh, and Randy Martin. Photo by Mike Leckband