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Idol makes a name for himself

16-year-old Joe Tyler hopes for a career in music
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Oakmont High School junior Joe Tyler is ready to be taken seriously in the music world, and he took his first step on that journey by winning the RTAA Idol contest May 19 in Roseville.

He performed the song, "Angels on the Moon," by Thriving Ivory.

The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy hosted the second-annual Idol fundraiser with 12 finalists belting out their songs to an audience of about 250 people. These fans voted and selected 16-year-old Tyler as the winner.

"Winning the competition means that my name is out there and the time I've spent honing my talent and nurturing this gift is finally paying off," Tyler said. "I hope that having my name out there and the recording studio time will be the first step on a long career as a musician and a performer."

For being named Idol, Tyler gets free studio time courtesy of River City Recording in Roseville.

Tyler is part of Oakmont's drama program and recently performed the lead role in their production of "Little Shop of Horrors." He also writes poems and rap songs.

The Idol event raised more than $15,000 for the nonprofit academy, which operates out of Roseville Theater on Vernon Street.

"I am elated by the outpouring of community support for our second-annual Idol fundraising benefit," said President Michelle Raskey.

She said her organization is fortunate to be the recipient of generous parents, volunteers, businesses and civic leaders who helped make the event a success and share the passion "to provide our local youth the ability to participate in live theater and find their 'corner of the sky.'"

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.