Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Virginia Icon: Annual Music Competition Honors Virginia Native and R&B Star Trey Songz

The 2008 Virginia Icon Semi-finalists

Move over American Idol! Students from Virginia have their own version of showcasing their exceptional musical talent: The Virginia Icon.

The Virginia Icon is an annual statewide vocal music competition for middle and high school students sponsored by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC). The organization assists families of children with and without disabilities through education, information, support and training. PEATC builds parent-professional partnerships to promote success in school and community life.

Auditions for the competition occurred in the Alleghany Highlands, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and Richmond. The final competition is October 12, 2008 at Richmond’s 3,600-seat Landmark Theater. Judges will represent each area of the state where auditions occurred. Mrs. Alma Powell, wife of Retired General Colin Powell, and co-founder of America's Promise Alliance, is the event’s honorary chair.

Now entering its third year, this year marks the first time the Virginia Icon recognizes a famous young talent in the music industry with Virginia roots. This year's honoree is Petersburg native and R&B recording artist and songwriter, Trey Songz.

Trey is not just a phenomenal vocal talent. He also commits to make a social difference in his hometown where children and their families benefit from his philanthropy, as well as nationwide through his Songz 4 Peace campaign - a response to the rise in youth violence, particularly in urban areas. Launched in Chicago, Songz 4 Peace is creating a buzz owed to its real world focus that moves beyond lip service to change strategies fueled by individuals who turned their lives around.

“We are thrilled to have such strong support for the Virginia Icon,” shares Cherie Takemoto, executive director, PEATC. “For thirty years, we have been a statewide resource for children with disabilities, their families and the schools they attend. We also offer services, through our Parent Information Resource Center for all Virginia families,” she adds. “The Virginia Icon showcases Virginia’s young people at their best; they are our partners who help raise critical program dollars in support of the more than 175,000 children, statewide, with disabilities. Honoring Trey Songz for his talent and commitment to give back bonds with the Virginia Icon’s purpose,” she concludes.

For tickets and additional information on the Virginia Icon, contact Patricia Green, at I C Linkages, LLC, 301.526.1089, or