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ShoeString talent show puts Austin Mahone on the map

 
ShoeString talent show puts Austin Mahone on the map

Austin Mahone. If you haven’t heard his name before, you will. He attended La Vernia schools in 2010 and performed in the inaugural La Vernia’s Got Talent show in the La Vernia Junior High School cafeteria in November 2010.

He had never performed on stage before that night and he was very nervous. The show’s producers, members of LV Shoestring Stage Productions, all encouraged him that he would do great. We had great confidence in his abilities.

That night, he shone like a star.

“If I remember correctly, it was his first time on stage,” recalled stage manager Ginger McDowell. “Because he was so good at the audition, I decided to put him last in the lineup to perform. I have since learned that this was probably not the nicest thing to do to someone so young and inexperienced. Waiting caused more nerves, which made him a little sick to his stomach. However, when it was his time, he performed like a pro and the crowd just loved him. It was a perfect ending to our very first production!”

Austin and his friend, Alex Constancio, began recording videos of Austin singing “cover songs” on YouTube. Later, Austin and his mother moved to San Antonio.

Austin’s videos were getting lots and lots of attention from his adoring fans, “Mahonies.” His videos got more “likes” and more “hits” online and went viral.

He has been referred to as a viral celebrity. His Twitter account surpassed 1 million followers. His rise to that number of followers in such a short time was unprecedented.

Then the Mahones moved to Miami. A couple of months ago, Austin signed his first recording contract with an agency in Miami. His first hit single, “Say Somethin,’” gets regular air play on Mix 96.1 in San Antonio.

Last month, Austin appeared on the “LIVE! With Kelly and Michael” network TV show (KSAT 12 in the San Antonio area). Austin even showed Kelly Ripa some of his dance moves. Radio station Mix 96.1 keeps track of Austin’s travels with its very own “Hurricane Mahone” tracker -- a map of the United States with a hurricane symbol over Austin’s current location. Recently, he was in in San Diego, Calif. His mom posts regularly on Facebook, telling fans where they are traveling.

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo just announced that Austin will be a featured performer Feb. 10 for next year’s rodeo. You can be assured that Austin’s Mahonies and his La Vernia “Rat Pack” pals will be in the audience for his show.

The LV Shoestring Stage Productions group is very thankful they had the chance to see Austin Mahone before fame found him.

For more pictures of Austin before he was famous, be sure to look up LV Shoestring Stage Productions on Facebook and look for La Vernia’s Got Talent to find several photos of Austin on stage and backstage.

This year, the LV Shoestring Stage Productions will host its third annual talent show, Wilson County’s Got Talent, on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the La Vernia High School auditorium.

Appearances in previous shows have led performers — including Austin — to brighter lights and bigger stages. Magician Cody Sanders has performed in Hawaii and La Vegas and was the featured performer for a Sophie Sparks benefit. Alex Whippo’s band, “Embrace The Moment,” has performed at several clubs and musical events in San Antonio. Sierra Cecil, who performed the first year on the same stage as Austin Mahone, also has auditioned for “America’s Got Talent,” “The Voice,” “The X-Factor,” and “American Idol.”

You never know who you might see on our stage. You’ll just have to come watch our talented folks.

Who knows? You might just see the next Austin Mahone!

 
 
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