Go behind the scenes of the Great American Songbook Competition

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    The 2015 Songbook All-Stars perform a second group number called, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
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    Salon 01 gives image makeovers to the Top 10 Finalists including Songbook All-Star Lucas DeBard. During the competition, DeBard sang “I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter” and “I’ll See You in my Dreams.” DeBard said, “I’d really like to establish that I don’t want to be Michael Bublé, I don’t want to be Harry Connick Jr., I want to be Lucas DeBard. I want to come in with individuality so that they see Lucas and not something else.”
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    Songbook All-Star Madelyn Steuer starts her hair treatments for her own image transformation. Her songs for the competition were “Ev'rything I've Got” and “P.S. I Love You.” Steuer said, “I have a retro persona, in general, so I want to go for the 50s or 60s bombshell look. I want to surprise (the audience) because it’ll have that sex appeal even though I’m little. “
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    Songbook All-Star Katie Swaney waits to start her image transformation. She performed the musical theatre songs, “My White Knight” and “Show Me.” “I knew image was important (to a performer) but didn’t realize really how important it was until Mr. Alvarez told us today about a social experiment with a famous violinist,” Swaney said. “When (the violinist) went out no one recognized him without the stage, the suit and the hair. It’s all about how people recognize you and how you present yourself.”
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    Kathleen Muloma, Songbook All-Star and Carmel High School graduate, performs a solo in “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” For the competition, Muloma sang “What’s New” and “I’m Beginning To See The Light.”
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    Kristin Barnes, Songbook All-Star and Carmel High School graduate sang “100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man” and “So In Love” for her part in the competition. “My favorite memory from this week was whenever all of us would just sit around and make music together,” Barnes said. “I’m just continually blown away by the talent and blessed to be here.”

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