CMS returns to the stage

January 21, 2014 

Country Music Showcase celebrates Motown’s Greatest Hits Feb. 7 and 8 with songs from the Motown label including, ‘My Girl, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, ‘Superstition’ and more.

CMS is an opportunity for aspiring artists to perform in a state-of-the-art facility with a professional band and back-up singers in a two-day, multiple-show stint. Guest performers participate in a week of intense rehearsals which culminates into a full-length stage performance showcasing the talents of each guest performer.

The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the main campus of Johnston Community College. Additional shows are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with the pre-show beginning approximately 20 minutes before show time.

Individual evening show tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. Matinee show tickets are $10 in advance and $12.50 at the door. Tickets are available online at and through the JCC Box Office by calling 919-209-2099 Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Guest performers for the February CMS “Where Stars Get Their Start” Motown’s Greatest Hits show are:

Kailyn Roberson, Hayley Hall, Allan Beam, Brandy Parker, Greg Tart, Edward Williams, Daniel D. Johnson, and The Nu-Tones.

Also performing will be Benson resident Scott Johnson. Johnson began singing at 10 years old. He spent 10 years traveling with a bluegrass gospel group which received awards for both vocal and instrumental awards. He performed with Jeff and Sherry Easter, The Rochester’s, and Robbie Huffman and also enjoys performing as country legend, Conway Twitty.

Many prevous performers have gone on to claim the national spotlight, including Scotty McCreery, Clay Aiken, the Malpass Brothers, and Dakota Hood (The Hunger Games).

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