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Grammy winner to perform at fair

At the young age of 12, Stacie Orrico’s professional career began in 1998. While performing in a talent contest, an A&R executive judging the event spotted her talent and, two years later, her first album, Genuine, debuted.

Music had always been a large part of the Orrico household; Stacie sang at church and school but never meant for it to lead to a career in entertainment.

“I had always loved to sing,” Orrico said. “But I was not raised in a showbiz home. My parents are the farthest things from stage parents.”

Orrico will be performing at The Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 4 in the Paul Paul Theater.

At just 17, Stacie Orrico has separated herself from other ordinary girls, whether she meant to or not. Her first album, Genuine, debuted at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and then went on to sell over 500,000 copies.

“I’m a teenager, living a similar life that most teenage girls are,” Orrico said in an interview with Forefront Records. “So whether it’s from a positive perspective, or a questioning one, I want to sing about the things I’m dealing with, and worry or wonder about: growing up, and guys, and family.”

Orrico’s stage presence attracts and impresses fans and other musicians alike. Grammy- winning trio, Destiny’s Child, handpicked Orrico to open for them in a string of tours throughout the U.S. in 2001.

“They taught me a lot,” Orrico said. “I had the privilege of touring with them at one of the highest points in their career. And there they were, on top of the world, yet I would watch them still take time to talk to the fans, and listen to people, and never act jaded.”

With the release of Orrico’s second album, Stuck, a new kind of musicianship and vibrant performance style is introduced.

“Stacie Orrico is a good musician, for a girl,” Shawn Cason, ’04, said. “I didn’t listen to her first CD so I don’t know if it was any good or not, but the new album sounds pretty good, from what I’ve heard. I’m probably going to go to the concert with some of my friends.”

Orrico has a larger goal for her career than simply selling a lot of albums.

“I want to impact people’s lives with my music,” Orrico said. “People of all ages, from all walks of life. If I can accomplish that, just by sharing some of my experiences, then my goal will be attained.”

Stuck, critiqued as top-rate R&B pop blended with hints of rock, soul, and electronica, was written for teens but can also relate to adults. Many of the songs on this new album speak to a wilder audience than the mainly Christian crowd that Genuine appealed to. Orrico’s upbeat rhythms and forthright lyrics discuss Christianity with a more secular crowd, putting her in the position to impact the mainstream culture.

“I’m hoping I get to go to the concert,” Melissa Bump, ’05, said. “I like the two songs by her that they play on the radio. Also, admission is free if you pay to get into the fair!”

The Fresno Fair, located on Cedar and Butler, will be open from Oct.1 to Oct. 13. Student admission to the concert is free after paying $8.00 for entrance to The Big Fresno Fair.

For more information on Stacie Orrico and her upcoming tours, go to www.forefrontrecords.com/artist/default.aspx?artistid=67587. For information on The Big Fresno Fair visit www.fresnofair.com.

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