First Lancaster Hometown Idol winner hits Nashville, Chicago

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By Michele Roberts

Wendy Winn knew from the time she was a little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up – a performer. 

A 2012 graduate from Andrew Jackson High School, Winn was part of the art-focused curriculum and had shown a gift t for music all through her school years. 

Now a sophomore at Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., Winn is studying commercial voice with an emphasis in music business and vocal performance in order to continue to pursue her dream of a career in singing. 

Thanks to a classmate who recognized Winn’s talent, she spent the summer performing in live shows at Six Flags Great America in Chicago, Ill.

“Her classmate, who had already worked there, knew the producer and that they were looking for performers and told Wendy about it,” said Winn’s mother Beth. 

“But Wendy thought Chicago was too far away, and she really wasn’t going to pursue it. So the classmate told the producer about Wendy, and after he watched one of her videos on YouTube, he called her and offered her the job,” she said.

“It was a really fun experience and I am so glad I did it,” Winn said. “I sang and danced for four shows a day, from two in the afternoon until 11 at night, five days a week. I was in a ‘60s show called ‘Reflections’ and I got to wear wigs and authentic 60’s clothing. It was a great time.”

Winn said she was part of the night show that closed the park each evening, which also features lasers and fireworks.

“It’s definitely something to see,” she said. 

Winn, who was the elementary division winner of the first Lancaster Hometown Idol Competition, says she enjoys her studies and the opportunities to perform that come her way. She was in Lancaster last month, performing at the Creekside Grill on Aug. 17.

“I just want to make music people love and bring a little joy to everyone,” Winn said, who lists her musical genres as pop, soul, and country. “I’m a small-town girl with big dreams and loving every minute of what I’m doing.”