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Future Rock Stars Live The Dream In Smyrna

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by Emily Luxen

SMYRNA, Tenn. - A new crop of rock stars will be ready to take the stage thanks to some help from a Smyrna non-profit organization.

Carpe Artista is a group dedicated to promoting the arts in Smyrna. 

It runs a six week program called Jukebox Hero that takes wannabe rockers from beginners to stars. 

It is open to adults of all ages, and for 65-year-old Linda Sutton, it helped her cross off a big item on her bucket list.

"How many opportunities do you get to be a rock star?" said Sutton.  "This is it!"

Sutton has been the drummer in a band called "A Woman Scorned."  The Jukebox Hero program puts the participants in bands, and provides coaching and practice sessions to help them live their dream.

"So many people used to play an instrument and gave it up when life got in the way," said Executive Director of Carpe Artista, Ron Alley. "This gives them an opportunity to be in a band once again."

The program includes 16 participants ranging in age from 18 to 65. 

In addition to instruction from professional musicians from the Nashville area, participants learn how to market their band.

"They have to create a Facebook page, a band name, and an aura," said Alley. "It is more than just playing."

Weekly practice sessions at LifePoint Church in Smyrna are all building up to a final Battle of the Bands competition where participants can show off their skills. 

The band "Running with Scissors" went from learning each other's names to playing songs like "Hard to Handle" by the Black Crowes.

"Watching the band become a unit is fantastic," said Brian Nelson, one of the instructors. "It's really rewarding to see we can have an impact on their musical growth and help them along the way."

The Jukebox Hero Showcase will be Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at the LifePoint Church in Smyrna. 

Ticket sales benefit Carpe Artista, and for more information click here

The winner will receive a five hour recording session.

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