Albertson prepares for Everybody's Day stage
Thomasville may have gained national recognition, but it has not forgotten the local individuals who make it an All-America City.
Olivia Albertson, a Thomasville native and graduate of Catawba College, will perform on the Bank of North Carolina Music Stage at Everybody's Day on Sept. 28. The 21-year old country artist is one example of how hardworking, blue collar people have formed the backbone of the Chair City's success.
Her music captures the essence of the working class she represents.
"A couple years back, I heard country rock for the first time and I fell in love with the whole genre," Albertson said. "I started playing out acoustically at bars and coffee shops in high school, mainly around Thomasville. I began writing my own music and developing my sound. I first started performing with a full band at Catawba College as part of my major, and I realized that I loved performing and singing songs that truly affected people."
Albertson's desire to arrange music that impacts a large number of people has her popularity soaring among fans of Southern music. Her huge career break came in 2012, when she had the opportunity to open for one of country music's more popular groups.
"Last May, I was asked to perform in Kannapolis as the opener for Parmalee, a band that is currently signed to Broken Bow Records out of Nashville," Albertson said. "It was one of the most exhilarating performances I've experienced. Trying to get a foot in the door in the music industry is difficult, but with an amazing backing band, it's possible."
She will be performing mid-day with her band before giving way to Big Time Party Band at 1 p.m. Performing their hit single, "Cherry Groove" and several others, Croft said the band will offer an excellent collection of beach music. Doug Croft, president of the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce, is excited about the range of talent assembled for this year's festival.
"I was on a vacation last summer at the beach and was listening to a radio station down there," Croft said. "I was listening to it on my way to and from my destination and kept hearing a song, but they would not tell who sang it. I came back to work and sent the radio station an email to find out who sings it. It was the best new beach music sound I've heard in a long time.
"When the opportunity came up for us to have them, I called."
Croft is not the only one excited. Albertson said Everybody's Day will always be special to her. As someone who has enjoyed the festival for years and understands the significance the state's oldest festival being in her backyard, she cannot wait for the chance to share her music with the ones who helped jumpstart her career.
"Everybody's Day is just that — a day for everybody. I am honored to have been asked to perform," Albertson said. "I'm excited to help celebrate the All-American town and put on a show for the the people who raised me, the people I grew up with and the people who still, to this day, inspire my songwriting. This performance at Everybody's Day is so close to my heart because it is not just any performance — it's a show for my hometown."