Josh Bogert is first place winner of the 2015 Roadhouse Live Youth Talent Search (formerly Diamond in the Rock) following the event’s final concert Sunday afternoon (June 14) at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock.
The 14 year-old singer-songwriter, an Elgin Park secondary student, wowed judges with his versions of Feeling Good, his original song It Hurts, and Uptown Funk.
He won $800 in cash and gift certificates from The Roadhouse Grille, Tapestry Music and Long & McQuade, plus studio time at Blue Frog and four paid gigs at The Roadhouse Grille.
He joins the select company past winners Tommy Alto (now leader of Hawking), Alanna & Brianne (now working as Fionn) and Curtis Heimburger.
Second and third place in the contest also went to Elgin Park students becoming well-known in the community for their musical talents.
Second place was claimed by 15 year-old singer Richard Tichelman, who won $200 cash from The Roadhouse, plus a $50 gift certificate from Long & McQuade and a $25 gift certificate from Tapestry Music.
Third place went to Ava Carich, 16, who took home $100 in cash from The Roadhouse, plus a $50 gift certificate from Long & McQuade and a $25 certificate from Tapestry Music.
Other finalists in the two-month search were Shaugnessy McNabb, 12; Mireille Perez, 13; Isobel Ralph, 17; and Jasmine Stacey, 12.