ABILENE, Texas - Air Force Entertainer of the Year is a worldwide competition, and Captain Rachael Jarrell, stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, is one of three finalists. A few months ago she came across a flyer for a Vocal Upload contest at Dyess Air Force Base.
"The first thing I did was, I'm a part of a group on Dyess Air Force Base called The Voices of Dyess. I took it to the group and I said, ‘Hey guys, here's an awesome opportunity. Do you want to do it?’ and everyone said no," Jarrell said.
After winning the Vocal Upload contest and advancing to the next round of performances in San Antonio, she is now one of three finalists for Entertainer of the Year.
Jarrell said she wouldn't have this passion for music if it weren't for the encouragement and support of her family. She said one of the first songs she ever learned was the National Anthem because that was one song her mother, Rhonda McCullough, always performed.
"Every summer I would go out to Gordon, Texas with my grandparents Richard and Marjanna Swanner and they would teach me the classics,” Jarrell said. “They would teach me Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Bob Wells, all of that."
"I'm really proud of her. She's very good. She's a very good singer. She loves to perform. She loves being in front of people. It kind of runs in her family," said Rachael’s husband Brian Jarrell.
In middle school she was in choir and in high school she joined Mariachi, leading up to Voices of Dyess and hopefully Entertainer of the Year.
"I never stopped singing. In the Air Force, there's a lot of opportunities to represent and sing the National Anthem so that's really the basis of what I do and I love singing that song,” Jarrell said.
Click here to watch her performance. The last day to cast your vote is on January.
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