Aspiring Singers Get a Chance to Compete for Recognition During Michael Jackson Birthday celebration

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Singers perform during the MJFanvention2010 celebration weekend August 26 - 29, 2010 near his hometown

It's young talent an opportunity to perform...

During the month of August, Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland will be celebrating the talent and creativity of Michael Jackson. The King of Pop would have been 52 years old in August. In honor of his impact on younger performers, Ride or Die Records of Chicago and the Fluid Charitable Trust, Inc. an Indiana non-profit, will host the MJFanvention Star contest, August 14 at the Regal Theatre.

“It’s about honoring Michael Jackson while giving young talent an opportunity to perform in a great venue,” said Mickel Henderson, contest coordinator. Michael Jackson and his brothers performed at many talent shows throughout Gary, IN and Chicago. They performed at the original Regal Theater in Chicago in 1965.

“The talent of Michael Jackson is indisputable. In 1967 four boys from Gary, IN emerged as one of the most beloved singing groups of all time. From that springboard, Michael Jackson launched his solo career and became one of the greatest entertainers of all time. And just like the Jacksons, there are many talented individuals who just need a shot,” added Henderson. "Michael started here, and we want to honor his memory by having this event here."

There is no entry fee for participants. Auditions for the contest will be held at:

Chicago’s Malcolm X College, Saturday    July 10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ivy Tech Community College in Gary         July 24 from 9 a.m. – noon
Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL                 July 29 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The auditions are open to all singers from everywhere. Contestants must sing a Michael Jackson or Jackson Five song. The top 20 contestants will perform on August 14 at the Regal Theatre in Chicago. The top six finalists will go on to perform on August 29 during the MJFanvention2010 in Gary, IN -- the home town of Michael Jackson . Winners will receive cash, an appearance on Chicago TV, an overnight stay in a Chicago luxury hotel, the opportunity to record a song with Ride or Die records.

For more information and rules, go to or Facebook (search: mjfanvention star). Tickets for the August 14 singing contest are on sale at and the Regal Theatre box office


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