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Country singer to perform at Staples Music in the Park

Katie Ziegler will perform at the Music in the Park series in Staples on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. The series is made possible with a gift from the Staples Host Lions Club.

Country singer/songwriter Katie Ziegler will perform at Northern Pacific Park in Staples on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. This will end the six-week Concert in the Park Series.

A Staples native, Ziegler grew up listening to old-time country music. She was 14 years old when she first started to sing and learn to play guitar. Writing her own music came shortly after.

Since graduating from Staples Motley High School in 2008, Ziegler's been making a name for herself musically throughout the state. She has been a regional winner at the Colgate Country Showdown and took first place at a talent contest in Motley, winning a recording session at Bobby Vee's Rockhouse Studios in St. Joseph. Her debut CD, "The Distance," featured several of her original songs.

In 2014, Ziegler's talent caught the eye of national recording artists Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., judges on the Fox TV show American Idol. She auditioned for the show in Minneapolis and was one of 25 from that site (out of 3,000) to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood. There were four other audition sites throughout the U.S. with thousands more hoping to sing on the Orpheum stage. Only 200 would make it to Hollywood Week.

Ziegler's American Idol journey ended during Hollywood Week, but the experience has inspired her to continue pursuing her musical aspirations. Since that time, she has been hired on as the lead vocalist of country/rock band "Nasty Habit" out of Alexandria.

She continues to perform as a solo artist as well as is looking forward to sharing her music at the upcoming concert in Staples.

The Music in the Park Concerts are held in the Northern Pacific (NP) Park. For more information on the Music in the Park series as well as the regular concert series, check out www.staplesmotleyarts.org.

The Music in the Park series is funded by the Staples Host Lions Club. The series is organized by the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, with the assistance of the Staples Motley Public Schools and the City of Staples.

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