Loomis Basin definitely has talent

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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It?s official, the Loomis area is loaded with talented singers and musicians. After two weeks, six hopefulls will move on to the semi-finals and more will be added each week. Tonight, the Loomis Basin Has Talent contest will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at Loomis FamilyFest, at the Loomis Train Depot for singers and hand-held instrument musicians, ages 7 and over. Moving on after the April 18 competition at Loomis Basin Brewery are Reilly Gallagher,13, of Loomis, a Placer Elementary School student who ?has been singing as long as she can remember;? Zach Traynor, 19, a singer, songwriter, and guitar player, who works for a Loomis tree-trimming business; Steven Gouthier, 31, from Sacramento, who was a classical French chief for 15 years and has been singing since he was a child and is looking for his big break; along with Jessica Arriaga, 30, of Sacramento, who is a working single mother, was a high school choir member and is looking for her big break. The April 25 contest at Liberal Bull netted semi-finalists Jeanette Hawkins, 27, a local singer and original songwriter recently featured in the ?Loomis News?; banjo player Paul Doerner, 23, of Loomis, who?s played banjo since he was 13 and in post-production as an assistance editor & a 3D Modeler; Johnny Bilson, 35, who grew up in Rocklin and has never had any vocal training; and Addie Grove, 56, of Citrus Heights, who works at a jewelry store and has been selling diamonds for 38 years and said, ?Singing is her happy place. For registration or more information, call 652-7252, or go to