Drey Skonie wowed judges with an emotive, showstopping performance of the Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby” to win the “Amplify: The Sound of Detroit” competition Wednesday night.
The 37-year-old Detroit singer was crowned champ to close out a 2½-hour show for a full house at the Gem Theatre as the Motown Museum staged the fifth edition of its annual singing contest.
Skonie, sporting a sharp vintage look to go with dynamic vocals and dramatic stage moves, topped a field of 10 Michigan contestants performing songs from the Motown catalog. Wednesday capped a months-long journey for the singers, who underwent an artist-development program in the mode of Motown’s classic system.
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Robin Terry, Chairwoman and CEO of Motown Museum, Drey Skonie, the Amplify Artist of the Year, Tristan Andrews, Hitsville NEXT Program Manger, and host of Amplify Doug E. Fresh.
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