She’s just turned 13, but Zoey Ball, West Mineral, is already singing like a grown-up.
The Cherokee Elementary School student placed first in her age category June 2 in the Fort Scott Idol competition, which enabled her to perform in the classic country show June 3 at Fort Scott Memorial Hall with Tony Juarez, Dave Owens and Jamie Ogle. Her winning selection was “Breakaway,” a Kelly Clarkson hit.
“They’ve also invited me to sing in the Fort Scott Relay for Life,” Ball said, “and I’ll be singing in some nursing homes.”
The daughter of Doug Ball and Dody Ball, she has been singing since she was 3. She said the rest of her family isn’t especially talented in music, but does enjoy it.
“My dad really likes to listen to music on the radio and we play a game,” Ball said. “You have to list who sang the song, what year it was popular and the title of the song. My half-sister, Kricket Medlin, also listened to a lot of music when she was a teenager, so I’ve been around music all my life.”
Her family also includes stepbrothers Cody and Ryan Rakestraw and stepmother Jamie Ball.
Ball said the first time she sang in front of a crowd was at a school talent contest.
“My first competition was the Pittsburg Summer Sing-Off last summer, and I placed third,” Ball said. “Then I placed second in Pittsburg Idol and now I won Fort Scott Idol.”
She said that her favorite music category is country, and one of her influences is Carrie Underwood.
“She went on ‘American Idol’ and won, and I’d like to be on ‘American Idol’ some time,” Ball said. “My biggest dream and biggest goal is to have a singing career.”
Because many singing competitions require participants to be at least 18, so she may need to wait a while, sing in area events and gain experience, not to mention continue with school and other activities.
“I love playing softball,” Ball said. “I’ve played third base, but I like catcher better.”
Her first love, though, is performing.
“I really enjoy singing, and really enjoy seeing the crowd get into the music,” Ball said. “I like knowing that I’m giving back to them as well.”