Berryville Daughter Poised to Open for Dave Barnes in Minneapolis

By Paula Shipman

Alex Masters, local aspiring talent, has been participating in a contest sponsored by to be the opening act for up and coming star, Dave Barnes at the Minneapolis, Minnesota venue, The Varsity.  Alex learned of the contest through a friend on the social networking site, Facebook.

Her friend kept urging her to post a video audition to the site and in the last six hours of pre-qualifying, Alex took that leap and followed the well-intentioned advice.  She was amazed as her video quickly jumped to the top of the entry group.  With so little time left in the audition phase, she went from the bottom to the top six.  Her speedy accomplishment in the preliminary audition phase earned her a “bye” in the first round of competition and ensured her a spot in the second round.

Through each of the next four levels of competition this week, Alex has held her own with votes coming in from the TopBlip website itself, Facebook and also, Twitter.  She has posted a few different videos. The first was a cover of a Dave Barnes song.  The second was a well-known country tune, “Strawberry Wine.”  In this final round of voting, she has posted her own original piece entitled, “Long Past Long Gone.”

If you would like to see her videos, and help her lead gain further momentum, please follow the link below and “Like” her video through your Facebook account.  An alternative voting method is to create a account and vote for her through their mechanism. Or, lastly, if you have a Twitter account, please re-tweet her video.

With an attitude that is as sweet as her honeyed voice, Alex would like to say, “Thank you so, so, so much to everyone who has voted and re-posted my video throughout the early rounds.  I will do my very best to represent Berryville in the best possible way!”

Her video can be accessed via the following link.


  1. I think Alex’s original, “Long Past Long Gone” was her best submission for the contest!

    Great job, Alex. Your hometown is proud of you. I remember when you sang at our Hometown Heroes event years ago. The Brandy Stills Band was there, too! That was a great day. So glad you continue to pursue your dreams!

  2. Lucky enough to witness this talented young lady grow and sing in church here in Clarke County. Best of luck to you and family. You will always have my vote!

  3. oh wow that is such GREAT news. Alex has come a long ways from a small town singer to a masterful trained artist. I have watched her sing forever and have enjoyed each occasion. I am glad that my voting and all the others moved you to the top. Good Job.

  4. Tony Parrott says:

    Great job Alex!
    I’m sure your family is proud. I know everyone in my house is excited for you.

  5. Connie Urbach says:

    I’m so proud of all the hard work, persistent, creative, and joyful steps you’ve taken to reach your dreams!! You are amazing!!
    From your biggest fan 🙂