Shine your light
youth vocal competition

presented by dreams do come true princess parties
honoring raymond cruz.


A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Vanderbilt children's hospital.


Raymond Cruz valiantly fought a battle with Stage 4 Ewing-like Sarcoma from 2017-2019. Throughout his battle, he was given the opportunity to share his message of hope with people through his music, from the hallways of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to the stage of the Ryman. Ray and his mother, Blandina, started the Shine Your Light Youth Vocal Competition in 2019 to raise funds for the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where Ray received his treatments.

Ray's family and friends will continue the competition in Ray's name and with his spirit guiding them.


competition & audition information


Preliminary auditions will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2020 from 2-5 p.m.

Fee: $30

Ages: 5-18


The Shine Your Light Youth Vocal competition will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2020 from 6-8 p.m.


The auditions and competition will be inside the Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Franklin, Tennessee.


Tickets for the competition will be available to purchase on the Williamson Country Performing Arts Center website for $10 each.

registration information

Audition registration will begin on January 27, 2020, on and go until March 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. will not be admitted. The audition fee is $30. Checks payable to "Dreams Do Come True Princess Parties."

The auditions and competition are open to kids and teens ages 5-8. Contestants will perform in one of three divisions: Youth (Ages 5-8), Middle (Ages 9-13) and Teen (Ages 14-18). The Shine Your Light competition is open to residents of Tennessee and surrounding states.

Registration Form Coming January 27

competition rules and regulations

  1. Participants must be a resident of Tennessee or a surrounding state.

  2. First-place winners of past Shine Your Light Competitions may not participate.

  3. Age criteria for participants and division levels is firm. The participant must be between 5-18 at the time of auditions.

  4. The length of preliminary audition songs are limited to 1.5 minutes.

  5. The length of final competition songs are limited to 2.5 minutes.

  6. Participants who performing longer than the allotted times are subject to point deductions and disqualification.

  7. Participants may perform their song of choice with a backing track, however, the backing track must NOT include any recorded lead vocals. Any pre-recorded track with audible lead vocals is not permitted and the contestant will be disqualified.

  8. No instruments, bands or accompaniment permitted. This is a vocal competition only.

  9. All recorded backing tracks must be placed on an iPod, iPad or phone in a separate folder labeled SYL. All locks and passcodes must be removed and devices must be placed on Do Not Disturb. Please label your device with your first and last name. If your iPod, iPad or Phone needs an adapter you must also provide one. REMEMBER to make sure your device is charged up. We are not responsible if your device or music does not play. Check it ahead of time or bring a backup. 

  10. Preliminary auditions will be capped at 35 max participants per division.

  11. Those wishing to audition must complete the online registration form

  12. Performances for the final competition will be capped at 20 max participants per division.

  13. The judging panel will comprise a minimum of three music industry professionals. Judges will score contestants based on skill, technical ability, stage presence, audience appeal, originality and overall performance. The judges' decisions are final.

  14. Each division will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. Cash prizes will be award to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each division. The amount of the cash prizes will be determined based on the registration fees collected. Prizes will be announced on March 30, 2020.

  15. Winners (or their parent/guardian) will be required to fill out a state-issued W-9 tax form. The form must be completed and turned in before cash prize will be given out.

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