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Bleckley High choir to sing with band 'Foreigner'

A high school choir is getting the chance of a lifetime...to perform with a world-renowned band on stage.

The Bleckley County High School choir was practicing Monday afternoon, but not for a recital.

They're performing the song "I Want to Know What Love Is" with the original band that sang it, Foreigner.

The choir's director, Kelli Greer, said, "I was informed by some co-teachers that there was a competition with 106. And they said you need to go online, look it up. You get to sing 'I Want to Know What Love Is' with Foreigner on stage."

Greer says she and the students entered a radio contest hosted by a Macon rock station.

The choir would not only gets to sing on stage, but would get 500 dollars donated to their music program. She sent in a video of the students singing...one day before the deadline.

"Last Monday, at this time, we were filming the video that was required to compete in the competition. We submitted it on Tuesday, and found out on Wednesday that we had won the competition," Greer said.

One of the choir members, Ashley Strickland, "I was walking up the hallway to class, and everybody was screaming we won, we won."

The sophomore thought the she and fellow students had won something else, but quickly learned the truth.

"I realized we won the foreigner competition. And I was so excited, I just like had a little scream and I was really, really pumped to do it," Strickland said.

Joesph Arnold, who's a senior and an aspiring singer himself, said he listened to the band as a kid, and that he hopes something special happens when he meets them.

"I'm going to bring my guitar, and get it signed by them hopefully," he said.

"This is a once in a lifetime big deal for the majority of the students," said Greer, "Who's to say one of them may be in a group one day that might reach epic proportions that foreigner has?"

While it may seem an impossible dream...to some students, winning the contest was one too.

Foreigner's concert will take place Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. at the Macon City Auditorium. The doors open at 6:00.


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