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Up your karaoke game: Queen City Karaoke brings competitive singing to Charlotte

My go-to karaoke song is “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” by David Allen Coe.

Why? (1) It hides the fact that I can’t really sing all that well, (2) it’s fun and (3) I can usually get people in whatever bar I’m at to sing along to the chorus with me.

If you’re a little more talented than me — or at least pretty adventurous — you now have the ability to take your karaoke game to the next level. Queen City Karaoke is making plans for its inaugural season of competitive, team-based singing this fall.

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The concept is pretty simple:

– Six teams of singers will get together every Thursday at Texicali for a three-round rumble.

– Each team sends out a solo singer for the first two rounds, then the group as a whole performs together for round three.

– Everybody at the bar votes through an online system. Whoever wins the round gets points for their team.

The group is affiliated with the company United Karaoke, which started in Washington D.C., and has since spread to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.

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They’re expanding into Charlotte behind the efforts of Leanna Reid and Jim Gray, who moved to town about 7 months ago. Gray ran across the league in D.C., and said he immediately was hooked.

“It was just an amazing experience,” he said. “It’s a competition, but no one feels high pressure. It’s whatever you want to make of it.”

To drum up support, “we’ve been karaoke crashing,” Reid says. Eventually, the plan is for multiple bars to be involved, each crowning its own victor. Then the winners would face off for a citywide championship.

So you think you can sing?

– Early bird signups end Aug. 18.

– You pay $53, and you get entrance to the league and a team T-shirt.

– Follow @QueenCitySings on Twitter and Instagram for more information.

For the record, Gray said his go-to karaoke song is Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” Challenge him to a sing-off at your own risk.

Photo courtesy of queencitysings Instagram. 

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