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‘Voice’ winner Shepherd to headline UFO Fest concert


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New Mexico native Chevel Shepherd will headline the 2021 UFO Festival Main Event concert with an opening act to be determined by a battle of the bands.

The concert announcement was made in a press release Tuesday afternoon by In Depth Events, the city of Roswell’s contracted organizer for the festival.

In 2018, Shepherd was 16 years old when she won the 15th season of NBC’s “The Voice.” Coached on the singing competition show by Kelly Clarkson, she has since opened shows for Clarkson as well as other performers such as Little Big Town and Lee Brice, according to the press release.

Shepherd has released her debut EP, “Everybody’s Got a Story,” and performed in the Food for Love virtual concert in February that raised money for New Mexico food banks.

Shepherd was raised in La Plata, a rural community near Farmington, and grew up singing.

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“I’ve been singing since I could talk. My sister and my mom sing, and I always wanted to be like them,” she said in the press release.

The UFO Festival Main Event will begin at 6 p.m. July 3 in the Wool Bowl parking lot. Shepherd is scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. and play a 75-minute show, said Robert Chapman, co-founder of In Depth.

Shepherd will do a local radio interview while in town and some giveaways will be planned, Chapman said.

Ticket information can be found at www.ufofestival.com.

The opening act for Shepherd will be determined by the public in a battle of the bands on July 2 hosted by the Roswell Community Little Theatre.

In addition, ’90s country tribute band Straight Tequila Night will play the second opening set, according to the press release.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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