Local singer heads to NY’s Apollo Theater




Karla Seldon of Youngstown will head to New York next week to sing at Amateur Night at the famous Apollo Theater.

The long-running series — known for its raucous audiences whose cheers or boos determine each act’s fate — pits entertainers from throughout the nation against one another. The last contestant standing is crowned the winner in October.

Seldon and a busload of her supporters will leave Youngstown on Tuesday. She will sing Wednesday night. There are a few seats still available on the bus; anyone interested in making the trip can call Lee Askew at 330-330-7878.

Seldon will sing “As We Lay,” a song co-written by Youngstown native Billy Beck (of the Ohio Players) and the late Larry Troutman.

The North High and Youngstown State University graduate trekked to the Apollo in October to audition and was invited back to perform.

A singer most of her life, Seldon released her latest CD, “No Regrets,” last year. Distribution still is being ironed out, but the disc soon will be available in stores. In the meantime, she will be shooting a music video March 26 in the Youngstown area and is looking for extras who want to be in it. Those interested can call 330-746-6798.

She released her first album, “For Love’s Sake,” in 1995 when she was living in California. She toured to support the record, doing many shows in Europe.

These days, Seldon works in the accounting office for American Express Travel in Boardman. On weekends, she can be found performing in local clubs, often with Youngstown’s Total Package Band.

For more information, go to ageesang.com.

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