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X Factor star to headline festival

Southaven native and 24-year-old Nashville recording artist Skyelor Anderson will headline the Saturday night entertainment portion of the 32nd Annual Slugburger Festival held at the Corinth Depot.

By Zack Steen


It was just eight years ago when 16-year-old country crooner Skyelor Anderson "impressed" Simon Cowell and other judges on the hit TV show, the X Factor.

A native of Southaven, Anderson would make it all the way to the top eight before being voted off the NBC singing competition. Since then Anderson has kept busy as a singer-songwriter who continues to make a name for himself on the Nashville scene.

The now 24-year-old was in the studio recording new music for his fans on Tuesday.

"It's been three years since I've come out with new music," he told the Daily Corinthian. "I've gotten so used to playing shows five, six or even seven nights a week that I forgot about how good it feels to just write music."

Anderson has played hundreds of events since his X Factor days and this weekend he'll return to Corinth for the second year in a row.

After opening last year for Trent Harmon at the Slugburger Festival, Anderson himself will be the headliner at the annual event on Saturday night in downtown Corinth.

"Corinth is close to home for me ... I love playing there because it gives me a chance to stop by home," said the DeSoto County original. "I love seeing family and friends when ever I get the chance."

Anderson said it gets lonely on the road sometimes.

"I get home sick ... I love Nashville and I'm so happy to be apart of the music scene, but when my buddies back home send me pictures of them out fishing or hunting, I really start missing Mississippi," he added.

Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent said it will a "no-brainier" when deciding to ask Anderson back to the Slugburger Festival in 2019.

"He's truly a fan favorite around here "" everyone loved him and we actually had several people tell us after his performance last year that we needed to try to get him back in the future," said Avent.

Often compared to Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, Anderson grew up listening to The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Lionel Richie.

He began singing in church as a young child and knew by the age of 14 that music would be a huge part of his life. Whether an acoustic show or with his band, he plays originals, covers, modern country and country standards. He even throws in a little rock 'n roll every now and then.

Opening for Anderson is RT Rinehart's Jacked Lighting with special guest Ernie Welch.

"RT is an awesome guitar player and singer songwriter and I'm happy to be able to join forces with his great group for a few songs," said Welch, who himself is known for his banjo and singing talents with groups Blue Day, 7 Mile Creek, The Hatchie Bottom Boys and Magnolia Wind.

Also on the schedule for Saturday is Jackson, Tenn. duo Lady Sundown.

Saturday's entertainment gets started at 6 p.m. and gate admission is $10

On Friday night, the Garrett Eye Clinic Slug Voice will feature local singing talent. Admission is $5 for the competition before going to $10 for the night's main entertainment "" the Mustache Band.

The summer festival will open on Thursday with the carnival coming to life.

A new carnival company will setup in the clock tower parking lot at the corner of Fillmore and Cruise Streets, fresh slugburgers will be cooked on site and other concessions and vendors will be there.

Entertainment on Friday and Saturday night will take place at the Corinth Depot. While slugs and other concessions will be served inside the entertainment area, the same options will be available outside the carnival area so folks can pick up slugs at the festival without having to purchase an entertainment admission ticket.

Also taking place on Saturday morning is the festival's popular Miss Slugburger pageant.

Festival t-shirts are available for purchase. Sizes youth small through XL are $15 and sizes 2XL and 3XL are $17. The shirts are available at the tourism office or The Alliance office on Fillmore Street or at Borroum's Drug Store on court square, as well as at the event.

(For more information, search Slugburger Festival on Facebook, visit slugburgerfestival.com or contact 662-287-8300.)