By Meredith Holt | email@example.com
FARGO – A music teacher and a military performer will bring some experience to Fargo Star 2014.
Rounding out this year’s Fargo Star top 10 are Chris Schuster, a music teacher at Park Christian School in Moorhead, and Mark Lindquist, an Air Force veteran who toured the world with Tops in Blue.
When Schuster found out he’d made the finals, he knew who to thank.
“I think I owe it to my junior high band students,” he says.
The 23-year-old Fargo man says his “band kids” have a few ideas for what he should sing at the finals March 22 at The Venue at The Hub. They want him to perform Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” or anything by Bruno Mars.
But, gospel and soul are more Schuster’s style, and he’s considering a song by Stevie Wonder or indie-pop band Fun.
Lindquist, who sang Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” in his audition video, thinks he’ll stick with his beloved Rat Pack style and sing Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife.”
Performing live is nothing new to the 32-year-old Fargo man. In addition to his work with Tops in Blue, he also sings the national anthem for groups like University of North Dakota men’s hockey.
“The whole singing and performing thing is really kind of my passion,” he says.
The final week of voting ushered in two more finalists: Samantha Culliton and Zach Johnson.
Culliton, a 23-year-old from Jamestown, prefers originals. It was “Waiting,” which she wrote with her younger brother, that got her into the top 10 of the eighth annual singing competition.
The song was written for her brother’s future wife, whom he hasn’t met yet.
“I thought it was really awesome that in his heart, he had those words set aside for her,” she says.
She’s not sure what she’ll sing for the finale, but she’ll stay true to her style.
“People say they like my voice because of the strength behind it. A lot of songs I sing have some sort of message behind them and I relay that through the tone of my voice,” Culliton says.
Johnson, who sang “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes in his audition video, also plans to stick with what works. For him, that’s modern country.
The 20-year-old Wendell, Minn., man isn’t sure which he’ll pick, but it’ll be “an up-tempo country song.”
Forum reporter Anna G. Larson contributed to this report
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