McKINNEY (April 7, 2014) — The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will host a free watch party to celebrate McKinney singer/songwriter Crystal Yates who recently won the 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The watch party will be held Sunday, April 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. Yates will also perform during the watch party.

The Texaco Country Showdown is the largest and longest running country music talent show in the nation. The contest begins each spring with more than 450 live shows produced by country music radio stations. Local winners advance to state shows and then to one of five regional showdowns. These five winners then compete on the nationally syndicated television special.

“We are excited to celebrate with Crystal and her huge win on the Texaco Country Showdown. She joins a long list of country music superstars who have competed in the Showdown, including Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and LeAnn Rimes,” said Amy Rosenthal, Director of MPAC and McKinney Main Street. “MPAC is the ideal place to host a watch party since she has been a staple performing in downtown McKinney for so many years.”

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Yates regularly performs on the weekends at Lone Star Wine Cellars in downtown McKinney. She has also been a featured performer at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, The Wildflower Singer/Songwriter Festival, Good Morning Texas, Texas Independent Music Expo and many more.

A panel of country music experts made the final decision to crown Yates the national champion and recipient of the $100,000 prize. They were: Rod Essig, talent agent with Creative Artist Agency; Pete Fisher, VP, General Manager of Grand Ole Opry; John Ozier, songwriter and General Manager Creative of ole; Tracy Gershon, artist manager with Red Light Management; Leslie DiPiero, music publisher and co-founder of Tom-Leis Music; and Garth Fundis, record producer/recording engineer.

The Texaco Country Showdown will be aired April 12 at 9 p.m. on KXTA (Ch. 21). For more information about the watch party, visit or call 972-547-2650.


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at