Recently, the Erath County chapter for Habitat for Humanity had their first ever A Voice for Habitat singing competition hosted at Twisted J Live on Oct. 4. Habitat for Humanity is a nationwide organization that helps families have homes that are adequate for the family’s needs and allow families to pay off their mortgage after the house is built, interest free. Currently they are working on their 20th house in Erath County.

This event presented 12 singers from all over Texas that were all competing for the top prize which included the opportunity to be an opening act at Twisted J Live, one song to be professionally recorded and $1,000!

The event showcased tremendous amounts of talent by both the contestants and the celebrity guest judges Jason Eady and Courtney Patton, who are famous for their old country-inspired music. Throughout the night, guests had the ability to vote for their favorite singer by going on the Habitat for Humanity page and donating in order for the singer to get more points that would be added to the judge’s opinions to determine the winner. The 2019 winner of A Voice for Habitat was Andrew Dolan from Burleson, Texas.

This is one of the first major fundraising events that Habitat for Humanity has had in the last few years and the Stephenville community really rallied behind them to support this local organization.

LeAnn Watkins, the Fundraising Chair, says she is "overwhelmed with and very grateful for the generosity of those that helped make A Voice of Habitat a success and raise $22,700 in its first year." In the end, A Voice for Habitat is able to take that money and use it to help families by empowering them through shelter.