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June 26, 2014

You can help make city woman a singing 'idol'

Audience votes in contest featuring Liz Bills

She competed in ‘American Idol’’ and is now trying to make her musical mark closer to home.

Haverhill native Liz Bills wants to become an “idol’’ of a different kind — the Danvers Idol.

Bills is among the top 10 finalists in the seventh annual Danvers Family Festival Danvers Idol competition. She is competing for cash prizes, professional recording time and the chance to sing before 25,000 people at the Danvers Family Festival fireworks show.

Organizers of the event said Haverhill people can help propel Bills to victory on June 28. She and the other finalists will compete that night at 7 at the Danvers High School Auditorium. Their performances will be in front of four music experts and the audience.

Admission to the competition is free. Details are available by visiting www.DanversFamilyFestival.com.

The audience will act as a fifth judge to help cut the top 10 performers down to three. Those three singers will perform again for the four judges later that night, with the winner to be crowned the 2014 Danvers Idol.

Bills, 28, was born and raised in Haverhill. She started composing and performing music of different styles at the age of 8. She moved to Boston in 2011 to attend Berklee College of Music.

Bills competed in the 2013 “American Idol’’ competition and made it to the top 30 female performers. She is now performing and recording with her band Analog Heart. She also teaches piano, guitar, voice and songwriting.

Bills performed against 28 singers in the seventh annual Danvers Idol Preliminaries on June 7 and finished in the top 10.

At the June 28 event, those top 10 will perform a song of their choice before judge Karen Nascembeni, the director of corporate and community relations for North Shore Music Theatre & Theatre by the Sea.

The second judge is Tom Page of Decibel Architects. He is a musical artist whose studio creates and produces original music and licensed music. The public is likely to have seen a commercial he has performed or produced.

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