Some folks are just natural born performers, and that’s certainly the case with one of the newest cast members at Country Tonite! 10 year old Shelton Tison joined our cast in 2015, and his incredible voice and stage presence have already made him a fan favorite at our Pigeon Forge live music show. Joining the banjo virtuoso Willow Osborne as one of our featured youth performers, Shelton has been the perfect addition to our roster of talented musicians. Read on to learn all about Shelton and his impressive resume.
A Family Tradition
Shelton’s interest in performing was sparked by his older brothers, Thomas-Allan and Jonathan, who are both very active in the Knoxville area theater community. Both Thomas-Allan and Jonathan have performed at the University of Tennessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre, and Jonathan starred in the 2011 production Dollywood’s Sha-Kon-O-Hey. After spending numerous hours watching his brothers’ rehearse and perform, Shelton decided that he wanted to get on stage too!
From Opera to Country
While Shelton mostly sings country tunes at our Pigeon Forge live music show, he actually made his theatre debut at an opera! At the age of 5, Shelton played a ghost child in the University of Tennessee’s presentation of Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville.
Since his first foray into the world of theatre, Shelton has performed in a number of shows. He has played Tiny Tim multiple times in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s productions of A Christmas Carol. Shelton was also part of the cast of the Cumberland County Playhouse’s The Music Man.
An Amazing Voice
When we cast Shelton at Country Tonite, we were hugely impressed by his vocal talent. For such a young singer, he has exceptional pitch. Shelton has received extensive voice and dance training, and it has clearly paid off!
To hear one of Shelton’s performances at the Country Tonite Theatre, check out the video we have embedded below. Shelton and Willow perform a great rendition of the classic Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner duet “Better Move It On Home”.
About Country Tonite
Repeatedly voted the Best Show in the Smokies, Country Tonite offers something for everyone! Combining toe-tapping performances with hilarious family friendly comedy, our Pigeon Forge live music show is a blast for anyone age 2 to 102. With classic country songs, contemporary hits, and uplifting gospel music, you won’t be able to resist singing along to your favorite tunes.
In addition to our incredible youth performers Shelton and Willow, the Country Tonite cast features a full band, a six person dance troupe, unparalleled vocalists, and Bubba The Redneck Ranger, our resident comedian. All of our shows take place at our beautiful multi-million dollar theatre with 1,500 seats and state of the art sound and lighting.
The Country Tonite Theatre offers free admission to children 12 years and under with a paying adult, making us one of the most affordable shows in Pigeon Forge. We also provide a $5 discount to everyone who books their tickets online! To take advantage of this special deal, visit our Pigeon Forge Music Show Coupons and Discounts page.