Two teens from the Altoona area will get some air time and public recognition when they compete in a talent contest May 18 and 19.
Jared Peterman, 16, of Altoona and Noah Hoover, 14, of Duncansville are finalists in the senior division of the seventh annual Christian Talent Contest. The boys formed the duo Jared & Noah after Jared's father learned about the contest on radio station RevFM in State College.
The boys only have been performing as a duo since the end of March to prepare for the contest. They originally met in the winter of 2011 at a retreat held at Camp Mantowagon in Saxton, but went their separate ways until becoming members of a newly formed band this winter.
(Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski) Jared Peterman (left) of Altoona and Noah Hoover of Duncansville will record a song that will be played on radio station RevFM as they compete in the final round of the Christian Talent Contest. Each finalist will be given a code and listeners may vote for their favorite performance by texting their choice to the radio station.
When they met at the retreat, they were going to different churches and youth groups. Now they attend the same church, Faith Bible Church in Bellwood, but belong to different youth groups.
They also attend different schools. Jared is a junior at Altoona Area High School and Noah is an eighth-grader at Spring Cove Middle School.
The other two members of the band are Jason Snowberger, 38, and Zachary Shannon, 20.
Snowberger is youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, where the band practices, and Shannon is a college student. Snowberger is a vocalist and Shannon plays drums.
Neither qualifies to perform in the talent contest because they are older than 19.
So Jared, a guitarist who shares lead vocal duties with Snowberger, and Noah, a background singer and guitarist, decided to team up for the contest. They traveled to State College on April 18 for the preliminary competition where they sang a cappella and got the nod for the next round held April 25 in Milton.
"It was really cool," said Noah of the second facility, the Well Coffee House at Christ Wesleyan Church.
"We performed before about 200 people," Jared said.
The teens said there were 26 competitors from Shamokin Dam, Lewisburg and State College in the semifinal round where only three acts would be named to the finals.
"In the first round, we were really excited that we got through [the competition]," Noah said. "The second one was a lot of relief. When they announced the first two people [eligible for the semifinals], we thought we did not make it. Then, [the judges] announced a tie between us and another group."
"I just hugged Noah," Jared said. "I was pretty happy."
The winner of the contest will be determined in a format similar to "American Idol," only on the radio.
Listeners on Rev FM (102.7 in Altoona) will vote for their favorite contestant by texting a code repeated on the radio station May 18 and 19. The four finalists will record their songs May 17 at WGRC studios in Lewisburg. WGRC and a third station in Shamokin Dam also will air the finalists' music.
Throughout the competition, Jared & Noah have been performing their own version of David Crowder Band's "How He Loves Us."
It can be previewed by going to www.soundcloud.com and entering petey peterman in the search. Other recordings by Jared are there, including several he wrote.
The contest is sponsored by the program "Get Real with Dave 'n' Mike" that airs three days a week on WGRC.
The winner will appear on the talk show, perform at WGRC Day Aug. 9 at Knoebel's Amusement Park and receive a one song recording session with Songcrafters Studio in Beavertown.