When "Beaufort's Got Talent" contestants take the stage June 1, they won't have to worry about facing off with the winner from the past two years.
Competing against people of all ages, Logan Gannon, 19, took top honors in the first year of the competition in 2010, when she sang and played guitar to Colbie Caillat's "I Never Told You." In 2011, she sang and played piano to Adele's "Someone Like You." This year she's busy working on her bachelor's degree in music therapy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., where she continues to sing in the school's concert choir and is working with a voice coach.
"I wanted to go into a career where I could help people, and I thought why not combine it with something I love to do," Gannon said.
"It is a way of reaching people who are otherwise unreachable," she said, noting that she was inspired by her Beaufort High School choir teacher Victor Varner.
Gannon graduated high school in 2011 and has ties to the Lowcountry. She was born on Hilton Head Island and has lived on Callawassie Island. Her life has revolved around music. She is the daughter of Leo Gannon and Kim Quixell of Habersham and credits her talent to her family and years of lessons and practice. She has been singing since she was a child and has played guitar for seven years and piano for 14.
"My dad plays guitar and sings, and my extended family is very musical as well," Gannon said.
Gannon, who prefers singing blues music, placed twice in the Beaufort Water Festival Talent Show, one time for her version of Nora Jones' "I Don't Know Why." Her advice to this year's contestants: "Have fun and smile."