CLINTON Some things in life have to sink in.
The Jolley family of Clinton learned Tuesday that 13-year-old Katelyn Jolley was named the winner of Country Music Television's "Music City Madness" contest.
Jolley beat out about 700 other contestants for the victory with her song, "This Game," which she wrote and submitted to the contest's Web site, madness.cmt.com.
According to a news release from CMT, more than 4 million votes were cast in the final stage of the contest in which Jolley overcame runner-up Macy Van Arnam, a 16-year-old from Ogdensburg, N.Y.
"Katelyn's future in country music is bright, and her outstanding performance in this contest really speaks to its authenticity," said Lewis Bogach, vice president of programming for CMT.
"The audience chose talent over production. Katelyn also proved the power of Internet marketing, and generated hundreds of thousands of votes, literally."
As the winner, Jolley will receive an all-expenses paid trip to CMT's Nashville studio to record an episode of "Unplugged at Studio 330," CMT.com's online performance series, and a private audition with Sony BMG Nashville's A&R department.
The trip to Nashville will take place sometime in January or February.
Katelyn Jolley's mom, Jennifer Jolley, said things were "crazy" at their Clinton home, with television and print reporters cycling through to interview Katelyn.
"It's almost surreal," Jennifer Jolley said. "I don't think it's sunk all the way in yet."
In an acceptance speech posted on the contest Web site, Katelyn Jolley said she's humbled by the experience."I'm so honored to have been chosen among so many talented people," she said.
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