The fifth annual Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search received more than 35 entries from talented truckers who love to sing. A panel of judges reviewed all the entries and has chosen a top 10. Over the next week, Overdrive will feature each of the top 10 singers in advance of announcing the three finalists who will compete live for first place at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August.
Mandi Jo Pinheiro of Twin Falls, Idaho
Owner-operator, drives team, Charleston Transport LLC
Has been trucking for three years
Song title: “Hashtag Truckers”
Why did you pick this song? I wrote this song to motivate drivers feeling discouraged during the first of the Twitter storm. The battle to keep the trucking industry from suffering blows against the government is long and lasting. Motivation through music is just something I enjoy trying to accomplish. Plus, I really love truckers!
What kind of truck do you drive? 2005 charcoal color Peterbilt, named Charlie
How long have you been singing? All my life.
Do you write your own songs? Yes, and grew up with dad playing guitar.
Do you play any instruments? Guitar.
The Trucker Talent Search culminates with a live contest featuring three finalists. The first-place winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, plus a recording session courtesy of AxleOutPro. The contest will be emceed by Tony Justice, who will also perform during the event.