The sixth annual Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search received more than 50 entries from talented truckers who love to sing. A panel of judges reviewed the entries and has chosen a top 10. Over the next several days, Overdrive will feature each of the top 10 singers in advance of announcing the three finalists who will compete live for first place at August’s The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.
Shanika Whiters of Lithonia, Georgia
Working for an independent contractor with Forward Air
Has been trucking for 8 years
Song title: “Tennessee Whiskey”
Why are you drawn to singing? It gives me a chance to create and escape while driving. I am planning on writing and producing my own music.
How do you keep music in your life when busy on the road? I have my own recording studio in the back and practice as I drive. My co-driver tells me to hush most of the time lol. But I love what I do.
What’s your daily haul like? OTR driver hauling dry freight. I drive nights with my team driver. From midnight to 11 in the morning.
The Trucker Talent Search culminates with a live contest featuring three finalists. The first-place winner receives a professional recording session. The contest will be emceed by Tony Justice, who will also perform during the event.