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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Barrett Baber) - Three weeks after being selected by a celebrity panel as a Top 40 finalist in the CBS Grammy Gig of a Lifetime, Barrett Baber has won the top prize in that national contest. Baber's family, friends, and fans rallied around the singer/songwriter to help him clutch the honor. The contest was decided by public, online voting.

Baber, who teaches debate and forensics at Fayetteville High School says, "I really can't say enough to thank the people of Arkansas, my friends and fans, students and colleagues. It's been a whirlwind few weeks and I've been overwhelmed by the support of all these people."

In the past two weeks, Baber has performed on numerous television and radio shows culminating in an appearance on the Bobby Bones show--a nationally syndicated morning radio show based in Nashville, TN--where Baber performed, talked about his experiences as a teacher, and also opened up about being a survivor and hero of the American Airlines flight 1420 crash in 1999.

Baber says, "Making it to this point is certainly reward enough, but I'm excited to see what opportunities are going to open up from here on out."

Baber and his band will fly to Los Angeles for a week that will include a performance at the famous Nokia Theater.

The song Baber won the contest with is called "Drop Dead Redhead". The song is off his 2013 album, "Battlefield Us".

Baber's band includes Miguel Gamboa on drums, Greg Guillot on bass, Aaron Schauer on piano, and TJ Scarlett on lead guitar with Baber delivering the lead vocals and rhythm guitar.

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