Dylan Kroll Named Grand Prize Winner of Song Search

DylankrollawardUnfortunately as an avid Chicago Bulls fan the night started out a little dismal.

When halftime arrived, that’s where the fun began. The time finally came to announce Visit Lake County’s I Love Lake County Song Search Grand Prize winner.

Dylan Kroll of Waukegan was announced as the Grand Prize winner of the I Love Lake County Song Search for his tune, ‘Lake County, the Bounty of Illinois,’ at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville Thursday night.

“I’m honored to receive this award,” Kroll said in front of acrowd of DSC_0574supporters at Mickey Finn’s. “I put a lot of time and effort into the song, so it’s great to be recognized by the judges.”

Kroll, who was also named the competition’s Fan Vote winner, got the opportunity to play at Mickey Finn’s during the announcement. The Waukegan resident played his winning song and a Maroon 5 cover. After receiving the award, Kroll played the song, ‘Crazy,’ by Gnarls Barkley.

“We are extremely proud with how the Song Search turned out,” Visit Lake County Director of Marketing Anthony Haag said in a press release. “We received great submissions and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of songs. It was an interesting process to see how the fans voted and what the panel of judges thought of the songs. We look forward to working with Dylan to create and promote a summer music video for residents and visitors coming to Lake County.”

L-R Griff Johnson, Dylan Kroll, Diamond Z and Scot Arcari

L-R Griff Johnson, Dylan Kroll, Diamond Z and Scot Arcari

Besides Kroll, Many of the contest’s musicians were in attendance for the big message including our Rory Tyer Band (consisting of Rory Tyer, Brian Herman, Danny Olmeda, Dave Bedell, Dave Verlee and Dave DeRose) of Libertyville, Diamond Z (known as Marcus Ziegler) also of Libertyville, Scot Arcari of Kildeer, Vessy Mink of Barrington, Matt Sams of Mundelein and Griff Johnson of Grayslake.

The top four entries in judge voting were Kroll, Diamond Z,  Johnson and the Rory Tyer Band.

The next step for Kroll is a professional recording of his

Arcari and Matt Sams

Arcari and Matt Sams

winning song and a music video portraying Lake County. Kroll will also be a featured live performer at various Lake County summer & fall festivals including Long Grove Strawberry Fest, Scoop Waukegan and Taste of Lincolnshire.

We urge all participating musicians to keep in touch with us as we try to bolster our future outreach in the music community.

Family and Friends of Kroll applauding after the Grand Prize winner was revealed

Family and Friends of Kroll applauding after the Grand Prize winner was revealed

We would like to thank all participating artists in this competition: all of the entries were great. Visit Lake County also extends a thank you to Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville for hosting our event. Congratulations Dylan!

Continue here to listen to Dylan Kroll’s, ‘ Lake County, the Bounty of Illinois.’

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