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One talented teen

Halliday’s Biffert will perform on July 14 at Music in the Park

July 9, 2010
Matt Mullally

Quintana Biffert is just 18 years-old, but her singing and performing experience far exceeds her youth.

Since age eight, the Halliday, N.D teen has been dazzling audiences with her singing and yodeling talents, performing in several states and earning many accolades along the way.

She will bring her talents to Rugby this Wednesday, July 14, performing as part of the Lions Club's Music in the Park concert series, beginning at 7 p.m.

Her musical journey started in Dodge, N.D. where she earned a first place award for singing Shania Twain's "Honey, I'm Home" at a talent show.

"It was my older sisters that inspired me,' said Quintana, who will soon begin her senior year at Halliday School. "They performed (at the talent shows) in Dodge and I wanted to as well."

Over the years she competed and won many talent shows in the upper Midwest, including one at the N.D. State Fair in 2006.

In 2007, Biffert was a featured performer at the Medora Musical and Praise on the Prairie in Beulah.

Her talents have also taken her to Nashville where she's performed at the famous Tootsie's and John A's at Opry Land Mills.

And she is the two-time international teenage performer and two-time international yodeling performer of the year as recognized by the Country Gospel Music Association. The awards are based on member selection.

Indeed, she's experienced quite a bit at such an early age. The summers are particularly busy for Quintana and her parents, Jonas and Debi, who travel with her to the different concerts and serve as Quintana's sound and production team.

Biffert cut her first CD at age 12 and her second, entitled "Dreams" came three years later and featured 12 songs. Last year, she made her third CD which featured gospel music.

Quintana sings country and county gospel and said making audiences happy is what motivates her.

She has opened for the Bellamy Brothers and the band "32 Below" as well as for Gwen Sebastian, another N.D. native.

Currently, she has two videos, "Broken Pieces from My Heart" and "Nothing Like A Good Rain." They can be viewed on her MySpace site.

She is looking forward to coming to Rugby to perform here for the first time.

The concert is in Ellery Park and in case of inclement weather, listen to KZZJ 1450 AM radio for information regarding an alternate location.

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