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Former Winger wins major vocal awards

Red Wing native Mikki Sodergren recently was named the 2014 winner of the American Traditions Competition held in Savannah, Ga.

Opera, jazz, theater and pop vocalist Mikki Sodergren recently won the 2014 American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia.

Originally from Red Wing, the now Manhattan-based singer/actress took home three prizes — the Courtney Knight Gaines Gold Medal, the Ben Tucker Award for best jazz performance and the Johnny Mercer Award.

The competition, in its 21st year, features three rounds spaced throughout one week. Each round consists of separate programs with three songs representing different genres of American music.

Sodergren’s winning program included “Home” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman from “Beauty and the Beast”; “I’m gonna sit right down (and write myself a letter)” by Fred Ahlert and Joe Young; and “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

“I am ecstatic about this competition and the opportunities afforded to me by it,” Sodergren said. “The judges were phenomenal and incredibly helpful, and all of the other contestants were stellar. I am very proud to be a representative for the American Traditions Competition and Savannah, Ga., by extension in the coming year.”

Sodergren was the silver medalist in 2013. For more information on the competition, visit or on Sodergren check out