"Knoxville needs more music talent shows, scouts, producers, music video makers, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, record executives, independent labels, record companies—big, small. If they'd come to Knoxville to throw talent shows the locals don't always have to travel to Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, New York, California, or Canada, or any city, town, county, foreign country that's known for discovering talent. Not just for music but for actors and performers of any age, color, ethnicity. Knoxville people are just as stupendous as people in those other places. How come so many folks from here have to get a deal, get signed, get noticed outside of the city?"
—Myles R. Walker, author, actor, advocate for Tourette Syndrome awareness