Magnolia native Shannin Watkins, who performs as Shinging Rae, wowed the judges and crowd last night with her mix of singer/songwriter chops and pure pop ear candy. Judge Clay Fitzpatrick noted her strong singing and onstage confidence. “She seemed happy and at home on stage. She sang to me and I blushed,” he noted.

Guest judge Mary Chamberlin “loved her polite demand for honesty and respect in/from relationships in her songs. Nice break from less empowered pop/R&B songs.”

Footage courtesy of Times photographer Brian Chilson:

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After the jump, you can check out some of Brian’s photos of Shining Rae.