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Monday, March 12, 2012

Female Vocalist nominee - Courtney Reed

How many of us have at one point or another grabbed a hair brush or created a microphone from something and pretended to be a popular singer? Come on, you know you have! If you have music flowing through your veins at all, you wanted to be the next big recording star at some point in your life. Dreams are an important part of our growth. Whether we actually achieve our childhood dreams or create new ones as we grow older doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we DID DREAM!

Some of us, like Courtney Reed, went on to turn those dreams into reality. Over the years, while she worked to make her hearts desire a career, Courtney has been influenced by a wide variety of artists. Early on she was drawn to the sounds of Bonnie Raitt, the Judds and Patsy Cline as well as male vocalists like Willie Nelson and and Stevie Ray. She admits that as her style and voice has matured so has the well of inspiration to include Susan Tedeschi and Patty Griffin. The key element she hears within their sounds is the ability to connect with their audience and make a difference in someone’s life. If she can do that, than she is fulfilling her dream.

Her debut album, Somewhere Down This Road showcases some of her influences. From the soulful edge of Bonnie Raitt on the title track to something with a bit more Judds style on Stand Up and Face Love. Not only will you notice the nuances of those who’ve come before her but you’ll also hear Courtney Reed in her own passionate style. And it’s her passion that has brought her as a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Good Luck Courtney!

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