Monday, March 4, 2013


Because I got a slow start to spotlight nominees this year, I’m doing things a bit different. Keep in mind, this is the first year I have taken time to focus on ALL the nominees, not just specific categories. How I present them does not make these talented performers any less important than another. It’s just how I have to do things this year. Every year I work out a few more kinks. With that in mind, let’s focus on our next category –

In this category, nominees ‘should show remarkable promise for future endeavors’.
There are also certain criteria guidelines that must be met. They will have released material during the qualifying period, have both a public as well as an on-line presence, listener approval aka a fan base, be involved in their career with a potential for a high level of future notoriety and career advancement. In other words – someone the Academy sees as an active, vital part of the Texas music community.

So today and tomorrow (Tuesday) I will introduce you to five Rising Star nominees. Please take the time to visit their websites, check out their music page on My Texas Music and if you have the opportunity, go see them live. Show them some LOVE!

Singing since the age of thirteen, Crissy says she is happy to be sing any chance she has the opportunity to share her music. Her CD, On My Way, showcases her young, toe-tapping voice with a bit of sass.


From the moment you hear any track on his debut album, What Are We Waitin’ On? you will be askin’ yourself the same question. Eric brings everything to the table. Whether you like Western swing, honky tonk or a little bayou flavor, Eric serves it up.


I’ve mentioned Parker Heights before, when I introduced you to Jessie Samford. For the record, I’ll be talking about them again before these spotlights are finished. Parker Heights are the Donny & Marie of Texas music (except there’s a few more players) They are a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.. and a whole lot of soul. Their self-titled debut EP provides a small sampling of what we can expect from this talented group.

Good Luck and Country Blessings!

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