I was born on June 21, 1972, in Mobile, Alabama. I was raised around there, too. I grew up in a musical family and started singing (harmony) when I was about 3, Iím told. I went to college at the University of South Alabama, and graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations in June of 1993. On the day I took my last exam, I moved to Nashville ó they mailed me my diploma.
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Working as a background singer, I got hired a dozen or so times to sing demos for songwriters. In the process, I met a guy named Doyle "Butch" Primm who became my collaborator, co-writer, co-producer, and husband. We worked on music together, wrote some songs we liked, and, to make a long story short, I signed a deal with Tony Brown at MCA Records in August of 1997.
My first introduction to the public was with a song called "A Soft Place to Fall," which appeared in the Oscar-nominated film, The Horse Whisperer. The song, which I co-wrote with Gwil Owen, was chosen for the film by its star and director, Robert Redford. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in 1999. I got to sing it on the Oscar telecast that year, and tried not to think about the one billion people watching.
My first album, ALABAMA SONG, was released in 1998. My second album for MCA, THE HARDEST PART, was released in 2000. My new album, on the Universal South label, is titled MISS FORTUNE. R.S. Field produced it and Doyle Primm co-produced it. All sorts of people, from my road band to studio musicians to fictional characters, played on it. Musically, it captures me where I was musically last summer.
MISS FORTUNE was born in a place where hit singles, formats, and abdominizers donít matter. Making it was easy, hard, fun, a pain in the butt, and altogether one of the best times of my life. It introduced me to a new way of making records, and Iím never looking back.
When you listen to MISS FORTUNE, listen to it just for the music. And do me a favor ó donít worry about what bin itís gonna go in at the record store
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