Whitney Duncan takes center stage tonight
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 9:11 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Rising country music star Whitney Duncan will grace the stage at the Obion County Fair tonight.
The 26-year-old was born in Scotts Hill, a town of about 900, near Jackson. Her father is a state environmentalist and her mother, a schoolteacher. It was her grandfather, though, who helped introduce her to music.
She began singing at the age of 6 and playing guitar at 19. She says her favorite singers are Elvis, John Mellencamp and Shania Twain and she wishes she could also play the drums.
Miss Duncan sang at school events and placed third in an all-age talent competition at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills. She’s worked at Euro Disney and at Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral and then as a young teenager began traveling to Nashville, where she was noticed by a label and landed a record deal.
She was even asked by country music Icon Kenny Rogers to sing with him the duet “My World Is Over,” which she wrote. She has also penned songs for such stars as LeAnn Rimes, Crystal Shawanda and Lee Ann Womack.
Miss Duncan’s debut CD entitled “Right Road Now” was released in April. She co-wrote every song on the album, including the hit “Skinny Dippin’.”
Her performance will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Fair Karaoke Idol winner Jeremy Lawson will open for Miss Duncan at 8.
The West Tennessee Idol Concert will be held on the Back Porch Stage at 6 tonight and the fair show “Glee” will be held in the Whitney Cozart Pavilion at 7 and 9.
Also at 6, the junior and open beef show will begin in the Hunter Miller Livestock Pavilion.
Senior citizens and children who have disabilities, who have made special arrangements with the fair office, will be admitted to the fairgrounds for free until 4 p.m.
Admission tonight awill be pay-one-price night for $10. The fee includes admission and unlimited rides.
Friday’s events include junior and open beef show in the Hunter Miller Memorial Livestock Pavilion and music on the Back Porch Stage at 6; “Glee” at 7 and 9 in the Whitney Cozart Pavilion and a truck and tractor pull at 8:30 p.m. at the Reelfoot Bank Stage.
Drawings will be held at 10 each night. Wednesday night, Mark McClain of Union City won $500 and Jeremy Nichols of Troy won the Pick Tennessee Basket. Tonight’s first drawing will be for $2,500.
Associate Editor Don-na Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 8.19.10