Howdy. I'm Anna.
I caught the bug when I was four. I’d just sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus at my preschool’s Christmas program and, as my parents tell it, that was it. In that moment I knew what I was meant to do. I've been marching to the beat of my own fiddle ever since.
Most normal kids play sports, but I'm not normal and I can't kick a soccer ball to save my life. As Barbara Mandrell said, "I was country when country wasn't cool", and that was so true for me. I really did listen to the Opry when all of my friends were digging rock 'n roll and the Disney Channel (PS I love you Lizzie McGuire). I'd wear my cowboy boots to school while the other kids wore Sperry's. I've always been a little different, but I've always been proud of that.
Country music is and always has been my lifeline. My life would be so different if I hadn't grown up with Patsy Cline and Shania Twain as my childhood soundtrack. Thankfully, my parents recognized that my love for music far exceeded just listening to it. I started performing at fairs and festivals all around Northeastern Oklahoma when I was seven years old and I haven't stopped since.
When I was seven years old, I won "Entertainer of the Year" at the NACMAI (North America Country Music Association International) Awards in Pigeon Forge, TN. In 2013, I performed at Loretta Lynn's Ranch for the Conway Twitty Tribute Weekend, and have appeared several times on the nationally televised Shotgun Red Variety Show. In 2016, I did a vocal workshop with THE Alison Krauss in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Like are you kidding me?? Talk about #blessed.
I don't take these opportunities for granted, and I realize how lucky and blessed I am to be able to pursue my dream with the full support of my family. They are my biggest cheerleaders and I wouldn't be half the person I am without them.
God Bless. Anna.