Growing up in Nashville, surrounded by my incredibly talented family and friends, my life goals were all about just that,...family and friends, and with no regrets, mind you. It wasn't until this last year that I decided to ramp up my creative side of my brain and enjoy my music and writing again. I can remember singing at a very early age, and I guess I'll never stop. So, ...here we go!
I currently live just outside of Atlanta, yes big city. Lots to do, lots to see and plenty of inspiration. But for this first CD, which will be released on August 24th, I returned home to Nashville and enjoyed collaborating with the help of my incredibly talented son Matt (Mercer) who produced, engineered, mixed and mastered all of the songs you'll hear which I titled the CD "Welcome Home".
A backstage OPRY kid, (Wilma Lee Cooper, Grandpa Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens, Roy Acuff, Roy Clark, Buck Owens, Jerry Clower, String Bean, and more old timers....) My mother, Carole Dove was involved in every aspect of the music business in Nashville since I was born. (Tree Publishing, Tree International Publishing, ASCAP, BMI, Roger Miller, Farron Young, Randy Travis, Dr. Hook and more) Mostly behind the scenes, handling the accounting/comptroller side of things. Having said that, she FORBID me to become part of the MADNESS she experienced in the early days when country was, well...she said..."political". (Now a days, we now what that can mean) Boy how things change,.....or not.
Now that Mom, "Mama Dove" as they call her on the "Row" just celebrated her 80th birthday, photos of her with her "kids" (Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, Ray Sawyer, Randy Travis,Dolly Parton, and more) have surfaced all over FaceBook and social media. How neat is that? And finally, her daughter, (that's me) gets a chance to shine for a moment doing what she made me promise to hold off doing,.... (writing, singing, producing) until her grandchildren were grown. Now that they are, .... here I am.
Thanks Mom! (My son Matt Mercer is currently on tour with Dave McElroy) Yep, gonna plug his tour too! LOL Why not?
My beautiful daughter Amanda Jackson is currently married to the best looking man in America, and the proud Mom to a beautiful chocolate lab, Chipper! (as in Jones, go BRAVES!)
And thank YOU,.... TJ Cates and Jill Santibanez from Nashville Entertainment Weekly for allowing me to take a moment to share my story with everyone. You guys make what we do so very special!
See you both very soon!
Thanks so much for listening, downloading and sharing what you like.( I'm also on CD Baby, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, Google Play, Rhapsody and 29 other retailers!) And thank you all so much for your support, encouragement, love and friendship.
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