During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s Suzy Bogguss sold 4 million records with sparkling radio hits like Outbound Plane, Someday Soon, Letting Go and Drive South. But you can’t peg Suzy that easily. In the midst of her country popularity she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003 she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at number 4 on the jazz charts. Her folk music roots show through in her frequent appearances on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, in the Grammy she earned for her work on "Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster", and in her critically acclaimed album and book project from 2011, "American Folk Songbook". Her latest effort is "Lucky” a collection songs written by Merle Haggard and interpreted through Suzy’s crystal vocals from the female point of view. So yes, you can call her a country singer if you want, but really that’s just the beginning.
Leroy Van Dyke is known around the world as an entertainer, recording artist, radio and television star, actor, auctioneer and veteran of the Nevada circuit. He has recorded over 500 songs and probably holds the record for the most repeat-performance bookings of any working, name country music entertainer. Leroys' songs include:
"Walk On By"
"If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone)"
Steve and Rudy Gatlin were raised on gospel music in a musically talented family with their mother playing the piano and their father playing the guitar. Rudy was just 2 1/2 and Steve just 4 when they started singing in church and won a talent show in Abilene with big brother Larry. Musical careers continued for both Steve and Rudy while mixed with school, sports and church. College separated them except for holidays and summer appearances until they converged on Nashville. Steve and Rudy Gatlin's songs include:
"She Used To Be Somebody's Baby"
"Love Is Just A Game"
Janie Fricke went from Indiana farm girl to internationally acclaimed recording artist throughout her career. Fricke's individual sound and performance personality has captivated audiences around the world. Her songs include:
The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them a Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album – plus one double platinum single- and had more than a dozen national Number One Singles and over 20 Top Ten hits!
Billy Dean, whose insightful songwriting, clear and distinctive voice, and masterful instrumental gifts have earned him accolades from many awards academies and countless devoted fans.
A native of Quincy, Florida, Billy was raised appreciating the value of music and has a diverse array of musical influences. After attending college on a basketball scholarship, Billy moved to Nashville in 1983 and by 1990 had recorded his first Top 5 Hit "Only Here For A Little While".
Since then, Billy has transcended genres with his unique repertoire earning numerous awards, including: The Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year "Somewhere In My Broken Heart", ACM New Male Vocalist of The Year, BMI Pop Awards, BMI Song Awards, BMI Million Air Plays Award, Country Music Television Rising Star Award, NSAI Song of The Year, and a Grammy for a Country Tribute "Amazing Grace".