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Top new female artist nominee takes the spotlight for Govs Club fundraiser

July 8, 2003

Shes soft-spoken, and when she speaks, her eastern Kentucky dialect is detectable. Shes petite, but when she sings, her voice is as big as Texas.

So is her heart. When asked for help, MCA recording artist Rebecca Lynn Howard decided she wanted to support Austin Peayspecifically the APSU athletics programby donating what shes richest inher amazing vocal talent.
July 8, 2003

She's soft-spoken, and when she speaks, her eastern Kentucky dialect is detectable. She's petite, but when she sings, her voice is as big as Texas.

So is her heart. When asked for help, MCA recording artist Rebecca Lynn Howard decided she wanted to support Austin Peayspecifically the APSU athletics programby donating what she's richest inher amazing vocal talent.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, the APSU Governors Club is hosting “An Unforgettable Evening with Rebecca Lynn Howard” in the music/mass communication building. Guests are invited to enjoy hors d'oeuvres at 5:45 p.m., followed by an auction at 6:45 p.m.

The evening will reach a crescendo at 7:30 p.m., when Howard takes the stage to present a concert in the building's concert theatre, which is acoustically designed so there is no “bad seat” in the house. Every patron will be able to hear the pure vocal sounds that give Howard true star-quality.

Born and raised in Salyersville, Ky.near the childhood homes of two other country-music stars, Patty Loveless and Loretta LynnHoward began playing piano at six, guitar at 10 and fiddle at 14. She wrote her first song when she was seven and at 18, signed her first record deal.

In 2000, Howard's first album was released on MCA Nashville, home to Reba McEntire, George Strait, Vince Gill and Trisha Yearwood.

Not only is Howard a talented vocalist, she is also an accomplished songwriter. Many artists, including Yearwood, have recorded songs she's written, and one of her songs was recorded for the film “The Apostle,” starring Robert Duvall.

At the May 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards, Howard was a nominee for Top New Female Artist, and her writing talent was recognized for the smash hit “Forgive,” which was nominated for Song of the Year.

“Forgive” also was nominated for Best Female Video of the Year at the 2003 CMT (Country Music Television) Flameworthy Awards, based on the votes of fans.

At a June 24 Govs Club picnic and fundraiser kick-off, Howard told a reporter from The Leaf-Chronicle, “I'm excited to be a part of this University tradition.

“All of you here have made a difference for student-athletes, coaches and teams. We'll have fun in August, and let's fill the theatre because the athletes deserve it.”

Previous performers since the concert series began in 1997 include Louise Mandrell (who has performed three concerts), Lee Greenwood, Kenny Chesney and Deana Carter.

All proceeds from the Aug. 2 concert and auction will go to support APSU athletics. To make this possible, the evening is sponsored by ABC Auto Auction, Charter Communications, Chuck's Furniture Depot, Family Net-WCKV-TV 49, 5-Star Radio Group, Governors Club, The Leaf-Chronicle, Legends Bank, Mathews Nissan, WJZM 1400 AM and WKAG-TV 43.

Those who purchased a book of tickets for their employees are the Bank of America, Beach Oil/Direct Furniture, First Federal Savings Bank, Union Planters Bank and USBank.

Tickets are $100 per person, a portion of which is tax-deductible. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. For more information or to purchase tickets, telephone 7127.