2012 CMA Fest: Fan Fair Hall with Mallary Hope, Miss Willie Brown and Lauren Briant
Hello Country Music fans!
Meets and Greets are a big part of what makes CMA Fest great. Country music artists are, in general, or at least in my very limited experience, very nice to meet. Despite the new lottery system, the old hopeful lines still exist – and given that that’s all that most people had access to, they were healthy and busy all throughout CMA Fest.
So who did we meet? Well, to start us off the very talented and beautiful Mallary Hope!
I want to make it clear I am not really a certified music critic, but Mallary’s voice is an absolute powerhouse. In my humble opinion, she surpasses almost everyone in the genre. I’d be tempted to say she’s only second to Martina McBride who I consider the top vocalist I’ve ever heard. You can find more about Mallary at MallaryHope.com.
I also had a chance to meet Miss Willie Brown. The duo comprised by Kasey Buckley from Plano, Texas and Amanda Watkins from Huntington, West Virginia were a joy to meet… eventually.
I’m going to make a bit of a clumsy apology because I actually skipped on meeting them the first time as I didn’t realize the line for Mallary Hope also gave me the chance to meet the duo. I had to do the line twice (Mallary was like whaaat?) just so I could talk to Kasey and Amanda.
The one on my only two winnings from the Fan Fair Hall lottery, was Lauren Briant. I’ll be honest and say it was my first time hearing about her. Lauren is from Dallas, TX. She has been signed to Average Joe’s Entertainment (Montgomery Gentry, Josh Gracin, Colt Ford).
She has played in Alabama, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and her home state of Texas. Her debut album Lauren Briant was released to iTunes in November 2011. Her latests single is Who I Am With You.
Coming up in the Calendar!
- June 15: Rocco’s Old School presents: Tequila Sunrise – A Tribute to the Eaglesat House of Blues Cleveland. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at 10am ET on LiveNation.com.
- July 22: The Teen Choice Awards 2012 air live (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Taylor Swift is nominated for Choice Female Artist, Choice Single by a Female Artist for Eyes Open, Choice Female Country Artist and Choice Country Song for Sparks Fly. You can vote here.