I’m Female Vocalist of the Year 2013!

WOW! I am so shocked at winning Female Vocalist of the Year 2013 at the Texas Music Awards this past weekend! This was my third time to be nominated and my first time to win the award. I have to say, though, I didn’t prepare an acceptance speech. All of the ladies that were nominated were so great, I didn’t think I had a chance.

The Texas Music Awards took place this past weekend in Linden, Texas. It’s just North of Jefferson, TX. Don’t know where that is? It’s an hour south of Texarkana… quite a drive from San Antonio, but you gotta love a road trip! My Chris and I drove up and stayed in one of Jefferson’s most adorable Bed and Breakfasts in Jefferson (“The Rock Cottages”… we stayed in the Texas Suite). It was a cold and rainy weekend which I wasn’t expecting since San Antonio has been hotter than a frying pan the past few weeks! I didn’t even bring my boots!

As we waited for my award to be called, I played at the brand new Linden City Park (it’s so new that when I went into the grocery store to ask for directions, they were baffled that there WAS a new city park!) I played at the brand new amphitheater pavilion to a crowd of Brian Kalinec, a great songwriter who played before me (we were his audience before I started), and David, our sound engineer. It was a great show that most people didn’t catch πŸ˜‰

When my award was announced, I got that little feeling in the pit of your stomach where you either cry or you barf. Luckily I just cried a little bit as I thanked my husband, Chris, for making me get out of bed and write the songs for “Songs In A Suitcase” and for not making me get out of my pajamas to do so. I also thanked my momma πŸ™‚ She told me back in January that I should try for the nomination. No one else will do it for you.

This is one of my favorite things I’ve done as an artist: taking a project like “Songs In A Suitcase” by the reins and pushing it to become a reality. Getting to choose everything on the album from my musicians and the songs, to the artwork and the engineers and producers working on it. It’s really a part of me. A great snapshot from 2012 Ashlee Rose turning her into the 2013 Ashlee Rose πŸ™‚

I do have to thank Bradley Kopp from Austin, Texas as well. I brought him into the studio to produce my vocals. I could handle getting good guitar sounds and getting the most out of the beautiful violin on the record, but when it came to my vocals I was clueless about how to go about getting my best performance. Bradley did that. He pushed me to give props to the songwriters whose songs I covered on the album and to take liberties and get creative on the songs that I wrote. He gave me the confidence to sing in the “red dress” voice you hear when you listen to “Songs In A Suitcase”. He was the difference between new Ashlee Rose music and new Ashlee Rose artwork. Thank you, Bradley.

I’d also love to thank Lucky and Jinelle Boyd. They have always been like family to me and are two of my biggest fans. They run mytexasmusic.com and head the Academy of Texas Music AND put on the Texas Music Awards. They work themselves to the bone for all of us musicians. They’ve always believed in me and when I thanked them for the award they told me “we didn’t do this: you did.” And while I was the one who made the record, they are the ones who are helping getting recognition to all of the artists who are working so hard to get heard. Thank you again, Lucky and Jinelle.

Thank you to everyone who helped me get nominated for this award and to those who voted and shared with their friends and made their friends vote too πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t be able to do this all alone and I can’t believe the love πŸ™‚

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