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2003-07-25 life & times
Rebecca Lynn Howard to appear at MAC

Rebecca Lynn Howard has a new album that is set to be released in October. (click for larger version)
Kentucky State Tourism & The Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg will present Rebecca Lynn Howard in concert Friday, Aug. 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Center with Kentucky Opry opening the show.

Tickets are now on sale and are $20/$18/ and $15. Call 1-888-MAC-ARTS for tickets or more information.

Listen for the brand new single ''What A Shame'' on your local radio station, the first from Rebecca's new album due in October.

"I've really tried to create my own sound," Rebecca Lynn Howard says of her debut album. "This record is really diverse. There are songs stretching from modern day contemporary all the way back to real traditional country. There are a lot of different sides to me and when people hear my music, I think they'll come to know me."

In her music and in her life, Rebecca's confidence shines through. The 20-year-old Kentucky native has plenty to be confident about. She's not only a gutsy, powerhouse singer, but—unlike most young artists—gold and platinum stars like Reba McEntire, John Michael Montgomery, Patty Loveless and Lila McCann have already recorded Rebecca's songs.

"I'm real proud of that," Rebecca admits. "I didn't just come out of high school and land a record deal. I'm a songwriter and I've been working in this business since I was 10 years old. I've worked really hard over the past decade."

"I've always known this is what I wanted to do," Rebecca says. "I finally talked my mom into bringing me to Nashville when I was 10."

Rebecca recorded a demo that eventually helped secure a recording contract with Rising Tide Records. She recorded "Softly And Tenderly" for The Apostle soundtrack, which won a Grammy. Rebecca was snapped up by MCA Nashville when Rising Tide closed its doors in '98.

"I've been through a lot in the past couple of years," Rebecca admits. "But I've got a lot of discipline. My manager and I used to run eight, 10, and as much as 12 miles a day for about six to eight months. I'm sure that kind of physical challenge helped me develop the proper mental endurance to handle the various hardships that arise in this business."

Those hardships are finally paying off and Rebecca couldn't be more excited about her new record. "Musically, the songs I write are so different. I don't think you can peg my music to any other artist. I'd say it's kind of rock 'n' roll meets bluegrass meets country. Growing up I listened to Reba, Patty Loveless, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey—all the big power singers," Rebecca says. "I think you can hear a lot of their influence in my music."

"I Don't Paint Myself Into Corners" is a stand-out track that seems to be getting a lot of attention. Rebecca received a standing ovation after singing this powerful ballad at Fan Fair '99, even though the crowd was not yet familiar with the new artist. Rebecca remembers, "I was so surprised when everyone stood up in their seats! They were screaming and whistling and clapping... I didn't expect such a large reaction from a crowd that didn't even know who I was. I couldn't stop smiling!"

It takes persistence and determination for anyone to make it in the world of music, but Rebecca Lynn Howard isn't worried. "The most important thing is that I keep my priorities in order and remain true to myself," she says. "The rest will take care of itself."

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