2012 marked the Golden Anniversary of one of our greatest living country vocalists. In 1962, Gene Watson began his professional career by recording his first single. Performances such as “Fourteen Carat Mind,” “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party,” “Memories to Burn,” “Got No Reason Now for Going Home,” “Speak Softly,” “Paper Rosie” and “Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget” have forged Gene Watson’s reputation as a “Singer’s Singer.” He is the envy of his peers and the idol of such younger performers as Joe Nichols, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and Randy Travis. Gene says, “Every time I step out on that stage and see that audience, it’s a new beginning. Even though I’ve sung these songs millions of times, I look at each one like it’s brand new to me. Every night, I try to deliver that song the best that I can. Being called a ‘Singer’s Singer’ humbles me. It’s flattering, but what I do is just what I do. The Good Lord just gave me the voice.”
Jeannie Seely has been a member of The Grand Ole Opry for more than forty-five years. Among many achievements, she can claim Number 1 country songs as a solo artist, duet partner and songwriter. Her recording of "Don't Touch Me" not only hit the top of the charts, but also earned her the 1966 Grammy Award for the Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female. With fellow Opry member Jack Greene, Jeannie scored another Number 1 hit in 1969 with "Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You". That song launched one of the most popular duos and road shows in country music for over a decade. Her deeply moving vocals solidified her reputation as a country torch singer and earned her the nickname of "Miss Country Soul", a title still frequently used today.
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