Jewels Hanson. One of my "adopted"
daughters who just went to the National Finals for the Jimmy Dean Country
Western Music Competition. She ended up 1 out of 6 from around the country
to make it to the finals. I went back to Nashville, Tennessee for
my Birthday and as a surprise to my Special Aunt Barbara for her Birthday
present. The competition was on Dec. 2 on my birthday and she did a tremendous
job as I would have expected. She might not have won the $50,000 but she
won my heart, as usual, and the heart of many in the audience. Tanya Tucker
and Billy Rae Cyrus seemed to enjoy her as well. She will really
go far!! I have no doubt! Besides I love her and I'm a number one fan.
Even though I'm not a country music lover, I'm a Jewels lover!!
Here are pictures of Jewels
at the Marriot hotel in Nashville the evening after the competition.
She sang there too. Aunt
Barbara and I enjoyed the entire after celebration and Jewels singing.
Thrill Of Sharing In A Dream!
the very first day that I met her, Jewels Hanson, has had a desire to follow
her dream and become "known," and famous. She has always had an unwavering
determination to follow that dream and has never given up. She has
performed on television, is currently setting a new record for singing
the National Anthem more times than anyone else while performing in large
stadiums, and she has been in many stage productions as well.
Birthday I treated myself, and my Aunt Barbara, who LOVES country music,
to a trip to Nashville, Tennessee and the Grand Ole Opry, to hear Jewels
compete for the National Country Music Showdown Competition. She
was one of 5 individuals and a band of 5 who had already won across this
great Nation, the ability to be here in the presence of the best of the
best, to perform with Billy Rae Cyrus and Tanya Tucker. The winner
would receive $50,000.
was high, the talent was tremendous, and the competition was stiff!
A very talented young gentleman took the prize money but my Jewels stole
the hearts of myself, my Aunt, and many others there! Jewels did
one incredible job performing, inspite of the fact that they wouldn't let
her move out of a small little space on stage. She normally is so energetic
on stage that she moves all over the stage as well as down the isles, if
allowed. So that hampered her normal act and energy but it was still
a great performance. You will be able to watch it yourself, sometime
in March of 1999. Just watch the newspapers, or the TV Guide, for
the time and station of the "Jimmy Dean Country Music Showdown Competition."
Listen and let me know what you think! And remember, whether you enjoy
country music or not, whether you are into Performing Arts or not,
follow your own dream, giving it all you've got, and never never give up!
God Bless as you travel along your road to your best!