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Monday February 28, 2011

From ENCToday

Achieving stardom includes hard work, dedication, courage
By: Charlie Hall

Singing talent doesn’t guarantee stardom. Mix in hard work, dedication and even the courage to simply go for your dream.

That’s the case with Grammy-winning singer Kathy Mattea, who brings her show to New Bern Friday night as a fundraiser for the New Bern Historical Society.

She was a sophomore at West Virginia University and playing in a band in 1978 when she came to a crossroads in her life.

One of the band members, a song-writer, decided to move to Nashville. He invited her to join him pursuing the musical dream.

“I had this sinking feeling in my belly because I knew at that moment that for the rest of my life I could not pretend I had not had the opportunity,” she recalled during a recent telephone interview. “After thinking about it for awhile, I just closed my eyes one day and called my parents said ‘I’m going to do it. I’m going to go to Nashville and be a songwriter and see what I can do.’”

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