Caroline Grace Wiseman
11-year-old Caroline Grace Wiseman is from Leon County Texas living her entire life on a working ranch. This is one real life cowgirl from her spurs and boots to her wild rag and hat.
Caroline Grace got her start singing at Leon County Cowboy Church with her parents; Cary and Dawn Wiseman. She continues to sing at her home church often providing the special music for Sunday morning worship.
Singing is a huge part of this A Honor Roll Student’s life. As a 6th Grader at Montgomery Middle School in Montgomery, Texas life “on the road” is an everyday thing as she travels over an hour to school each day.
This singing cowgirl was nominated for the Academy of Western Artists Young Artist of the year in 2016 and made her television debut on the January 2017 television series "Unbridled Song - Mikki Daniel" on RideTV.
Caroline Grace was honored to be featured on her friend; Jack Phillips first CD that was released in January 2017 singing "Roly Poly". You can see Caroline, Jack Phillips and Abby Payne as they preform Western Swing and Classic Western Music as the "Ol' Cowhands" Western Swing Band.
Caroline is proud to be a member of the Western Music Association, Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest and Fort Worth's Cowtown Opry.
Caroline is a seventh generation farming and ranching Texan who just happens to be part Cherokee Indian. This cowgirl not only sings but helps with cattle work and feeding cows. This young lady is honored to help preserve historic and classic western music.
Texas-bred artist, Kristyn Harris, is noted for her vocals, sock rhythm guitar style, songwriting, yodel, and captivating stage presence. She is the 2016 Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year and is the youngest in history to receive this honor. Her singing has been praised as "timeless” with “the warmth and power of Texas sunshine”.
The now 22 year old started playing and singing when she was 14, after falling love with the musical styles of Gene Autry and Bob Wills. She has pursued it ever since – drawing much of her inspiration from the vintage arrangements, captivating chord structures and uplifting melodies that cornerstone the western swing genre.
She is the 2016 Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year and is the youngest in history to receive this honor. She was also named the 2014 and 2015 WMA Female Performer of the Year, and her latest album, “Down the Trail”, was awarded WMA Album of the Year.
Kristyn is packaged with an energetic style that makes her love of what she does evident and contagious. Keeping a heavy and widespread tour schedule that spreads both nationally and internationally, she frequently performs as a solo act and with larger ensembles.
As one venue put it:
"This bundle of energy and talent is 'the rage' on stage from the east coast to the west and if you can stay seated when she finishes her performance you're prob'ly 'bout ready for the grave!!"
Texas native Entertainer, Fiddler, Singer and Composer, Hailey is comfortable in many genres including Celtic, Western Swing, Bluegrass & Jazz-oriented styles. To her credit, Hailey is the recipient of the 2016 AWA Young Artist of the Year, 2015 WMA Crescendo Rising Star & Youth Harmony awards with Kristyn Harris and Leah Sawyer. As recipient of the SCMA Scholarship, Hailey attended The Leahy Band workshop with Natalie MacMaster. Being a former Championship Irish Step Dancer, Hailey successfully competed in Irish Dance & Fiddle competitions, frequently placing 1st. For 6 years, Hailey has been a member of the Times Session Players and continues to serve the Lord playing at Cowboy Church since she was 9. In addition to being guest artist with multiple ensembles, Hailey is currently part of Ain't Misbehavin' Swing Band, The Herrins, and Óga. Debuting their first album (Óga-Hailey with Joseph Carmichael) released Fingerprints with outstanding reviews from multiple publications such as international radio show Live Ireland, Western Way and Ceili. Hailey has the privilege of performing on stage with notable artists Leon Rausch, Tommy Allsup, Byron Berline, Bobby Flores, Dave Alexander, Dick Gimble, Liz Carroll and had the honor of opening for Michael Martin Murphey, Billy Dean and Crystal Gale. Hailey's smooth tonality, exciting improvisation and natural stage presence make for an exciting performer whose highly sought after.
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Mikki Daniel’s young resume includes singing, playing multiple instruments, songwriting, horse training and writing historical fiction novels. Living her whole life on a small ranch as a real cowgirl, she discovered her true calling of playing, writing and singing Western music when she, at 5, fell in love with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry movies – she even owns (and trained) a golden palomino named Trigger. Mikki was mentored into the fascinating world of American cowboy-style music, yodeling and western swing (the official music of Texas!) first by those movie icons and then by contemporary music greats such as Dave Alexander, Joey McKenzie, Janet McBride, Devon Dawson, Bobby Flores, Rich O’Brian, Dick Gimble, and Mark Gheen. Mikki began delighting audiences at festivals and events across the country with her unique style which now crosses genres from swing, western, western swing, big band, gospel, classic country and more. She has performed on national TV for RIDE TV’s “Unbridled Song” (featuring Mikki) and “Ride on the Road”; RFD-TV’s “The Penney Gilley Show” and “Horse Country Tours”; and has been proud to represent Western music at such events as the Professional Racing Industry Trade Show Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Mikki is most honored to count among her accomplishments the prestigious New Horizons Wrangler Award for her debut CD, "Gotta Be A Cowgirl" (which contains 9 songs that Mikki wrote); she made history by being the youngest person to ever win a Western Heritage Wrangler Award. Her second CD, “Cowgirl Swing,” has been awarded Western Swing Album of the Year by the Western Music Association and the Rural Roots Commission. She has been awarded the WMA 2016 Female Performer of the Year, the WMA Crescendo Award, the WMA Marilyn Tuttle "Best of the Best" Harmony Award, the WMA Janet McBride "Best of the Best" Yodeling Award, and received nominations from the WMA for Song of the Year for “She Could Ride” and Western Swing Album of the Year for “Gotta Be a Cowgirl.” She has also received the AWA Yodeler of the Year Award as well as AWA nominations for Western Swing Female, Western Female, Western Swing Album, Western Album and Western Song (for “Johnny Harness the Team”). Ameripolitan Awards also nominated her for Western Swing Female. She published her first historical fiction novel, Girls and Gunsmoke, in 2014, for which she also has received awards. She performs most often as a solo artist but also with her band, Texas Wildfire, (3, 4 or 5 piece) which she formed in 2014. You can't help but love the personality, charm and engaging performance of this dynamic, young entertainer!
”There are some unbelievable folks out there that are keeping this music alive; the main one is Mikki Daniel. She’s an extremely talented young lady with a lot of pizzazz and a tremendous amount of confidence in what she is doing.” ~ Red Steagall
“Mikki Daniel has the ability to interpret her own tunes as well as those of others, her incredible songwriting is really authentic. She represents a great hope of the future of western music. At 17, I’d say that’s a pretty exciting statement!” ~ Michael Martin Murphey
“Mikki Daniel is the whole package, she is really fabulous!” ~ Jack Hanna, Sons of the San Joaquin
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Leddy Bragg:Dreams Don’t Become A Reality Through Magic, It Takes Sweat, Determination And Hard Work.
This is my life as a 13 year old today and dreams of tomorrow I love to sing, ride competition horses and dance.
I wish every girl was as lucky as I have been to have such a wonderful Family, Mentors and Friends. Who also love Western Swing Music and Traditional Country Music.
I started this journey: September 20, 2013
Singing “I’ll Fly Away” at the Cowboy Church Gatherin’ in Graham, Texas, with the greatest bunch of guys. (Larry Lange and The Lone Star Troubadours.)
The WSMSS has awarded me scholarships to work and train with the Best of the Best:
Bobby Flores - “Bulverde Summer Music Camp” Eastland, Texas @ Lake Leon
Dave Alexander - “Big Texas Swing School” Gainesville, Texas
Mark Gheen – Pianist
Jayne Brannon Lybrand – Vocal and Stage Presence Coach
Leddy Bragg & Somethin’ To Bragg About Band * Austin, Texas
Billy Dee–Bass-Howard Kalish–Fiddler Billy Curtis–Fiddler-Johnny Mac–Drums-Nathan Fleming–Steel Guitar
2015 - Academy of Western Artist - Will Rogers 20th Annual Awards @ TCU in Ft. Worth
2015 Young Artist Award - Female: 2015 Singer of the Year 2015 - CD of the Year 2015
Songs (2) of 2015 - My Window Faces The South - Sugar Moon
I’m a member of the Western Swing Music Society of Southwest – Cowtown Society of Western Music
2016 Rising Star of the Year – Cowtown Society of Western Music - Fort Worth, Texas
2016 (3) AWA 2016 Female Singer – Song of the Year “South of the Border” – Young Artist of The Year
In 2015 I cut my first CD@12 yrs.old-LEDDY BRAGG-“Somethin’ To Bragg About” produced by Dave Alexander.
My loving gratitude to my parents Rowdy and Ashleigh Bragg, and to my grandparents Wade and Kim Bragg, because without their loving support and dedication this would not have been possible.
A special thanks to my MiMi we have had some great times traveling to and from performances, music training, schooling and churches. As she always tells me you have to trust in your faith then put 110% in to everything you do and to make good choices in life to succeed.
SOON TO BE RELEASED in 2017 (2nd) Leddy Bragg CD by Heart Of Texas Recording Studio – Brady Texas
Leddy Taylor Bragg
My Cd’s can be Purchased at Chief’s Records in the Ft. Worth Stockyards.
If you haven’t heard of Fiddlin’ Jack Phillips, you will. The 11 year old fiddle-playing dynamo is making a name for himself in the local opry and swing music circuit, and if he continues at his current pace, he’ll have no problem performing on either of the two venues he’s got his eye on — Billy Bob’s Texas and Cowboys Stadium.
In fact, the Sulphur Bluff sixth grader already stays pretty booked on weekends, lending his nimble fingers and bow at area festivals and opries, to a few charitable benefits and has even landed a regular spot in the Cowtown Opry Saddle Pals and Buckaroos band.
It’s not a far reach to see the youth’s confidence, natural ear and affinity for music could take him a long way. He’s already delighting to receive monetary tips, but his parents make sure he’s grounded in solid values. He has to tithe, giving 10 percent of any tips he might receive to the church to ensure the Lord gets His share. Then the remaining 90 percent he splits, with half going to savings; the rest, the remaining 45 percent of his tip, he gets to spend.
Jack’s first CD will be released in early January 2017. Producer Bobby Flores says this is a collection of classic old tunes that Jack helped to arrange and delivery his own touch…one you will want to add to your collection!
Abby Payne is 14 years old and lives in Prosper, Texas. She was born with a birth defect that does not allow her to hear out of her right ear, nonetheless that does not prevent Abby from pursuing her dream of becoming a talented and educated musician.
Abby has performed at various venues across the Lone Star state including the State Fair of Texas, The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, The National Cowgirl Museum, Twin Sisters Dance Hall and many more! The true blessing is the mentorship Abby has received to cultivate the talent within.
Her priority is maintaining her academic excellence, while performing Western Swing music with the Ol’ Cowhands at every opportunity. In her spare time, Abby can be found at home playing with her dogs, attending church youth activities, and spending quality time with her family.
When she was 5 years old, Brook decided to play the fiddle. She took fiddle lessons from Valerie Ryals and Jimmie Don Bates in Burleson and won many fiddle competitions, both local and out of state. By the time she turned 9 years old, she had accrued the Junior (18 and under) titles of State, National, and World Champion. "I first learned to improvise through the Cowtown Opry, a nonprofit organization in the Fort Worth Stockyards dedicated to preserving western heritage and old time swing music by teaching kids and adults alike to play and sing. Devon Dawson and Janet McBride were two of the ladies there who had an immense impact on my music future." It was partly through this organization that Brook first met Bill Davis and started playing his renowned Stradivarius. In 2009, she earned the title of "Rising Star of the Year" through the Cowtown Society of Western Music. Brook has nine younger siblings who also play, so the family band provided another branch of musical variety. As time passed, Brook traded the fiddle competitions for a jazzier route, adopting legends like Stephane Grappelli and Svend Asmussen as her inspirations. She is the lead Fiddlist for several notable groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including the Texas Gypsies (early 20's style jazz), Miss Devon and the Outlaw (Western Swing), the Uptown Drifters (Country Swing), and her sibling band Green Light Pistol (Folk/Alternative/Texicana). She also plays as a contract fiddle player for studio sessions and various solo acts, such as local -legend- Josh Weathers. Mandolin, cello, and vocals are additional aspects of her repertoire. Brook teaches private lessons out of her home in Burleson.
Max Cook was born February 10, 2004. He has been playing with a fiddle since he was 3 ½ years old. He got his first fiddle at the age of 4 and started taking lessons after completing Kindergarten.
Now, at 13 years old he is becoming a familiar face around San Angelo, Snyder, Texas, Bandera Texas and even Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Max has been on stage with various known musicians such as: Bobby Flores & the Yellow Rose Band, Jake Hooker &the Outsiders, Jody Nix & the Texas Cowboys and amazing fiddlers from Texas at the Belton Texas Western Swing Fiddling Showcase.
With a giving spirit he has volunteered many hours to Assisted Living Facilities around San Angelo. He is also a regular at the monthly jam session at the Rio Concho Manor; playing with young and old. Max has played for birthday parties, school reunions and “the Wedding March” for several weddings.
He also shares his music for fundraisers in town such as: Meals for the Elderly- 2013 to present, The Pregnancy Help Center 2015 to present and a local nonprofit organization called “Stillwater” that promotes family and community while honoring Jesus.
Other accomplishments include: playing at the Miles Cotton Festival-2009, and a benefit to promote the Dublin Rodeo in July, 2016.
He won the Youth Division Fiddle Championship in 2013, in Turkey Texas. He placed 2nd in 2015 and regained Youth Division Fiddle Champion title once again in 2016.
Fiddle music is part of this “old soul.” Who knows what the future holds for this talented young man…Max Cook.