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article imageAmanda Smith talks IBMA 'Female Vocalist' win and bluegrass music Special

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 5, 2014 in Music
Singer Amanda Smith chatted about her recent win for International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) "Female Vocalist of the Year."
On winning this prestigious award, she remarked, "It feels amazing. I am so excited, and I am still trying to let it sink in and believe it all. I was just so thrilled to get nominated again, and I guess I wasn't expecting to hear my name."
Her husband, Kenny, was nominated again for the IBMA award for "Guitar Player of the Year," which was just as exciting for the couple.
Amanda had nothing but kind words for her fellow nominees, including five-time 'Female Vocalist' winner Dale Ann Bradley. "Dale Ann is a sweetheart. I love her. She's my favorite. She is such a great person. I love her," Amanda said.
Regarding her plans for the future, Amanda shared, "We have been collecting material for a new album, so hopefully, we will be in the studio recording this winter. We will continue touring and then we are having a baby in April. We have plenty going on."
She is drawn to the bluegrass genre due to its dedicated fans, many of which have become friends of Kenny and Amanda. "They start as fans, and then they become our friends, and some of them are best friends over the last 20 years that we have been around them. They are like our second family, and we can always count on them. I don't think you get that with every genre," she said.
The bluegrass couple has opened for such esteemed musical acts as Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Montgomery Gentry, country superstar Loretta Lynn and the late country king George Jones, which she dubbed as "amazing" experiences. "Those memories can never be taken away us from us. Those moments were really special," she said.
Amanda noted that her greatest motivation is her husband, Kenny, who is equally as passionate about their craft as she is. "It's a good balance," she explained.
She listed multi-Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs and Marty Raybon (from Shenandoah) as her two dream male duet choices. "I have always been a fan of Marty's singing. I think he is incredible and I would love to do a duet with him someday. Ricky Skaggs would be awesome too. We are so fortunate in our business so many great male artists," she said.
Most impressive about Amanda is that she never grew up with vocal lessons. "I always loved to sing, and my dad told me yesterday that 'I was singing since I was 18 months old.' I pretty much sang my whole life, whether it was through the radio or whatever was going on," she said.
In her spare time, the award-winning bluegrass songstress enjoys reading and camping. "I love camping because it is so quiet," she said.
For more information on Kenny and Amanda Smith, check out their official website.
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