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Shawn Mayer to sing after Friday's Rodeo

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Iowa native Shawn Mayer will perform on Friday evening after the rodeo at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. Photo contributed
'Nashville Star' singing sensation Shawn Mayer, formerly of May City, will be making an appearance Friday evening after the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo to sing some of her country hits.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. rodeo Friday evening include the price of the show and are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Kids (12 and under) are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate, with kids under 3 getting in for free.

Nashville Star Finalist Shawn Mayer is a 22-year-old country music loving singer/songwriter from May City: population 45.

She has been a full-time performer since the age of 15, playing everywhere from small town bars to opening on big stages for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Chris Cagle, Brad Paisley, ZZ Top, Jason Aldean, Trick Pony, Gretchen Wilson and many more.

In May City, Shawn was not afraid to get her guitar-picking hands dirty; the striking black-haired blue-eyed beauty worked as a mechanic, a volunteer firefighter, and tending pigs on a hog farm.

Her parents, Mark and Shandra Mayer, always encouraged her to make her own way - and it has been through this encouragement that she has forged her courageous path to fulfill her dreams of stardom in Nashville, Tenn.

Depending on a tip jug to pay her bills, Mayer arrived in Nashville in 2006 and set out to make it even if it meant playing every honky-tonk on Nashville's famed Broadway Avenue.

Playing her guitar and singing her own songs as well as cover tunes, Mayer caught the ears of local fans and music row executives alike, and it wasn't long before she was writing with some of the hottest writers in Nashville.

In 2007 Mayer took a chance and auditioned for NBC's reality series 'Nashville Star,' becoming one of 45,000 people competing for 12 spots on the network show. Mayer not only scored a spot on the show, but wowed audiences week after week as the judges (Grammy Nominee John Rich, platinum-selling artist Jewel and award-winning songwriter Jeffery Steele) critiqued her songwriting, singing and performance abilities.

On original song night, Jewel summed Mayer up the best after her heartfelt performance of her song "I'm Not Looking Back", when she said "you're a little bit dangerous and you're best on your own material." Apparently the fans agreed and voted Mayer into the top three to finish the show.

Mayer has currently just finished touring America with the Nashville Star Tour, is writing songs for her forthcoming album, and has just signed an exclusive publishing deal with Savannah Music Group.

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