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Gwen Sebastian | "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock"
Gwen Sebastian grew up on a cattle farm in North Dakota. She began singing with her parents at a young age and thus, her love of music grew. She made her way to Nashville, TN and has been touring the country ever since.
After auditioning for Season 2 of the hit television show, “The Voice”, Gwen became a part of ‘Team Blake”. Surprisingly, success on the show, touring with coach Blake Shelton, playing the Grand Ole Opry, being named one of Country Weekly’s “Artist’s to Watch” and opening for Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on the Locked and Reloaded tour haven’t altered her course. If anything, they simply propelled her forward. Gwen’s stint on “The Voice” came full circle this season when she mentored ‘Team Blake’ & performed Blake’s current single “My Eyes”, a song which she is featured on his album. “The Voice has definitely catapulted my career,” she explains. “It was very validating and everything that’s happened from that point on is just at a different level.”
The validation of which she speaks has, perhaps, removed some of the obstacles many performers struggle with. Nowhere is this more evident than in Gwen Sebastian’s songs, and her latest self titled album. Rather than aim at external targets, Gwen turned inward and emerged with writing credits on 10 of the 14 compositions (one song, “Annie’s New Gun” appears in two versions, one solo & one with Miranda Lambert ). The album puts a focus on what has always set Sebastian apart – her voice, with its unique timbre and ability to marry strength with vulnerability. “I’ve been lucky to be able to tour and play a lot of shows, and that’s definitely helped me become a better vocalist,” she says. “I’m still not where I would want to be and I’m not sure if I ever will be, but I do hope I’m able to make people feel the song and what I’m feeling when I sing it.”
June 5, 2014 11:00 am SAMSUNG GALAXY STAGE – Thursday
August 5, 2014 7:00 pm ABC TV Special

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