RENDEZVOUS 2017 ARTIST LINE UP
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2014 Wrangler Award for Best Original Western Composition "Portrait of a Cowgirl"
2014 & 2015 SCMA ROOTS Artist of the Year and Album of the Year "Portrait of a Cowgirl"
AWA Female Entertainer of the Year WMA Crescendo Award
Alberta Recording Industry Assoc
Female Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter and Musical Score of the Year
2017 Academy of Western Artist
Female Performer of the Year.
2016 Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year.
WMA Crescendo Award and the Western Swing Album of the Year Award from the WMA as well as the Rural Roots Commission for “Cowgirl Swing.” In 2014 she made history by being the youngest person to receive the prestigious New Horizons Wrangler Award for her debut CD, "Gotta Be A Cowgirl".
Western Music Association
Seven Time Female Performer of the Year
2014 Album of the Year “Granite Mountain”
Academy of Western Artist
1999-2005-2014 Female Vocalist of the year
"American Cowboy Magazine"
named Belinda one of the top 50 Country and Western Entertainers of all time.
An award winning Native American Flute player, Gareth is of Mi'kmaq/Cree descent. Remarkably talented well beyond his 18 years, Gareth has been touching lives and moving souls by tugging at heartstrings of many all over the world. Gareth wrote his debut album, "The Journey", with the help of GRAMMY nominated songwriter and Dove Award producer, Robert White Johnson. The album was released in July of 2013, and in 2014 he received the Rising Star Award, was a two-time NAMMY Award nominee, and a four-time Indian Summer Music Award nominee.
Nashville rising start, Stephanie originally hails from Minnesota.
Stephanie grew up working on her family's ranch while developing her consummate country western style.
After arriving in Nashville, she wasted no time establishing her roots in the country music scene by fronting the house band at the famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Despite distance between Nashville and Minnesota, Stephanie's songwriting never suffered anything that resembled identity crisis. Instead, her writing prowess shined through her debut album that maintained never being too proud to appreciate God's sense of humor, and always finding purpose in His ability to make something out of nothing.
MIKE & DORIS MERRITT
Mike & Doris will lead our Cowboy Church on Sunday morning and share their music throughout the weekend.
In 2015 they were named the International Country Gospel Music Association Duo of the Year and in 2016 Doris was named the Female Vocalist of the Year.
Doris is a native of Nashville and a member of the country group the Girls Next Door. Mike is a former Texas Cowboy and member of an Award winning Texas band.
They now reside in Hugo OK and serve through their Merritt Cowboy Ministries.
Anyone familiar with the top trail riding show on RFD TV will surely be familiar with Del’s career as the featured entertainer and Co-Host on the weekly TV show Best of America by Horseback.
Four albums make up the list of recordings Del has put together over the past few years, mastering both traditional classics and his own works of original favorites. “Listen Close” is a number that made it to number two on the Sunset International Western Music chart as did the last two of Del’s albums making it to number nine on these charts. These albums are filled with songs you’ll want to hear again and again.
THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR
Reuniting last year for RENDEZVOUS 2016 the "Girls" are joining us again for RENDEZVOUS 2017!
Girls Next Door was formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1982 and disbanded in 1991 to raise their families. The group consist of Doris King-Merritt, Cindy Nixon Psanos, Diane Williams Austin, and Tammy Stephens Smith.
The Girls Next Door recorded two albums for MTM Records and one for Atlantic Records.
In addition to charting nine singles on the U.S. country charts, their most successful song was "Slow Boat to China", which reached number 8 on the country charts.