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Louisiana native wins Song of the Year in Dollywood Theater

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm

By Taylor Lockard

Born and raised in Louisiana, Kathryn Shipley’s strong vocals won her the song of the year award in modern country (female artist) at the Josie Music Awards (JMA) in Dollywood Saturday, Sept 8.
Shipley said she’s “So elated that this hometown girl has been able to show people you are never too old to live out dreams and do amazing things.”
Shipley graduated from Louisiana in the class of 1983 and moved to Warrensburg in 1984 to attend the University of Central Missouri.
Eight new song collaborations are in the works, but even with all the hours she puts into recording music, Shipley still devotes time to voluntarily sing at her church in St. Charles, known as Harvester Christian Church.
Earlier this year in January, Shipley was going on a radio show to talk about her 2017 JMA award and came into contact with fellow winner singer/songwriter Chuck Thomas, whom she’d never met.
After the interviews, Shipley said Thomas messaged her, saying he had listened to some of her vocals and he had the perfect song for her.

Shipley receives the 2018 Song of the Year Award in Modern Country, along with songwriter Chuck Thomas.

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