Wednesday, September 14, 2011
– Ashton Shepherd has lived life in two very different worlds - small town Alabama and the life of a touring artist - and she'd like to keep it that way.
Fans can get a glimpse of both on "Ashton Shepherd - Where Country Grows," premiering Monday, Sept. 19, 9 p.m. eastern on Great American Country (GAC). The special takes a look at Shepherd's new music and debuts the music video for Where Country Grows, the title track of her second album and her current single.
Leroy, Ala., has a population of less than 1,000 people but it's where Shepherd feels most at home. "My life in Leroy is of course very different from the Nashville scene," she said. "It's very country and very laid back."
"Being a country music star was very dream like; coming from such a rural area where everybody had their ideas of what they wanted to do when they grew up. I tried to learn what I should do, and I was a little scared of having a record deal," she said.
A self-financed three-song demo eventually fell into the hands of Universal Music chief Luke Lewis who offered her a recording contract.
"It's still surreal when you hear her on the radio or see her on the Internet," said Shepherd's sister, Tara. "You can type her name in Google and there she is, but to me, she's just sis."
Viewers will see family photos and videos that date back to Shepherd's first talent contest at age eight and a half when she performed two Patsy Cline songs and received her first standing ovation.