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My Favorite Singers--and Why
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, June 08, 2002

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This is another part of my life. One of the most important things about me is the fact that I happen to like music..MOST music, that is.

But my favorite type of music so happens to be country/western and also Cajun music.

I DON'T like conjunto, most Latin, easy listening, and I DEFINITELY CAN'T STAND big-band music!! (GAG!) I DO like rock'n'roll (especially if it's the older, like the rock music from the 70s on down), SOME rap (as long as it DOESN'T have any NASTY lyrics in the song!), gospel (in particular, southern gospel or the old hymns, songs like "The Old Rugged Cross", "How Great Thou Art", and "Peace In The Valley", to name a few), and even classical and some opera, but my favorite happens to be country/western and Cajun. (The more traditional, the better I like it!) I also love bluegrass music.

In country music, Loretta Lynn and Alan Jackson rule supreme. I like Loretta Lynn the best because she is a legend in her art, and she tells it like it is. She is a classy entertainer who still knows how to bring people in to her shows, and she has fans young and old. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and she has NOT let fame get to her head all these years later. She is a true inspiration to me. As for Alan Jackson, he is a dynamic songwriter, and his music speaks to the heart (in particular, his moving tribute to September 11, "Where Were You [When The World Stopped Turning]"; wow, what a POWERFUL song!!!). He is also a talented singer and--he is cute, too, besides! I also enjoy Mark Chesnutt, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Collin Raye.

There are others I like, but the two above individuals are my very favorites. I also enjoy the kids who sing country music, kids like Kata Hay, Amber Morgan, Hunter Hayes, Billy Gilman, Melise Jow, and Heather Meyer. They may be young, but all have incredible talent, and all know how to entertain an audience.

It is exciting to think of what they will be like in the future.

In Cajun music, my favorites are Belton Richard, Jimmy C. Newman, Sheryl Cormier, "BeauSoleil", Jackie Caillier, Helen Boudreaux, Mitch Landry/"The Cajun Ramblers", Hunter Hayes (note he is listed twice), Wayne Toups, and Camey Doucet. All are legends in Cajun music (or, in Hunter's case, legend IN THE MAKING!), and I have been fortunate to have seen them all in concert. I have also met the above individuals, and all were super nice. Another one I meant to list (but forgot to) is Jo-El Sonnier. Another goodie.

In bluegrass, I like Bill Monroe, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, The Peasalls, Ralph Stanley, The Osborne Brothers, Ryan Holladay, The Isaacs, Ricky Skaggs, Mark O'Connor, and Patty Loveless (although more country, Patty makes a convincing bluegrass singer, as does Dolly Parton).

In gospel, it is definitely The Goodmans. I have always liked them. I also like Betty Jean Robinson, Kaitlyn Dagenais (11, but a gospel star in the making), Victoria Huggins (8, but another future gospel diva), The Isaacs, Laverne and Edith Tripp, Karen Wheaton (what an annointed powerhouse SHE is!), Renee' Bondi (what an inspiration SHE is!), Joni Earickson-Tada (ditto), The Perrys, The Crabbs, The Whisnants, The Kevin Spencer Family, Dallas Holm, and Kirk Franklin. Also Donnie McClurken. (I THINK
that's his name!)

In rock, it's "KISS" (I think they have dynamic skill as musicians and singers, and their harmony is legendary, as are their live performances), Bill Haley and "The Comets", Elvis, "The Supremes", Stevie Wonder, The Partridge Family, "Steppenwolf", Spirit", "The Mamas and The Papas", "*N'Sync", Whitney Houston, Tracie Spencer, Mariah Carey, and ESPECIALLY Celine Dion.

As you might have guessed, Celine Dion is my favorite when it comes to pop or rock music.

My rap section is small, but here goes. In rap, I enjoy Mystikal, Li'l Bow-Wow, Li'l Romeo, Mary J. Blige (I LOVE her song, "No More Drama In My Life"!), MC Hammer (who is now a Christian artist), and Bobby'e J. Thompson, who is only 5--but is already a seasoned little rapper. I've seen him on tv a few times, and I was really impressed with the little guy's talent!!

In classical, I enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, and Brahms; I also like Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti (although I DO think he owes some of his disappointed fans a show when he cancelled out on them for reasons unknown, especially since they probably shelled out some serious bucks for tickets!!), Beverly Sills, Yo Yo Ma, and Itzhak Perlman, who, despite being on crutches from polio, remains a force to be reckoned with (my parents were fortunate to have seen him live in concert, and they were AMAZED!!). He is truly an inspiration to all who have seen him--and a musical genius that CAN'T be beat!!

So there you have it. My run-down list of favorite performers and why.

Some legends, and some future legends. But terrific performers, all!!!

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