Artist of the day: Carmen Brandy
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With a voice that is young and sweet, but leaning toward edgy, Carmen Brandy shows a tender vulnerability that suits her and the stage of life she is passing through. Some songs are cheerfully buoyant, some wistful and eerie. Others are boldly defiant.
People have likened her to Taylor Swift, country music's reigning princess, who moved to Nashville at age 14 to jump-start her career.
And that's what Carmen plans to do.
This summer she will say goodbye to all her friends at Safety Harbor Middle School and her church, Calvary Baptist, as she and her family move to the rolling hills of Tennessee, where she plans to immerse herself in Nashville's country music scene just like her idols Johnny Cash ("he sings his life stories") and Dolly Parton ("her yodels are amazing").
She hopes one day to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, just as they were, but she says her main objective is to "make it in the music industry while keeping a moral standard.
"I want to express my faith in God because he's the reason for where I am today," she says.
For more on Carmen Brandy, click here for Terri Bryce Reeves' profile.