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Sunday, 25 November, 2007 12:03 PM

CMA New Artist Spotlight: Katie Armiger

PHOTO BY ANGELA O'HEERON

Cold River recording artist Katie Armiger.

By Bob Doerschuk
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service

There's a history in Country Music of young singers with big voices making high-impact debuts. Some of them linger and grow through the years; others fade as the novelty of youth subsides. But all indications are that Katie Armiger is about to make a major splash and then keep making waves for years to come.

Just 16 years old, Armiger made herself heard two years ago by winning the title "Houston's Best Country Singer" in a competition sponsored by KKBQ/Houston. Her prize included an opportunity to cut a two-song demo in Nashville, with Mark Oliverius at the controls. He heard something exceptional in Armiger's throaty, heartfelt delivery.

That's all it took to expand his plans into producing her first full-length album.

Katie Armiger bristles with strong material, including seven tunes that she co-wrote. Typical is the slammin', medium-tempo "Hard Road." With its catchy chorus and swaggering groove, this track flaunts her writing chops - but her singing identifies her instincts for performance. She tackles the reflective lyrics with confidence yet holds just enough back to contrast with the guitar's aggressive riffs.

After pulling straight A's at Austin High School in Sugar Land, near Houston, Armiger has committed herself to a long radio tour as the first step toward chasing her dream. Katie Armiger has given her good position to begin that race at full-speed.

IN HER OWN WORDS:

Who is your dream duet partner?
"Tim McGraw. He has such a great gift for picking good songs."

Who is your musical hero?
"Martina McBride. She is an amazing singer with such a powerful voice."

What CD is on your stereo?
"Dierks Bentley's Long Trip Alone."

If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
"Nobody's Perfect."

What is your pet peeve?
"Waking up early. I'm not a morning person."

What moment in your life would you relive if you could?
"The last time I saw my grandfather. He was my biggest fan and I miss him very much."

On the Web: www.katiearmiger.net

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