Let’s start from the beginning because Courtney’s story starts way before this whirlwind summer vacation. By now, Courtney is a seasoned professional, having graced the stage in front of thousands of fans all across the country for nearly a decade. It all started as a toddler, when Courtney began acting and modeling, finally becoming the youngest member of the Little General Cloggers on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. By the age of 6, Courtney had the honor of performing at President Jimmy Carter’s Birthday Celebration. Over the next few years, Courtney honed in on her talents by studying with the top acting and vocal coaches in Los Angeles and creating an impressive list of appearances for a small town girl from Acworth, Georgia.
By 2009, Courtney decided it was time to start focusing more on her music career. Courtney, accompanied by her parents, made the 4-hour trip from Acworth to Nashville to start recording her debut EP. The choice soon became evident where Courtney would record the EP – Ocean Way Studios. After all, it is the world’s most awarded studio complex. With a hand picked backing band of country’s a-list musicians, magic happened, and Taking Chances was born.
Since the release of Taking Chances in October of 2009, Courtney has barely had time to live the life of a normal teenager. She’s spent the past four summers performing at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge during CMA Fest. And CMA Fest 2011 was no different. Courtney took the stage at the Hard Rock Café with her newly formed band that blew everyone away. From her original songs like Quarter to Never and It’s Gotta be Rough to her unique country-fied cover of Born This Way, no one could deny that Courtney is on to something special.
How did you spend the summer you turned 16? Most people would tell you they spent their summer learning how to drive a car. But that’s just the beginning for Courtney. Courtney, unlike many other teens her age, spent the summer of her sweet 16 filming her first music video for Quarter to Never, racking up numerous performances during CMA Fest, as well as performing during the pre-party for Sugarland at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. And that was all by the beginning of July!
Whether it was Courtney’s Ready, Set, Don’t Go, duet with Billy Ray Cyrus at age 12, opening for Cowboy Troy at the Big & Rich party, or even performing the national anthem at an Atlanta Braves game, Courtney always finds a way to bring her southern roots to the stage, and won’t let anyone forget that she’ll always be a country girl.
Courtney Dickinson is a member of CMA, BMI and SAG.
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