NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten bluegrass music fans from
across the country who were brave enough to sing the Martha White Jingle into
a phone will now see how they hold up when they sing the song live on the
world-famous Grand Ole Opry stage with Grammy Award-winner Marty Stuart and
IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent.
Their date with history is March 9, 2002.
"This ought to be fun," declared Vincent in announcing the winners. "From
a former member of the Marty Stuart Fan Club to a guitar player who always
dreamed of singing at the Grand Ole Opry, we've got winners of all types and
voices coming to sing with us on country music's most famous stage. And they
couldn't be singing a better song! The Martha White Theme is a standard at
bluegrass festivals everywhere. This will be an exciting night for us all."
The Grand Prize winners were randomly selected to sing on the Opry with
the two artists after recording their own version of the Martha White Theme
via the phone in a recent Martha White Sing-A-Long Sweepstakes contest.
So are they anxious about their Grand Ole Opry debut? Yes. No. And
"I admit I'm a bit nervous," said winner Diane Daily of Bloomington, Ind.
"The Opry is part of America and what's good about our country. This is a big
Albert Taylor of Elizabethton, Tenn. felt completely opposite. "I'm
excited, not nervous at all," he said. "I played in bands growing up and have
always dreamed of this day. It can't come soon enough!"
But Faye Kellam was not quite as certain. "I've never been to the Grand
Ole Opry, and I've never even been to Nashville," said the Santa Maria, Calif.
resident. "I really only sing just for fun, so I may have a few butterflies
once I get there."
The seven other Grand Prize winners are: Glenda Hall, Lanett, Ala.; Susan
Pfleging, Terre Haute, Ind.; Diane Caldwell, Nashville, Tenn.; Shanon Gregory,
Cincinnati, Ohio; Bob Dougherty, Mays Landing, N.J.; Anna Franks, Decatur,
Ala.; and Lisa Wolverton, Franklin, Tenn.
In 1953, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys began
barnstorming the countryside singing the praises of Martha White. Soon known
as the "World's Greatest Flour Peddlers," the group made the catchy jingle
"You Bake Right With Martha White" popular with bluegrass and country fans
worldwide. The famous jingle still remains a must-sing bluegrass standard.
Marty Stuart, who performed with mentor and friend Lester Flatt as a
teenager, currently has four gold albums, a number of hit singles and is one
of country music's most well-known stars. His likeness currently graces
limited edition packages of Martha
White Self-Rising Flour as part of the Martha White Flour Legends of
American Music series, that also includes likenesses of Earl Scruggs and
Vincent, whom the Wall Street Journal recently called "The New Queen of
Bluegrass," is currently touring with her band, The Rage, on the Martha White
Bluegrass Express Tour Bus -- in the tradition of Flatt & Scruggs. With 19
albums to her credit, Vincent is the International Bluegrass Music
Association's reigning Entertainer of the Year and has been twice-voted Female
Vocalist of the Year by IBMA.
Additional information about Stuart, Vincent and Martha White can be found
The ten Grand Prize winners will receive a trip for two to Nashville,
including accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Fifty First Prize
winners will receive the Martha White Bluegrass compilation CD, signed by
Marty Stuart. Five hundred Second Prize winners will receive the Martha White
Bluegrass compilation CD.
Martha White, the leading brand of Southern baking mixes and ingredients,
was founded in 1899 in Nashville, Tenn.
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