Martha White Announces Jingle Sweepstakes Winners
Ten to Sing With Marty Stuart and Rhonda Vincent
On The Grand Ole Opry Stage March 9
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 maybe. "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 deal." 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 Rhonda Vincent. 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 at www.marthawhite.com. 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. CONTACT: Paige Trivett (615) 780-3329 MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X15688185
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