Martha White Announces Jingle Sweepstakes Winners

Ten to Sing With Marty Stuart and Rhonda Vincent

On The Grand Ole Opry Stage March 9

Mar 07, 2002, 00:00 ET from Martha White

    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
 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
     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
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