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With Lee Ann Womack as her mother, it comes as no surprise that Aubrie Sellers has grown up to become a talented singer and songwriter. Like her mother, Sellers found her way into the country music industry, and released her debut album, New City Blues on January 29, 2016.
Leading up to the release of Sellers’ album, she had the chance to fulfill every aspiring country artist’s dream, and made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry. In an exclusive interview with the Opry prior to her performance at the legendary Ryman Auditorium, Sellers described her lifelong love of music.
“I always knew I wanted to do music but I didn’t think about it as a career until later,” Sellers said.
Sellers’ step father, Frank Liddell was also featured in the exclusive video, saying that Sellers drew from multiple genres in order to create her own, unique sound. Liddell said that Sellers was obviously influenced by country, but also drew inspiration from bluegrass and rock music.
Through the blending of these genres, Sellers said that she went on to create her own type of music that makes her stand out from other artists. “I started describing it as garage country,” she said, “which I think sort of encompasses a lot of my influences.”
“To know your heroes have played here is kind of crazy,” she said.
Sellers also had the chance to perform on the famous Ryman stage before the actual day of her debut, singing her songs “Losing Ground” and “Sit Here and Cry.” While Sellers describes “Losing Ground” as the “most traditional-leaning song” on her album, “Sit Here and Cry” seems to showcase her unique, “garage country” sound, with some elements of rock and country present in the song.
Even after her practice performance, Sellers still couldn’t believe that she was about to make her Opry debut.
“It’s kind of strange that I’m going to be playing,” she said. “I don’t think I’m going to really realize what’s happening until I’m doing it.“
Sellers was understandably nervous before she made her debut appearance at the Opry, but had a strong circle of people to support her, including her mother and Connie Smith, who introduced Sellers to the audience. Once Sellers took the stage, it seemed like all her nerves faded away, and she delivered a performance that left the crowd roaring with applause.
If Sellers’ debut Opry performance is any indication, we feel it’s safe to say that we’ll see her perform there many times in the future.
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