By Magen McCrarey
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A Laurel County native has landed a spot on ABC's TV series, Nashville. Having just released her debut album "Curvy Roads" in June, singer Angie Patton should fit right into the American musical drama that is releasing some of its made-for-TV singles on iTunes.
Nashville premiered on ABC on October 2012. In late November, Patton scored a role as an extra in several scenes of the show. Episode 10, in which Patton will be featured, will air in January 2013.
"It's very surreal to me that it has happened. It's been the right people at the right time and, every person I meet, I see as a connection to the next step, the next door opening," she said.
Patton has had a long-time dream of a musical career.
"I already had the dream in my heart, and I've had it since I was a little kid. I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up," Patton said.
She began singing at Laurel County's Canyon Park Pentecostal Church at age 3. Locally, she has also performed at the Laurel County Homecoming Princess Pageant, World Chicken Festival and won in 1989 for her talents, singing Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger.
"I still keep that song in my shows, because it's a milestone in my life," she said.
But at 17, she married, had two daughters, and put her musical pursuits on hold.
"Dreams... they take second place when you have kids," Patton said.
Today, her husband, Mitch Howard, and daughters, Maggie, 13, and Cassidy, 11, are supporting her dreams, which have recently gained speed at full throttle, she said. It all began when she was thrown a curve ball last year.
"I was supposed to go to the X Factor (on FOX) and lost my voice a week before. I thought God must have a bigger plan (for me) than the X Factor," she said.
She then took a stab at song writing in a tribute to the biggest influence in her life — her father, Fred Patton.
"I sat down with my nephew on the front porch of Mom and Dad's house and he started playing the music and I started singing. It was like the words were just coming out and I couldn't keep up on paper. It's called Daddy's Song," she said.
She first sang the song to him on his 70th birthday.
She credits Daddy's Song for leading her back to her dreams.
After that moment, she traveled to Texas to record a demo and the experience provided her the confidence she needed to move forward. In October, she released her first music video for "Jealous Women."
She's written more than 85 songs and released eight. Her easy listening vocals are original but powerfully recognizable with a deep-rooted country influence. Her inspirations are her daily relationships and life experiences.
When she's not traveling for performances, Patton spends quality time with her daughters and works with her father at the Patton Livestock Market in London.
"Life's too short not to chase your dreams. You get one chance to go around," Patton said.
Patton will perform this week on Friday, Dec. 14 at Vino's in Bowling Green, Ky. from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information at upcoming shows, visit angiepatton.com, or download her album "Curvy Roads" on iTunes.