TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Abby Fender is determined to make it in the country music field, and her appearances on the reality/music show "Can you duet?" just may pave the road to stardom.
Abby Fender has been in show business since she was five. Growing up, Abby and her brother Mathis and mother Jane were regulars at the Tyler Civic Theatre, and if you went to any of the Texas Rangers games, you've probably heard Abby sing the national anthem. By the time she was 11, Abby and her brother were making the rounds of casting offices in New York. That is until Abby got homesick for Texas.
"I'm the one that got homesick," said Abby. "I couldn't take New York anymore so I decided I wanted to come home and kind of have a little bit of normal life."
But a normal life for Abby meant classes at Tyler's Robert E. Lee High School interspersed with flying to New York and L.A. for auditions. Abby has been in Nashville for the past two years and that seems to have paid off with her selection as a contestant in CMT's "Can you duet?"
"This is the beginning of the show," she said. "This is a big one fro me. This is probably the biggest opportunity I've had ever in my career because it's exactly what I want to do."
This is the second season for "Can you duet?" with the first season capturing millions of viewers and logging in as CMT's top rated show for the season.
"That's just an opportunity once in a lifetime deal," said Abby.
Abby was one of thousands of young hopefuls to audition for "Can you duet?", the newest offering from Free Mantle Productions, producers of the super successful "American Idol".
"They obviously know how to produce a reality/talent competition and show," said Abby. "They do a good job of it."
"Can you duet?" made its second season debut Saturday night. Ironically, while the other couples on the show sang duets, Abby was the only single to perform. Her partner had been dropped from the show, but the judges, which include Naomi Judd, Scott Brucheto and Big Kenny from from "Big and Rich", were so impressed with Abby, they kept her on the show as a single.
"Once you get a little taste where you could be or what you could be doing that just ignites a fire you can't put out," said Abby.
Abby Fender, who has paid her dues in auditions and turndowns, now is being heard by millions of country music fans throughout the world.
"When you finally hear yes it really does last, it goes a long way," she said. "So...it's been worth it.
You can catch Abby Fender's upcoming performance this Saturday night at 7 o'clock on CMT network's "Can you duet."