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10/13/06-Longview

Local Singer Is A Country Music Sensation

She's been singing since before she could walk, now, she's 14 years old and has already signed a recording contract. Her name is Shelby Downing and she's been singing country music all over East Texas for years.

Shelby Downing has been singing ever since she can remember.

"I always knew I wanted to be a singer because I love performing in front of people and entertaining people," says Shelby.

At age five, her first public performance was at a family reunion.  Since then, she's been traveling all over East Texas, singing her heart out. 

"I love it. I just, entertaining from my hometown is what I want to do. It's just saying 'hey, I'm a Texas girl, I can entertain you.'"

And at the young age of 14, she already has a record deal, her own CD, and a BMI singer-songwriter contract. She writes her own music.

And when she's onstage she says, "I'm a completely different person. I just rock it out and stuff."

Along with singing, her passion is raising money for children with mental retardation, including her brother. 

"That is what goes through my head every time I sing is that I'm doing this for a purpose to help my brother."

And while Shelby hopes to make it big one day, she says her hometown of Longview will always have a special place in her heart. 

"You can't take Texas out of me. I'm always going to be that Texas Southern girl."

Next summer, Shelby will start touring throughout Canada and Europe. She will perform Saturday October 14 at 12:30 at the Marshall Fire Ant Festival and later that evening around eight o'clock at the Longview Bull Bash Rodeo.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com.

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