DENVER â€“ Lindsay Ann Castle is experiencing the dream that many young stars wish for.
The 16-year-old is making it big in Nashville and has been included on an upcoming compilation CD.
â€œThe Nashville Palace All Starsâ€ includes five cover songs from Castle and also music from several other artists.
The albumâ€™s release party will be held in Nashville on Feb. 4.
â€œI am so excited,â€ Castle said. â€œItâ€™s such a honor for them to ask me to be on a Nashville album.â€
Known as â€œthe little girl with the cowboy hat,â€ she has performed almost 50 times at the Nashville Palace, a popular spot for live music.
The Palace was where country music star Randy Travis got his big break, and where he started out washing dishes.
What started out as a family vacation to Nashville has become so much more for Castle. She is becoming well known singing country music.
â€œI would like to be a singer one day and get a record deal,â€ she said. â€œI would also like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.â€
Singing music started at a young age for Castle. Home videos show her singing along to Christmas carols.
Her first performance was in kindergarten, when she sang â€œA Whole New Worldâ€ dressed in her cowboy boots and Princess Jasmine outfit.
Her father Steve noticed her talent right away.
â€œI put a lot of time into her, so I must have seen something,â€ he said. â€œTo me it was not a gradual thing. It would be a month later, and she would make a big advance and I would say, â€˜I canâ€™t believe this.â€™â€
Her first performance at the Nashville Palace was when she was only 11-years-old, when she sang, â€œStand By Your Man.â€
Her father helped get her first CD out as well, which is entitled â€œBorn Countryâ€ and features songs such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Star and Daddyâ€™s Hands. Lindsayâ€™s father recorded the songs for her and sent it off to get the cover printed.
Castle said many of her friends and teachers at North Lincoln High School have purchased her CD.
Castle also performs locally. She sings at CWâ€™s Music Barn in Denver every Saturday night at 8 p.m. with the â€œCountry Choice Band.â€ The barn is located on Pilot Knob Road in Denver.
â€œI grew up with them, they are like family, I love them,â€ Castle said.
She has also played at Relay for Life events for four years in a row and at the Apple Festival.
Castle is hoping to start to sing at Curlyâ€™s BBQ on N.C. 73 and Sugar Buzzâ€™s patio once the weather turns warm.
Her music style ranges from artists such as LeAnn Rimes to Merle Haggard. Castle has also started songwriting and has picked up playing the guitar.
For more information on Castle visit her Web site at www.geocities.com/nashvillesgal.
by Amy Wadsworth