Nashville Star’s New Queen of Country Music

Melissa Lawson is the newly crowned Nashville Star.  Some of you may remember that earlier this year I sent in an audition tape for this season but wasn’t selected for call backs.  Now, the caliber of contestants on this season of Nashville Star, which was new to the NBC network, didn’t compare with the last six seasons of contestants from the USA Network seasons but I am so pleased that Melissa Lawson won.  Being a voluptuous woman and 5 foot, 10 inches myself and a belter of a singer I was rooting for Melissa from the beginning.  I knew she had the voice to win and be successful in country music, especially compared to the other contestants this season, but I was worried that viewers wouldn’t vote the bigger, older girl through.  Older is anything over twenty-five most of the time and Melissa is only thirty-one.  I am very proud of country music fans because they can accept a singer for who they are and what they can do. 

A Little Baking and a Little Singing

Today has been a busy day in the kitchen for me.  One of my close friends here in Okinawa is taking the kids home for the summer and has asked me to make her some of Martha Stewart’s Coconut Cupcakes.  These cupcakes are simply AMAZING but are tricky to make.  There are a lot of big steps and things tend to get a bit messy.  Well, now I am exhausted but the cupcakes do look amazing.  I highly recommend making these delectable treats when you need a fancy cupcake to knock everyone’s socks off.  It has worked for me every time. 


Last night AFN started to air the new “Nashville Star”.  It began airing in the States last week on NBC.  Some of you know that I auditioned for this season via a video recording audition.  The U.S. Military and DOD employees and their dependants were allowed to submit a recorded video audition tape that was then compared against all other tapes from military installations all over the world.  This included ships, bases, and everything in between where eligible persons may be stationed. 

The hubby and I were settled in for two hours of prime singing entertainment because that is what we expect from this show and have been fans over the last few seasons that aired on USA Network.  Well, last night made us wonder just what about my video audition wasn’t good enough.  I will continue to watch as the new season goes forth this summer but as of the first night’s performances, there wasn’t much there. 

I’d like to share with you the two songs I cut when I did a demo in Nashville in 2002.  It’s hard to believe that it was that long ago because I can still smell the cedar lined recording studio nestled into the Brentwood, TN suburbs.  It was an amazing experience.  Karen Brandt\’s Demo Recording of \”Sorry\” & Karen Brandt\’s Demo Recording of \”You\’re Not Here To Miss You\”