If you go
What: West Virginia Music Hall of Fame 2013 induction ceremony
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: state Culture Center Theater
Tickets: $60 for general admission
Info:www.wvmusichalloffame.com or 304-342-4412
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Calhoun County teen Autumn Blair got a great kickstart on her goal to become a professional country music singer with her appearance in the Lifetime TV reality series, "Chasing Nashville."
Taping has been completed and Blair is back home in West Virginia, where she's got to remain mum on the show's outcome for now.
But she is allowed to say that the show already has opened some doors for her. She got to co-write songs with Nashville musicians.
And she has booked an early December gig in New York that will include some big stars. Again, much of it is a secret, though Blair is allowed to say it includes Jennifer Hudson.
"I'm actually getting a lot of good stuff happening right now," she said.
Saturday night, she heads to Charleston to perform for a pretty big local event, the 2013 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. She'll join another West Virginia TV star, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., as well as inductees Melvin Goins, Tim O'Brien, Peter Marshall and Wayne Moss. Murphy will receive the Hall of Fame 2013 Spirit Award.
Blair, a high school senior, says she'll sing her original song, "Hear Me Now."
TV series aside, this is a big deal for her and her family.
Her mom, dad, stepmother,
grandparents from both sides and brothers are coming to see her.
Blair says she has been singing since before she could talk — her family has tape recordings to prove it. She comes from a family of singers who have always encouraged her.
The producers from "Chasing Nashville" tracked her down after seeing an old YouTube video.