Teen vocalist and Jr. Idol winner set to release debut CD

NORWICH – She may be only 13 years old, but a quick look at vocalist and songwriter Kaitlyn Jackson’s musical resume reveals a talented young performer with an bright future ahead of her.

In May, the local country singer competed in – and won – the 3rd annual Central New York Radio Group Jr. Idol competition. Within the next two weeks, she’ll release her debut CD, “Crush,” recorded in and around Nashville with the help of some serious country music talent.

On her first visit to “Music City,” Jackson had an opportunity to record three of the album’s eight original songs with Dolly Parton producer and Reba McEntire guitarist Kent Wells at the famed Sound Kitchen Studio. In addition, the soon-to-be eighth grader had an chance to take some vocal lessons from one-time Carrie Underwood vocal coach Buzzy Orange, work with songwriters Sarah Majors and Marty Brown – who’s writing credits include stints with Trisha Yearwood, George Strait and Garth Brooks – and watch a group of professional musicians chart and record her first studio effort.

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