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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2005 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Andrea Zonn, which she submitted to this site on Thursday 17 November 2005.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Andrea Zonn who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Thursday 17 November 2005.
'What a lovely task. I’ve spent some time thinking about Gene’s music, and reflecting on how he has impacted my own musical journey, and so I offer these thoughts.
My father and I never missed an opportunity to listen to Gene Watson, and we were always delighted at the chance to see him in live performance.
He is the perfect country artist, a voice as smooth and pure as can be, delivering timeless, country classics. One of my all time favourites!'
Thank you, Andrea Zonn, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Andrea Zonn...
Andrea Zonn was encouraged to explore her musical passions from an early age. The oldest child in a musical family, Andrea began to study the violin at the age of five. She started playing the fiddle at the age of ten and travelled the contest circuit around the prairies of her native Illinois (she is from the town of Champagne).
When she was fourteen years old, Andrea Zonn was accepted as a freshman violin major at the University of Illinois. Two years later, she transferred to Vanderbilt University in Nashville where she won numerous classical violin competitions and was awarded a fellowship to the prestigious Aspen Music Festival. That same year, she won the National Fiddle Championship in Winfield, Kansas.
Andrea Zonn is a singer/violinist who made the rounds with some of country music's finest musicians, including Pam Tillis, Ronnie Milsap and Lyle Lovett, in the early 1990s.
Andrea Zonn's most important and highest-profiled job in Nashville, however, was as Vince Gill's harmony singer and violinist. Andrea made major contributions to the success of the Vince Gill albums 'Pocket Full of Gold' (MCA Records, 1991) and 'I Still Believe in You' (MCA Records, 1992).
Andrea Zonn also made an invaluable contribution to Bobbie Cryner's self-titled debut album, 'Bobbie Cryner' (Epic Records, 1993), providing harmony vocals on two tracks, 'Daddy Laid The Blues On Me' and 'Leavin' Houston Blues'.
Andrea Zonn also contributed to the track 'You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)', which was included on 'A Picture Of Hank: The New Bluegrass Way' (Mercury Records, 1995), a compilation album of Hank Williams' songs performed in bluegrass music style.
In 2004, Andrea Zonn began concentrating on a solo recording career and saw the release of her debut album, 'Love Goes On' (Compass Records, 2004), the title track of which was written by Ireland's Paul Brady.
The voice and fiddle of Andrea Zonn have graced recordings by Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt, George Jones, T-Bone Burnett, Neil Diamond, Paul Brady, Amy Grant, Mickey Newbury, Tim O’Brien, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush and Darrell Scott.
Some of the artists Andrea Zonn has toured with include Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Tony Trischka, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Brown, Jerry Douglas and James Taylor.
Andrea Zonn's debut release, 'Love Goes On' (Compass Records, 2004), was met with critical acclaim, including being named one of 2003's Top 10 new artists in the 'Country Music Critics’ Poll'.
With an ardent sense of global awareness, Andrea Zonn co-produced 'Hands Across The Water: A Benefit For The Children Of The Tsunami'. As a response to the Asian tsunami of 2004, the project featured collaborations between American folk artists and their Celtic counterparts, including John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Altan, Vince Gill, Lunasa, Cerys Matthews and Jackson Browne. All proceeds from record sales were distributed to aid children affected by the devastation.